This is a well researched case against the current campaign in Iraq. The words of many witnesses are brought to bear. But for the most part the voices are heavily filtered, only keeping those that describe mistakes or personal conflict, ignoring almost any successes and areas of general agreement. I had the clear impression while listening to this book that the author first thought of the title, then wrote the book to fit that title precisely.
All 4 days of testimony were riveting, but the 4th day is most telling. It has the least scientific information, but the most information about the character of the two sides. The laywer representing "science" does his side no good by demonizing and belittling his opponents, and resorting to logic as little as possible. Essentially, evolutionary theory comes across as highly religious and unwilling to see evidence outside its paradymn of a closed-system universe. The appropriate response to such a challenge is to dispute it, or simply say that as of yet no closed system theory can explain the phenomenon, but ID is not a useful alternative. Instead, the "scientific community" comes across as dogmatic, elitist, and anti-science by maligning ID as Creationism, and boycotting any discussion that challenges their views.
Given the subject matter and the wealth of details, this book should have read like a powerful drama. Or like a presentation from a prosecutor, nailing each point until the case was closed. Or in a detached, scientific analysis of the evidence. Instead, the facts are haphazardly tossed out like a series of disorganized one page essays, as if the writer was too outraged by his topic that he couldn't collect his thoughts in an organized manner. This book could have been so much better.
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