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Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  325 ratings  ·  20 reviews

The evolution versus creationism conflict is here to stay. Even after their devastating defeat in the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision, advocates of intelligent design and other forms of creationism continue to revise their strategies for undermining the teaching of evolution-and thus of science in general-in American schools. In this revision of Evolution vs. Creationism, Eug

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Paperback, 298 pages
Published October 12th 2005 by University of California Press (first published June 30th 2004)
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Steven Peterson
This book is a useful introduction to the debate over evolution, with key arguments by evolutionary theorists and creationists juxtaposed. It is especially distressing that, according to the author, intelligent design (ID) advocates refused permission to add their works to the book. That prevents consideration of ID, an updated form of creation science.

The first parts of the book summarize key assumptions of the two camps, including noting the variations of each "school of thought." Starting wi
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Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction 1st Edition by Eugenie C. Scott

"Evolution vs. Creationism" is the well researched book regarding the history of the "controversy" of evolution versus creationism. Eugenie C. Scott, a physical anthropologist and the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) does a wonderful job a laying out the pertinent issues regarding the so-called controversy. This 298-page book is broken out in three major parts: Part I: Science, Evolut
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Jonathan
I'd been meaning to read this for quite a while and when I saw it in my local library decided to go for it.

The potential reader should be clear that this is not really an 'evenly-balanced' book. The author is firmly opposed to Creationism but she certainly wanted the Creationists' views to appear as far as possible in their own words. It is also not a book about evolution as such, though you may glean some useful information from the book.

It's an interesting enough book and anyone interested in
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Andrew Barrow
This is an excellent primer for the lay person not well-versed in the evolution vs. creation controversy. Scott argues from the side of science, using a balanced approach drawing from eminent scientific minds and members of the renascent creationism and intelligent design movements. Scott reveals the neocreationist tendencies toward clever and diversionary circumlocutions and inaccurate explanations of scientific thought that ultimately strengthen their "science" of "why." While evolutionists, e ...more
Holden
I didn't read the whole thing, but I read most of it, and got the idea.
There's a lot of evidence for evolution. And when I say "lots of evidence," I mean, scientists have as much confidence that the theory of evolution is true as they do gravity, thermodynamics, etc.
As a religious human, I have sought to accommodate the two things together, and I realized, after a lot of thought, that it really isn't that big of a deal for me to think that evolution was the process by which God created everyth
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John
An Excellent Introduction Explaining Why Evolution Is Science & Creationism Isn't

Physical anthropologist Eugenie C. Scott has had the daunting, indeed Herculean, task of defending the teaching of genuine science - by this I mean of course primarily evolutionary biology - in science classrooms throughout the United States as executive director of the National Center for Science Education. Hers has truly been the battle of "David" versus "Goliath", or rather, an asymmetrical conflict between a
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Paul Thiem
An outstanding book on the subject, that covers primarily the history over the social and legal debate of teaching evolution vs creationism in public education. Starts with the basics of the debate itself and then covers the history of the tactics of creationists; first trying to get evolution banned from the classroom, then to the more modern attempts to "teach the controversy" by getting modified forms of creationism such as intelligent design taught alongside evolution by claiming they are le ...more
Bob Anderson
Though this book is built similarly to a textbook, its purpose seems to be more to inform the individual student than to serve as the primary source for a class. I think that’s a fine direction for a book like this to take; growing up as I did in a state where the battle over whether to include creationism and its successors in the curriculum, or whether to allow students to opt out of evolution education, rages every year, such a book would have proven an welcome antidote to the nature of publi ...more
Victoria
Eugenie Scott provides an excellent resource for those trying to understand the debate over Evolution versus Creationism as it pertains to legislation, education, religion, and science. Her respectful approach and thorough understanding of the science covers the bases. I also liked her rephrasing of Survival of the Fittest to "Survival of the Fit Enough."
Mary
Oct 02, 2007 Mary added it
I'm actually reading it for fun and not b/c I'm studying anthropology! I swear!
Brett Tompkins
Sep 05, 2008 Brett Tompkins rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I read this as a follow up to an intelligent design book, so it was more for me to learn about evolution than creationism. I like to have a broad grasp of both sides of every debate, especially so when I argue with someone, I at least know what I am talking about. This book was very informative on both sides of the creation/evolution debate. I have a better understanding of the principles of evolution and am able to see how survival of the fittest leads to evolution. However, some of the evoluti ...more
David
In this book, Eugenie Scott, the head of the National Center for Science Education, presents an updated version of her work on both the scientific and theological difficulties of creationism and intelligent design. She gives a detailed historical background for the issue, showing how creationism has "evolved" (to use an ironically appropriate term) through the years. She includes details on several key court cases involving creationism and intelligent design.

One of the more pleasantly surprising
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Craig Amason
The coverage in this book was impressive. Scott is a good writer and about as inclusive as anyone could expect. There is especially good coverage of the history of the creationism and ID movement as an organized challenge to the teaching of evolution as science. It astounds me that there are people who have been trained as scientists who still cling to creationism and ID. I just don't understand that level of suspension of intelligence. It is more understandable why politicians take stands again ...more
Peter
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I would only add that this is second edition, quite a coup to get judge jones to do the forward !
Good book, sometimes felt a bit disjointed jumping from various opinions of pro and con writers, the first person stuff from a pro creation and then a pro evolution source sometimes felt blurry, still makes one think, in a way, even better :)
Conor
A good summary of the evolution v creationism struggle. The only annoying thing is NCSE's 'noma' strategy, the sort of 'accomodationism' of religion which has been critiqued effectively elsewhere by the likes of Jerry Coyne.
Charles
A really excellent book on the subject. Reveals information and thought on both sides of the debate, though clearly the primary thinking of the author is on the scientific side.
Destiny
very informative book...but I would not recommend it for anyone who hasn't taken at least one college course in evolution or vertebrate zoology
James
An excellent comprehensive resource for those interested in the Evolution/Creationism pseudo-debate.
Mg
Le livre s'apparente à un manuel; il est réalisé par la directrice du NSCE
Britta
Dense & packed full of great information. This is one smart woman.
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