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Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong | [Jonathan Wells]

Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong

Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.
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Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.

The best-known "icons" of evolution - from pictures of apes evolving into humans, to comparisons of fish and human embryos, to moths on tree trunks - are false or misleading. For decades, biology students have been taught things about evolution that are simply untrue.

These icons of evolution appear even in the most recent textbooks, although the scientific literature is full of evidence that they are false. Apparently, dogmatic promoters of Darwinian evolution fear that without these icons, public faith in their claims will disappear, so they knowingly misinform our children and suppress scientific evidence.

©2000 Jonathan Wells (P)2012 Regnery Publishing

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    David 05-13-15
    David 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow, this provides info that I hadn't heard before"

    I just finished two books about the history of everything and the other on human anthropology. After reading this book, I feel like a fair amount of the theory in the others aren't quite as certain as they claim. A must read for those reading biology and evolution theory.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, USA 07-17-12
    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, USA 07-17-12

    I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

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    "This book isn't about creationism"

    This is one is that the books that you are a probably guess what's inside of it before you buy, but if the titles not quite clear enough. This isn't whether God created the world or anything. This is a bout the actual scientific pictures and icons that are taught in school about evolution are factually incorrect. It doesn't give you an alternative, well if they're wrong then it clearly means the other side's right. It's just saying what's wrong. It tries to remain as objective as it can on such a charge subject as evolution. So even if you're for evolution and against creationism or whatever. I suggest at least looking at this one because the facts in it are pretty sound well-documented and verifiable. It doesn't say one view is right over the other. It just says the straight facts.
    Be warned, however it is slightly politically charged as the subject naturally will be and the author has had some bad experiences and has stories about other people's bad experiences when they were ostracized because of it.

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    Evert Burtonsville, MD, United States 03-01-15
    Evert Burtonsville, MD, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great with a little "but""

    I appreciated this book immensely because, as other reviews have mentioned, it is not: "Intelligent Design is right and Evolution is wrong." Like Lee Smolin's "The Trouble with Physics" it is a call for real scientific analysis. My "little but" is that I wish for an author's update. Written 15 years or so ago, the book, I think could use an update. Nevertheless, for the truly open minded it is a fascinating read!

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    Christoph L. 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any book about evolution is going to be politically charged, something the author actually indicates throughout the book. If you are someone who "believes" that evolution is completely true, I imagine that they most likely will not read this book and may even vote it down without ever listening/reading a single word. If you "believe" that evolution is untrue, or not a complete fact there will be many instances where they will find themselves agreeing with the author - and I imagine that is who the book is primarily intended for. There are not many (if any) neutral opinions on the subject, but the author does a great job just talking about evolution and the issues surrounding it, without any "extra" discussion into "ID" or any other theories. For those that are actually trying to make up their minds I would give the following advice: As there are no truly neutral opinions I would recommend getting this book and listening to it after listening to the Great Courses lecture entitled "Evolution: A History of Controversy" (which the title is not completely accurate, that Great Course actually only talks about the history of evolution and does not even touch on any of the points Jonathon Wells goes over here) and then perhaps listen to at least 2 other books arguing on opposite sides of this debate (i.e. one pro-evolution and one ID book). No one book is ever going to cover the topic thoroughly enough, but Jonathon Wells does a very good job highlighting the problems that the most prominent examples of evolution have. His reasoning is sound, his points are easy to follow, and he is very open about his background (my opinion is if you can't disclose information about yourself you are hiding something for gain). For anyone interested in learning about evolution or in a debate about evolution I highly recommend this book.


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    Jeff 08-22-15
    Jeff 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking and informative"

    Excellent book on the topic of evolution. It was easy to listen too and educational.

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    Randolph Scott Harrison 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very through, I appreciate his work"

    thank you for making a very complicated issue in a sound comprehensive review of the issues.

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    Theo Tsourdalakis 10-05-12
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    "EXCELLENT - CLARITY AND TRUTH REPLACE CONFUSION"

    This is an excellent book and definitely worth a listen to anyone who is interested in the Evolution contraversy.

    Jonathan's clear and logical presentation with strong scientific evidence helped me see this issue in a much clearer light.
    I emerged feeling disgusted that I was deceived by the school system and others are being deceived today. The scientific evidence supporting Darwinian/Macro evolution is deceptive at best and downright fraudulent at worst. The evolutionists attempts to prove that our great ...great grandfather was a self replicating molecule have met with disaster time and time again. Instead of acknowledging this truth they cover it up using more tricks than politicians,

    This should be mandaroty listening for all evolutionary students and educators so that we bring back scientific rigor into the classroom.
    Full application of the scientific method as opposed to the half truths and exagerations being peddaled with the mantra of "mountains of evidence prooving evolution". Jonathan scrutinizes the key evidences (icons) in this book - and it becomes clear that the mantra is hollow and devoid of scientific substance.

    I strongly recommend this book

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-13-15
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "The Desperate Attempts..."

    by many to vote down positive reviews of books like this tells the tale: Darwin and his theory are on the way out, disproved by modern biology, but Dawkins and his band of followers are going down only in an ideological shoot out, the truth notwithstanding. Read this along with the works of Michael Behe and Philip Johnson's Darwin On Trial.

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    "The verdict is in: MYTH !"
    If you could sum up Icons of Evolution in three words, what would they be?

    Exposes evolutions' fables


    What about Barry Campbell’s performance did you like?

    He was able to convey the emotions I believe were intended in the written words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why is science promoting lies and suppressing the truth?


    Any additional comments?

    Aren't there laws about accuracy in textbooks? Schoolboards need to get this information, so they can keep propaganda disguised as science out of their schools, and get solid, current information into students' hands.

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    makes you rethink what you think you know as fact in evolution. Good logical thought process a good easy read for anyone

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