Darwinian evolutionary theory has come to assume an aura of invincibility, especially within elite intellectual circles. Yet recent years have seen the rise to prominence of ever more sophisticated critiques of the ideas marketed under the name of Darwinism. Dissatisfaction with Darwinian theory seems to be reaching critical mass, as growing numbers of educated people, including philosophers, biochemists, biologists, lawyers, journalists, and theologians, identify serious problems with the regnant orthodoxy.
In Uncommon Dissent, mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive. While those who question Darwinism are often alleged, in the famous formulation of biologist Richard Dawkins, to be ignorant, stupid, insane, or downright evil, the measured, thought-provoking essays in Uncommon Dissent make it obvious that the critics of Darwinism cannot be so easily dismissed. The contributors are serious and skeptical inquirers whose challenges raise troubling questions about the viability of Darwinian ideology, and their arguments reveal at work a refreshing spirit of genuinely open-minded investigation. The result is a bracing book of undeniable intellectual power.
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