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Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement

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Evolutionary science lies at the heart of a modern understanding of the natural world. Darwin’s theory has withstood 150 years of scientific scrutiny, and today it not only explains the origin and design of living things, but highlights the importance of a scientific understanding in our culture and in our lives.

Recently the movement known as “Intelligent Design” has attra
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Vintage
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Sep 13, 2013 Brenda rated it did not like it
I found this book to be a very interesting look at the way scientists who want to ignore the fact that God exists argue against His hand in the creation of the universe. The people who contributed to this work often seemed to use the very tactics that they were slamming those in the camp of Intelligent Design for using. It was very defensively written and seemed to just try to make a mockery of those who don't agree with the kind of evolution they are teaching. They say there is no supporting ev ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: belief, evolution, science
I could read books about what a great scientific theory evolution for the rest of my life, and I probably will. The narrative of life is so rich and interesting, with so many side-stories and anecdotes, that I feel it is a real shame that it is not taught more loudly in high school biology classes. This volume is a collection of essays by a wide field of leading thinkers about why Intelligent Design is a poor alternative to the theory of evolution by natural selection, why ID is not science, and ...more
Jan 16, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Terse, Well-Written Rebukes of Intelligent Design from Eminent Scientists and Philosophers

In "Intelligent Thought: Science Versus The Intelligent Design Movement" editor and literary agent John Brockman has assembled sixteen insightful, quite well-written, essays from leading scientists and philosophers regarding the so-called "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design creationism" debate. While most essays offer ample refutations of Intelligent Design, others explore other, related issues, ranging from
May 13, 2008 Kyle rated it liked it
This is a great book for someone who needs a baseline for point-making in an argument with their least favorite uncle who opposes the teaching of evolution in high schools in favor of the "Intelligent Design" theory. Said unidentified individual can read this and turn said uncle's argument into ribbons. The book is comprised of essays by several leading professionals in couldn't-be-any-more-relevant fields: Pinker, Psych; Dennett, philosophy; Dawkins, evolutionary biology.

More improtant than fl
May 10, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-books
"The visigoths are at the gate, are we going to let them in?" John Brockman's last enduring words as he presents the many essays from many prominent scientists against Intelligent Design. I found the arguments repetitive but you can only expand on an argument in so many ways. However, I did find some interesting approaches, most notably the essay by Seth Lloyd which talked about binary systems and how this modality of expression relates to the philosophy of science vs. intelligent design. It was ...more
Jim Razinha
Aug 04, 2011 Jim Razinha rated it really liked it
This is not the silver bullet that can be used to dispel IDers, nor is it anti-religion if you are looking for that. It is a collection of 16 essays from true scientists (evolutionary biologists, physicists, psychologists, philosophers, paleontologists, and more) who have joined to respond to the claims of Intelligent Design and the absurdity of calling it science. There are other, more detailed books on the matter, but some of the essays are from different perspectives than the normal refutatio ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Anya rated it really liked it
Solid collection of essays arguing against ID; nothing particularly new for readers that follow attempts to have ID taught as science, but a good starting point for someone interested in the various points of view and reasoning from well regarded scientists, philosophers, and psychologists.
Sep 27, 2007 Jeff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: science, evolution, intelligent design
This is a collection of about two dozen essays presenting arguments against ID, mostly by using various aspects of evolutionary science to demonstrate why ID fails as anything but a thinly veiled Creationist variant.

I give it 3 stars mainly because I didn't find much new in the book, but that is because I follow this issue pretty closely. If you don't, then this is good book to start with as it has a broad spectrum of scientific, philosophical, philological and cultural arguments against recogni
Sep 12, 2011 Natajia rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting compilation of essays against the "Intelligent Design Movement." I always go into books that are formatted this way with some precaution, just hoping that all the essays don't say the exact same thing just with different authors. While there were a few tidbits that were repeated, i was pleasantly suprised at how many different aspects of Darwinisn were explained and covered in this. All the essays were great and chock full of their reasoning for thinking that ID jus ...more
Steven Williams
Apr 15, 2014 Steven Williams rated it liked it
Some of the selections were good, but I didn't care for a lot of them.
Jerry Smith
Nov 02, 2008 Jerry Smith rated it really liked it
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Shelves: religion, science
Series of essays on the subject of Darwinism and how this is a better explanation for life on Earth than creationism. The arguement is on several levels from a robust defence of Darwin with detailed explanations of the oft cited arguements against it, to points that argue direnctly against intelligent design, to reasons that ID cannot be considered a science.

Some arguements are better put than others, but all are entirely convincing to me. THose that are harder to read tend to be esoteric and co
Jan 31, 2008 Doug rated it liked it
Recommended to Doug by: open-minded individuals, especially those who value reason
Shelves: sciencenerd
A great collection of experts from diverse scientific areas commenting on the virtues and pitfalls of Intelligent Design. I've only given three stars because if you're familiar with the flaws of ID (most simply put - that it's a mislabeled scientific theory) there wasn't much new to offer. However, it offers a few interesting chapters that were interesting takes. Worth the read even if you consider yourself informed on the topic - definitely worth a read if you are scientifically-minded or relig ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic-science
A very fine set of essays covering all kinds of territory around the Evolution versus Intelligent Design (ID) debate. The essays soundly thrash ID's supposedly "scientific" stance. However, with one or two exceptions there is no anti-religious sentiment expressed. In fact, there are several essays that appear to be written by individuals who are religious believers themselves. However, ID does not fare well, and it does not deserve to. I find the so called ID "theory" an insult to both scientist ...more
Dec 07, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
This book is a collection of reading in evolution, meant to counter "intelligent design" arguments. As is often the case with books like this, the readings vary in quality. Some are quite good; others were easy to ignore. I particularly liked the thoughtful piece by Frank J. Sulloway titled "Why Darwin Rejected Intelligent Design".
John E
Mar 06, 2012 John E rated it really liked it
A nice wide view of science, evolution, and "intelligent" design from a wide variety of genuine scientists. Would be a great read for our "believers" who are pushing belief as science since it is so wide in it's application. For those scientists in our midst, it is a good review of current thinking on the subject.
Dave Peticolas
Oct 08, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it liked it

Essays by different authors defending evolution and the scientific method against the charges leveled by the Intelligent Design folks. Some good stuff, including a mind-blowing essay by Lee Smolin on the evolution of universes.

Beth (M) mowry
Jul 16, 2007 Beth (M) mowry rated it really liked it
Shelves: enlightening
It shouldn't be necessary for scientists to take time off to write a primer like this, but I'm glad they did. It's is a great summary of cosmic and biologic evolution in short readable chapters, all fascinating.
Jun 13, 2008 Marilee rated it really liked it
Shelves: evolution
I enjoyed this book, but I'm afraid that it merely preaches to the choir. ID proponents will not be likely to pick it up.
Oct 23, 2009 Zach rated it really liked it
Collection of works, some better than others obviously, but a few are amazing. As a whole great stuff.
Anthony Faber
Oct 31, 2012 Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing
A nice collection on why Intelligent design falls short as science from a fair number of heavy hitters

Aug 19, 2012 Lalena rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I didn't finish this since it wasn't adding anything to my understanding of the science or ID claims.
Oct 26, 2009 Joanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-hold
arguements from various scientists as to why the idea of Intelligent Design is flawed.
Jan 30, 2008 Russ rated it really liked it
Great collection of ideas from some of the great modern thinkers.
Makes Christian fundamentalists look even funnier!
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With a broad career spanning the fields of art, science, books, software and the Internet. In 1960 he established the bases for "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre and commerce, while consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, The Pentagon, The White House... In 1973 he formed his own literary and software agency. He is founder of the Edge Foundation and edit ...more
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