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Why Darwin Matters: The Case for Evolution and Against Intelligent Design | [Michael Shermer]

Why Darwin Matters: The Case for Evolution and Against Intelligent Design

Columnist and publisher Michael Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents invoke a combination of ad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology in their new brand of creationism. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.
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In Why Darwin Matters, Michael Shermer, the best-selling author of Why People Believe Weird Things, the publisher of Skeptic magazine, and a monthly columnist for Scientific American, decodes the facts of evolution and shows how natural selection achieves the elegant design of life.

Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents invoke a combination of ad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology in their new brand of creationism. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.

©2006 Michael Shermer; (P)2008 Michael Shermer

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    Christopher Leawood, KS, United States 07-11-11
    Christopher Leawood, KS, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, unfortunate abridgement"

    I'm a great fan of Shermer and his various works, having read his SciAm column for years, and this is no exception. Evolution vs. Intelligent Design is a natural and suitable part of his overall gospel of skepticism. My complaint with this book (like the reviewer "A" above) is not the content as such, but rather the abridgement. I think most people who are interested in this sort of thing are hungry for length and detail, and would gladly have paid attention for the full-length recording.

    I don't regret the purchase by any means, but I would certainly prefer a reading of the full text.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Akron, OH, USA 06-14-09
    Francis Akron, OH, USA 06-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Why this book matters"

    This is a relatively simple explanation of a topic that is rarely clearly or honestly presented. It is not exhaustive, but it gives a good introduction to many of the critical arguments.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Springfield, MO, United States 11-21-11
    Adam Springfield, MO, United States 11-21-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A Good Flyover"

    Shermer shows what ID lacks in order to be considered a science and shows a few motivations other than scientific interest those who advocate it may have for trying to advance it. The book also gets into the history of ID and the battle to have it added to the curriculum in public schools and the decisions by several courts, some conservative, that this is unconstitutional. Shermer's effort in this book is toward the preservation of science rather than discounting of religion or the existence of God.

    This is a good read (or listen) on its own or as an introduction to the conversation before going on to something like the Blind Watchmaker.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 02-27-11
    A Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2011

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    "I would prefer this unabridged"

    This is the second audio book I've listened to by Michael Shermer, the first was WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE WEIRD THINGS which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND and got me more interested in skepticism and science. It is very evident this book is abridged because I really wanted it to be longer and it seems like material is missing.

    I consider myself a "layman" when it comes to science and Shermer's writing is much easier to comprehend than Richard Dawkins.

    This book receives three stars because this subject matter could have been doubled in length and topics covered could have been expanded. I REALLY wanted MORE information on how to promote science in the U.S. and examples of how ID followers hypocrisy when it comes to health, medical, and education (ex. since churches have so much money why don't they start their own schools instead of "wedging" their beliefs into the public system)

    Well worth your time and encourages me to listen to his other books.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda cottonwood, AZ, USA 02-27-10
    Amanda cottonwood, AZ, USA 02-27-10
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    "captivating"

    this would be a good literary choice to go with a high school science lecture on natural selection

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    david Croydon, Australia 03-09-11
    david Croydon, Australia 03-09-11

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    "Darwin does matter"

    Michael Shermer lives up to his reputation as a communicator with an unscientific public such as me. His arguments are clear and specific. Necessarily this is not a debate but his singular demolition of anti Darwin arguments is effective. I used to be a creationist and gave public discourses on the creation arguments so know them well. As an ex Jehovah Witness I used to have the emotional appeals well rehearsed and it took time to let go of such head virus stuff. Michael and others have helped greatly. Really enjoyed this listen and recommended.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tom St. Cloud, MN, United States 01-25-13
    Tom St. Cloud, MN, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A great listen for fence sitters"
    Would you listen to Why Darwin Matters again? Why?

    I will listen again. There was a lot of info to absorb and i want to remember more of it to help next time I get into a discussion with those that doubt Evolution.


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    Theo Tsourdalakis Melbourne, Australia 09-04-11
    Theo Tsourdalakis Melbourne, Australia 09-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "TOTAL MISREPRENTATION: WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?"

    Michael Shermer gallantly defends Darwinian/Macro evolution and attacks Intelligent Design. There are loads of interesting and fanciful bits of data which tend to confuse the issue rather than provide clarity to the core question: Who was your great….great grandfather? Was it a self replicating molecule, as Darwinian/Macro evolution asserts, or was it Adam, as the Bible asserts or are was it someone else.

    I listened to the whole book once and many parts two or three times. Although some parts were interesting, as a whole I found the book disappointing and irritating for the following reasons:
    --- 1) MISREPRESENTATION OF THE ISSUE
    •Shermer falsely represents the issue as Science against Religion when in reality it is science against Darwinism.
    •Darwinism = Darwinian/Macro evolution has fundamental scientific problems that Darwin could never have imagined.
    •In the audio transcripts of the Kansas school board hearings (fascinating listening and available as a free download from Audible.com), Dr John Sanford (Geneticist and inventor of the Gene Gun) said
    “The bottom line is that the primary axiom [of Darwinian/Macro evolution] is categorically false, you can't create information with misspellings, not even if you use natural selection.”
    •Dr Sanford and other highly credible scientists present powerful scientific arguments to why Darwinian/Macro evolution is not viable for scientific reasons.
    --- 2. WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE
    •Shermer emphasizes his key point that he believes in Darwinian evolution because multiple lines of scientific enquiry all support Darwinian evolution. He rattles off a whole string of branches of science to reinforce the point. To the uninformed this would be very convincing – however, being an Engineer and educator myself I see through this smoke and mirrors trick and say WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?
    -- 3. POOR SKEPTIC
    •As the chief of the skeptic society – Shermer is a poor skeptic because he blindly accepts Evolution.

    10 of 25 people found this review helpful
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