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Not by Chance!: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution

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Scientists and scholars across the globe praise this work as one of the most serious challenges to the modern theory of evolution. The author presents compelling scientific evidence that life on Earth could not have arisen by chance.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Judaica Press (first published June 1st 1997)
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Jun 21, 2012 LM rated it it was ok
I got this book because R' Eli Mansour quoted it in a shuir. Since it was essentially a
statistics book it was a little tough to get through and not the most fascinating thing in the
world, but I liked reading it. Like the title suggests it went on quite a bit about the
probable impossibility of one species' DNA mutating enough to become another
sustainable species. Also it touched on the project where they are trying (unsuccessfully)
to recreate the big bang. I learned that bacteria, which obvi
Spetner and Behe seem to be common go-to arguments for the anti-evolution crowd. Interestingly, both men accept evolution. Each has a problem with specific aspects, mutation and complexity respectively. The 1990's is when I became aware of "macro" and "micro" evolution terms sometimes used by those willing to allow for adaptation but not wanting to acknowledge that enough change could lead to divergence. Divergence can lead to novel forms but is not a requirement for new species -thus spiders lo ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Sylia rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I have ever read on the Evolution vs Creationist debate. He does not have as much of a grasp on scientific theory behind evolution as he would like to imagine, and the "genetic" and "no missing link found" proofs are so unbelievable-- as in, I don't believe you, buddy.

His tone is condescending. Just such an unpleasant book.

There are WAY better books on the topic!

Try out Rabbi Nathan Slifkin's The Challenge of Creation. This is a guy who knows what he's talking about, and
Spetner, PhD in physics and years of specialized study in organic evolution, takes the reader step by step, sometimes mini-step by mini-step, with the frequent reiteration necessary for the novice, convenient for the layman, but unnecessarily repetitious for the expert. Nonetheless, due to his nonconformist analyses, the result is an intriguing, informative text for anyone not already ideologically committed to the two chief rival dogmatic alternatives. His book addresses the neo-Darwinian theor ...more
Kevin Joannou
Jul 24, 2016 Kevin Joannou rated it did not like it
It's not often I start a book and never finish it, but when I do, it's usually by someone too dishonest to accurately represent Biological Evolution, or ignorant and too lazy to properly learn the science. Hard to say which one Spetner is.

On page 73 he actually claims that "one step of evolution cannot, on average, bring to the genome more than one bit of information." Anyone who has done even a little reading on Shannon-Weaver information theory could tell you that even adding a single nucleot
Lucas Johnson
Jan 22, 2016 Lucas Johnson rated it really liked it
Impressive. The author shows in fine fashion that randomness cannot be the progenitor of the wealth of information that has developed in living organisms. I enjoyed this one immensely, and highly recommend it as an antidote to less rigorous treatments of the issue.
Nov 19, 2012 Yeedle rated it liked it
Made for a very boring read. I thought that spetner refutes the "fact of evolution". But he does not, and as I discovered mid-book, he does accept the evolution of species, just not through randomness.
Dec 26, 2009 Mark rated it liked it
Solid arguments against the dogma of neo-darwinism. Not nearly as readable or fun as Behe
Rod Carty
Dec 06, 2008 Rod Carty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Creationist who wants to know more
Those probability numbers on random genetic change are amazing!
Nov 25, 2009 Leroy rated it did not like it
What I learned: Some question the ability of random mutations plus natural selection to account for the information in DNA.
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