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Why Darwinism?like Marxism and Freudianism before it?is headed for extinction
In the 1925 Scopes trial, the American Civil Liberties Union sued to allow the teaching of DarwinOCOs theory of evolution in public schools. Seventy-five years later, in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the ACLU sued to prevent the teaching of an alternative to DarwinOCOs theory known as Intelligent Design?an
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Unknown Binding, 285 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published August 1st 2006)
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Rasheed
Explains the important issues of the controversy surrounding Darwinism and ID in a very clear, understandable and often humorous and witty style. I can understand now why the author is vilified by Darwinists so much. Lots of extremely hilarious but true stories about them inside! The issues are discussed in the light of the physical sciences, such as biology, paleontology, astronomy and biochemistry, as well as from the political, social, historical and religious angles.

An exceptionally fun read
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John
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design" is the latest, rather valiant, but intellectually dishonest, effort by Discovery Institute Fellow Jonathan Wells to defend the merits of an idea - Intelligent Design - which was demonstrated conclusively, beyond any reasonable doubt, to be a religious doctrine pretending to be science at the 2005 Kitzmiller vs. Dover (Dover, PA) trial presided by Republican Federal judge John Jones. In Judge Jones' landmark, historic decision, ...more
Mark Cooper
[Audio:] Great summary of the ID ideas and challenges to evolution, though it doesn't go into great depth on any particular subject (doesn't claim to do so, either). It also provides some jaw dropping examples of the childish and vicious behavior of Darwinist adherents. Scientists--at least I was always taught this--are to pursue truth and dogma be darned. The behavior of some of the Darwinists does a nice job of paralleling the very behavior the Medieval Church is purported to have done. They u ...more
Bonnie
Fascinating discussion of evolution and intelligent design, made understandable for the average person
Jimmy
Though Intelligent Design is not my cup of tea when it comes to apologetics argument for the Christian faith nevertheless I read this book in order to stay abreast with contemporary non-Presuppositionalist's apologetics. The beginning of the book defined the term evolution, Darwinism, Creationism and intelligent design which is helpful so that readers can be more precise in their own use of the term. This section made me realize that I need to ask those I'm interacting with to define what they m ...more
Barbara
The apostle Paul complained of having a "thorn in his flesh," possibly referring to some type of physical or psychological problem. Today, advocates of evolution have religious fundamentalists as their thorn, and vice versa. The problem is that for all that evolution supposedly explains, it leaves many questions unanswered. Calling it a "proven fact" seems a bit premature, especially considering that the majority of the evidence can be interpreted in different ways.

"Faith is not a possession of
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John Brackbill
I listen to do this on audiobook. This is an introduction to intelligent design. It is not young earth creationism but it provides some good arguments against Darwinian evolution by exposing the weak evidence and the unscientific hostility of Darwinian scientists against any other theories. Very boldly the author predicts the failure of Darwinian evolution and the triumph of intelligent design by arguing for the already present characteristics of a scientific revolution. The regular listing of " ...more
John
Despite the goofy cover art and obnoxious blurb from Ann Coulter, this is an excellent, honest (though admittedly biased), and engaging look at the origins debate between Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Author Jonathan Wells explains why Intelligent Design, despite hysterical opposition from critics, is in fact a reasonable, non-religious, and, yes, scientifically viable theory. He also illustrates how people too often let their politics and personal philosophies get in the way when dealing wi ...more
Lyn
Just finished this and a very good book, though it was written by a scientist and so there are lots of technical terms. It seems the Darwinist bunch are guilty of the same Fascist fundamentalism they use to accuse their detractors. Darwinists have attacked anyone who even seeks a scientific critical analysis of evolutionary biology with McCarthyistic zeal. Don't think, just nod and obey!
Michael
There is, alas, only one anti-evolution/intelligent design book. This is another version of it. I suppose that it is comforting to some that there are so many author willing to rehash the same old bogus arguments but I just find it sad. Evidence for biological evolution is now so overwhelming that denial will soon be impossible without some seriously strong kool-aid.
stormhawk
Didn't seem as cohesive as some of the other books in the Politically Incorrect Guide series, but still provides a good analysis of what Intelligent Design both is and isn't.

There aren't any conclusions drawn about what the "right" answer is between ID and Darwinism, but does make it clear that you can't investigate one by excluding the other.
Joseph D. Walch
For anybody who would like an easilly accessible book about the science of Darwinism and Intelligent Design. It goes head-long into controversies and theories of undirected evolution from the origin of life to archeological evidence (or lack thereof) to Haeckle's embryos to evo-devo. It's a fascinating read.
Boris
This an excellent and relatively brief survey of Intelligent Design, not only the facts that drive the theory, but also of the politics of those who disagree with it and do everything in their power to suppress it.
Randy
If one were to be politically correct, that is, ideologically sound, one would characterize the debate between Darwinism and intelligent design as between science and the Bible, between reason and superstition. That is how it is essentially portrayed in the media and the scientific establishment.

Author Jonathan Wells, however, is anything but politically correct. He portrays the debate as a conflict between two views of what is real. On the one side are the Darwinists, protectors of a materialis
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Ronald Degroat
Excellent summary of Intelligent Design and the problems of Darwinism. Unfortunately, the "theory" of evolution predicts nothing specific (as real scientific theories must), but is so flexible and vague that it can explain almost any observation. Consequently, the circumstantial and frequently contradictory genomic and fossil evidence is useless in proving or disproving "Molecules to Man" evolution. Microevolutionary changes (within a species) do not necessarily add up to macroevolutionary chang ...more
Herb
I couldn't survive the bull on perpetual charge in this book. Wells argues that Darwinism constantly fails to prove its validity on every scientific dialogue due to equivocation; meaning it's not definitively clear on what Darwinism truly is. Apart from my fundamental disagreement with the author on that premise, here's my biggest problem: Wells fails to recognize that as a proponent of Intelligent Design, he cannot possibly submit an impartial critique to readers. An unqualified authority to co ...more
Hunchback Jack
I picked up this book in the hope of getting a clear, complete and well-articulated description of Intelligent Design from one of its leading proponents.

Not only did this book convince me that ID is completely unscientific in basis, but if Wells is any indication, its proponents are largely incapable of rational argument or logical thought. Fallacies abound in this screed pretending to be science. Not recommended.
Dave Hutson
I listened to the audio version so it was difficult to follow along with all the topics. Overall it reaffirmed my suspicions that Darwinists use bullying tactics to "prove" their theory. Intelligent Design!
Kevin
I was genuinely surprised to find this on my "to read" shelf. I couldn't recall buying it. Then I remembered it was a gift a few years ago.
I naively assumed from the title (and my usual reading fare) that it was a tongue-in-cheek look at Darwinism and Intelligent Design (ID).
No such luck!
It purports to be a serious discussion on the debate, and within a paragraph this was clear. I admit I would default to the pro-Darwin side of the debate so felt it only right that I remained open to potential p
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Donald
Dec 06, 2007 Donald rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially Darwinists
This entire line of books is incredibly good, chocked full of information you usually don't find in history books or classes, giving new light to "accepted" history.

This one refutes the theory of evolution as just that, a theory, and points to the facts supporting a designed world, rather than a random one.
Void lon iXaarii
On the downside I did expect it to have a higher percentage of logical flow focus, on the upside though there's quite a couple of interesting idea seeds mentioned which are quite unique.
Regina Hunter
Ugh, scientific words - check, many words - check, accusing - check, common freaking sense - FAIL!
Jacob
Very interesting read. It bring out many of the follies of darwinism.
Matthew Matheson
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Jonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a post-doctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hay ...more
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“Ewww... intelligent design people! They're just buck-toothed, Bible-pushing nincompoops with community-college degrees who're trying to sell a gussied-up creationism to a cretinous public! No need to address their concerns or respond to their arguments. They are Not Science. They are poopy-heads. There. I just saved you the trouble of reading 90 percent of the responses to the ID position... This is how losers act just before they lose: arrogant, self-satisfied, too important to be bothered with substantive refutation, and disdainful of their own faults... The only remaining question is whether Darwinism will exit gracefully, or whether it will go down biting, screaming, censoring, and denouncing to the bitter end.
— Tech Central Station contributor Douglas Kern, 2005”
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“Teaching students the evidence for and against Darwinism is not the same as teaching intelligent design. The U.S. Congress has officially endorsed teaching students 'the full range of scientific views' about Darwinian evolution.” 5 likes
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