Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism
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With the pseudoscience of creationism rising again under the guise of "intelligent design," this powerful collection eviscerates the new assault on evolution and reveals the pervasive and insidious threat posed to genuine science by ID proponents like Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and William Dembski. The sixteen original essays address two key issues: the overwhelming sc...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1983)
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Wade
This book gets a high rating although it is not a traditional "good read." It's a series of scientific reviews, each copiously footnoted, that convincingly demolish different aspects of the "intelligent design" hypothesis. Some chapters are tough going: dry and detailed. Don't try to read it right through. Dip into it and then keep as a reference in case you ever get into contention with an advocate of "intelligent design."

The chapter on the ages of the Earth (4.54 billion years is the quoted...more
Matt Young
This small book packs a humongous punch. From Physics to Biology (and everything in between), this book does a great job informing the reader as to why we know evolution is true. It gives good intro to Creationist argument and then swiftly lays them to rest. Highly recommended.
David
This collection of essays written by evolutionary biologists addresses the theories of creationism and intelligent design. It presents thorough arguments which address the specific points of creationism and explains why it is not only bad science but also why it is unanimously rejected by the scientific community as a reasonable explanation for the origin of the various forms of life. The recent popular publications on intelligent design and their author's methods are also picked apart through s...more
John
An Important Collection of Papers Discussing the History and Analyzing the Veracity of Creationism

"Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond" is an important updated edition of an earlier volume focusing on the history and claims made by "scientific creationists" back in the 1980s. This recently expanded edition, edited by Andrew J. Petto, editor of the Reports of the National Center for Science Education, and Laurie R. Godfrey, the editor of the original edition, takes a lo...more
Jessie
I wasn't sure how to rate this, it depends on your level of scientific sophistication. The book eloquently describes the history and dogma of the creationist movement and in somewhat painful detail. It assumes some knowledge of the intelligent design pseudo science though and takes a long time before describing them. For the most part the book does a good job in devastating intelligent design but it is not a great book for the layperson looking for talking points. It can get very technical.
Vctor Martinez
It's a great book!!, sometimes a little to technical in some areas, but has a lot of explanations of the 'loopholes' that creationists think they found in the evolution theory. A must read for those interested in science.
Tanya
A bit clunky prose-wise, these are clearly scientists and not authors, but thorough. There wasn't a lot of information here I was unaware of, but I'm a biology nerd.
Chris
A very enlightening book and a must read for anyone interested in this debate. I may be Biased a bit because Dr. Petto is my father but it is a great read.
Ann
Interesting and on-the-whole quite readable essays which discuss and dispute creationists arguments against evolution.
Kevin
most of it was very good. 1st essay by R Numbers was terrible. the rest nicely destroyed ID.
Elizabeth
As seen in the Expo at the American Chemical Society's 238th National Meeting in Washington, DC.
Amy
Compilation of essays that are well-written and well-documented; interesting reading.
Tom
This was quite a slog. Glad I can now go back to fiction.
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