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Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  115 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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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Matt Young
Aug 20, 2012 Matt Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2008 Wade rated it it was amazing
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
Elliott Bignell
Apr 10, 2015 Elliott Bignell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This update of an earlier work delivers with great force a series of tightly-reasoned repudiations of aspects of "intelligent design" and other formulations of creationism. Each of the authors of its various sections is a professional in a related field of biology and/or a scholar in the philosophy and history of science. Indeed, one of the most striking things when comparing their writing to that of pro-ID authors is the level of erudition not merely in their technical field of proficiency but ...more
Bob Anderson
Mar 18, 2015 Bob Anderson rated it liked it
This collections of essays is, unfortunately, uneven. Some are a joy to read, and others a slog. I found the first half of the book tolerable always, rising sometimes to entertaining, and the second half to be less so. It can’t really be helped; in a compilation of experts such as this, each is bound to have their unique voice, their peccadilloes, and certainly not all can write with the capability to both engage and inform. My favorite in the book is “Creation Science Lite” from Eugenie Scott, ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
"Scientists Confront Creation" was originally published in 1983, and that's the version I read. It's a series of essays tackling a number of creationist arguments against evolution and responding with the care and thoroughness that such arguments require to refute them. The book was completely redone and retitled "Scientists Confront Creationism and Intelligent Design," but I read the older version because I was curious to see the responses to many of the arguments I learned from fundamentalist ...more
Sep 10, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, evolution
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
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
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
Mar 27, 2013 Vctor Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 28, 2010 Tanya rated it liked it
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.
Jul 22, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 01, 2008 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and on-the-whole quite readable essays which discuss and dispute creationists arguments against evolution.
Jan 24, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
most of it was very good. 1st essay by R Numbers was terrible. the rest nicely destroyed ID.
As seen in the Expo at the American Chemical Society's 238th National Meeting in Washington, DC.
Jun 26, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compilation of essays that are well-written and well-documented; interesting reading.
Jan 28, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a slog. Glad I can now go back to fiction.
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