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Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwin and Intelligent Design (Politically Incorrect Guides)

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A battle-hardened veteran of the culture war over Darwin and intelligent design explains who is fighting whom, the roots of the conflict, and the evidence for and against each viewpoint. Unabridged. 6 CDs.
Audio CD, 6 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published August 1st 2006)
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Rasheed
Jan 21, 2011 Rasheed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Explains the important issues of the controversy surrounding Darwinism and ID in a very clear, understandable and often humorous and witty style. I can understand now why the author is vilified by Darwinists so much. Lots of extremely hilarious but true stories about them inside! The issues are discussed in the light of the physical sciences, such as biology, paleontology, astronomy and biochemistry, as well as from the political, social, historical and religious angles.

An exceptionally fun read
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John
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design" is the latest, rather valiant, but intellectually dishonest, effort by Discovery Institute Fellow Jonathan Wells to defend the merits of an idea - Intelligent Design - which was demonstrated conclusively, beyond any reasonable doubt, to be a religious doctrine pretending to be science at the 2005 Kitzmiller vs. Dover (Dover, PA) trial presided by Republican Federal judge John Jones. In Judge Jones' landmark, historic decision, ...more
Michael
May 25, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it
There is, alas, only one anti-evolution/intelligent design book. This is another version of it. I suppose that it is comforting to some that there are so many author willing to rehash the same old bogus arguments but I just find it sad. Evidence for biological evolution is now so overwhelming that denial will soon be impossible without some seriously strong kool-aid.
Mark Cooper
Apr 23, 2012 Mark Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-2009
[Audio:] Great summary of the ID ideas and challenges to evolution, though it doesn't go into great depth on any particular subject (doesn't claim to do so, either). It also provides some jaw dropping examples of the childish and vicious behavior of Darwinist adherents. Scientists--at least I was always taught this--are to pursue truth and dogma be darned. The behavior of some of the Darwinists does a nice job of paralleling the very behavior the Medieval Church is purported to have done. They u ...more
Bonnie
Jul 13, 2007 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
Fascinating discussion of evolution and intelligent design, made understandable for the average person
Jimmy
Though Intelligent Design is not my cup of tea when it comes to apologetics argument for the Christian faith nevertheless I read this book in order to stay abreast with contemporary non-Presuppositionalist's apologetics. The beginning of the book defined the term evolution, Darwinism, Creationism and intelligent design which is helpful so that readers can be more precise in their own use of the term. This section made me realize that I need to ask those I'm interacting with to define what they m ...more
Barbara
Aug 31, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, science
The apostle Paul complained of having a "thorn in his flesh," possibly referring to some type of physical or psychological problem. Today, advocates of evolution have religious fundamentalists as their thorn, and vice versa. The problem is that for all that evolution supposedly explains, it leaves many questions unanswered. Calling it a "proven fact" seems a bit premature, especially considering that the majority of the evidence can be interpreted in different ways.

"Faith is not a possession of
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John Brackbill
Jul 14, 2014 John Brackbill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listen to do this on audiobook. This is an introduction to intelligent design. It is not young earth creationism but it provides some good arguments against Darwinian evolution by exposing the weak evidence and the unscientific hostility of Darwinian scientists against any other theories. Very boldly the author predicts the failure of Darwinian evolution and the triumph of intelligent design by arguing for the already present characteristics of a scientific revolution. The regular listing of " ...more
John
Dec 15, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, science
Despite the goofy cover art and obnoxious blurb from Ann Coulter, this is an excellent, honest (though admittedly biased), and engaging look at the origins debate between Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Author Jonathan Wells explains why Intelligent Design, despite hysterical opposition from critics, is in fact a reasonable, non-religious, and, yes, scientifically viable theory. He also illustrates how people too often let their politics and personal philosophies get in the way when dealing wi ...more
Hunchback Jack
I picked up this book in the hope of getting a clear, complete and well-articulated description of Intelligent Design from one of its leading proponents.

Not only did this book convince me that ID is completely unscientific in basis, but if Wells is any indication, its proponents are largely incapable of rational argument or logical thought. Fallacies abound in this screed pretending to be science. Not recommended.
Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this and a very good book, though it was written by a scientist and so there are lots of technical terms. It seems the Darwinist bunch are guilty of the same Fascist fundamentalism they use to accuse their detractors. Darwinists have attacked anyone who even seeks a scientific critical analysis of evolutionary biology with McCarthyistic zeal. Don't think, just nod and obey!
stormhawk
Nov 28, 2009 stormhawk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't seem as cohesive as some of the other books in the Politically Incorrect Guide series, but still provides a good analysis of what Intelligent Design both is and isn't.

There aren't any conclusions drawn about what the "right" answer is between ID and Darwinism, but does make it clear that you can't investigate one by excluding the other.
Joseph D. Walch
Apr 15, 2010 Joseph D. Walch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anybody who would like an easilly accessible book about the science of Darwinism and Intelligent Design. It goes head-long into controversies and theories of undirected evolution from the origin of life to archeological evidence (or lack thereof) to Haeckle's embryos to evo-devo. It's a fascinating read.
Boris
Oct 05, 2011 Boris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This an excellent and relatively brief survey of Intelligent Design, not only the facts that drive the theory, but also of the politics of those who disagree with it and do everything in their power to suppress it.
Randy
Jan 07, 2014 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If one were to be politically correct, that is, ideologically sound, one would characterize the debate between Darwinism and intelligent design as between science and the Bible, between reason and superstition. That is how it is essentially portrayed in the media and the scientific establishment.

Author Jonathan Wells, however, is anything but politically correct. He portrays the debate as a conflict between two views of what is real. On the one side are the Darwinists, protectors of a materialis
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Kevin
Sep 12, 2014 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was genuinely surprised to find this on my "to read" shelf. I couldn't recall buying it. Then I remembered it was a gift a few years ago.
I naively assumed from the title (and my usual reading fare) that it was a tongue-in-cheek look at Darwinism and Intelligent Design (ID).
No such luck!
It purports to be a serious discussion on the debate, and within a paragraph this was clear. I admit I would default to the pro-Darwin side of the debate so felt it only right that I remained open to potential p
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Ronald Degroat
Jan 31, 2012 Ronald Degroat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent summary of Intelligent Design and the problems of Darwinism. Unfortunately, the "theory" of evolution predicts nothing specific (as real scientific theories must), but is so flexible and vague that it can explain almost any observation. Consequently, the circumstantial and frequently contradictory genomic and fossil evidence is useless in proving or disproving "Molecules to Man" evolution. Microevolutionary changes (within a species) do not necessarily add up to macroevolutionary chang ...more
Herb
Jul 18, 2013 Herb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't survive the bull on perpetual charge in this book. Wells argues that Darwinism constantly fails to prove its validity on every scientific dialogue due to equivocation; meaning it's not definitively clear on what Darwinism truly is. Apart from my fundamental disagreement with the author on that premise, here's my biggest problem: Wells fails to recognize that as a proponent of Intelligent Design, he cannot possibly submit an impartial critique to readers. An unqualified authority to co ...more
Todd Stockslager
Wells pokes holes in Darwinism (defined as macro evolution, not microevolution, of all species from a common ancestor, by natural selection of random processes) and defends Intelligent Design as legitimate science, and clearly revels in the task. The writing is understandable, the examples are enlightening, and the control of Darwinism on the scientific establishments in government and universities is examined in numerous cases.

A scan of reviews on Amazon shows about a 60/40 split between 5 star
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Dave Hutson
I listened to the audio version so it was difficult to follow along with all the topics. Overall it reaffirmed my suspicions that Darwinists use bullying tactics to "prove" their theory. Intelligent Design!
Regina Hunter
Nov 18, 2011 Regina Hunter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, scientific words - check, many words - check, accusing - check, common freaking sense - FAIL!
Donald
Dec 06, 2007 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially Darwinists
This entire line of books is incredibly good, chocked full of information you usually don't find in history books or classes, giving new light to "accepted" history.

This one refutes the theory of evolution as just that, a theory, and points to the facts supporting a designed world, rather than a random one.
Void lon iXaarii
On the downside I did expect it to have a higher percentage of logical flow focus, on the upside though there's quite a couple of interesting idea seeds mentioned which are quite unique.
Jacob
Aug 23, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: id
Very interesting read. It bring out many of the follies of darwinism.
Matthew Matheson
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Dane
Mar 09, 2011 Dane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
Very good.
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Jonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a post-doctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hay ...more
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“Ewww... intelligent design people! They're just buck-toothed, Bible-pushing nincompoops with community-college degrees who're trying to sell a gussied-up creationism to a cretinous public! No need to address their concerns or respond to their arguments. They are Not Science. They are poopy-heads. There. I just saved you the trouble of reading 90 percent of the responses to the ID position... This is how losers act just before they lose: arrogant, self-satisfied, too important to be bothered with substantive refutation, and disdainful of their own faults... The only remaining question is whether Darwinism will exit gracefully, or whether it will go down biting, screaming, censoring, and denouncing to the bitter end.
— Tech Central Station contributor Douglas Kern, 2005”
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“The controversy between Darwinism and intelligent design has the characteristics of major scientific revolutions in the past. Darwinists are losing power because they treat with contempt the very people on whom they depend the most: American taxpayers. The outcome of this scientific revolution will be decided by young people who have the courage to question dogmatism and follow the evidence wherever it leads.” 13 likes
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