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Darwin Devolves

The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution
Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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The scientist who has been dubbed the “Father of Intelligent Design” and author of the groundbreaking book Darwin’s Black Box contends that recent scientific discoveries further disprove Darwinism and strengthen the case for an intelligent creator.

In his controversial best-seller Darwin’s Black Box, biochemist Michael Behe challenged Darwin’s theory of evolution, arguing that science itself has proven that intelligent design is a better explanation for the origin of life. In Darwin Devolves, Behe advances his argument, presenting new research that offers a startling reconsideration of how Darwin’s mechanism works, weakening the theory’s validity even more. 

A system of natural selection acting on random mutation, evolution can help make something look and act differently. But evolution never creates something organically. Behe contends that Darwinism actually works by a process of devolution - damaging cells in DNA in order to create something new at the lowest biological levels. This is important, he makes clear, because it shows the Darwinian process cannot explain the creation of life itself. “A process that so easily tears down sophisticated machinery is not one which will build complex, functional systems,” he writes.

In addition to disputing the methodology of Darwinism and how it conflicts with the concept of creation, Behe reveals that what makes intelligent design unique - and right - is that it acknowledges causation. Evolution proposes that organisms living today are descended with modification from organisms that lived in the distant past. But intelligent design goes a step further, asking: What caused such astounding changes to take place? What is the reason or mechanism for evolution? For Behe, this is what makes intelligent design so important.

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©2019 Michael J. Behe (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Sound logic; simple concepts

I don’t have the expertise to grasp the more technical points in this book, however, Behe’s premise and logic seem sound to me. Assuming he is accurately presenting the data - and I have no reason to think otherwise-his position is deserving of thoughtful rebuttal and not personal attacks.

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Well reasoned and persuasive

Darwin Devolves builds upon Behe’s arguments in the Edge of Evolution after a decade of experimental research has weighed in. The verdict: both mutation and natural selection are reductive. Instead of generating new function or genetic information, selection and mutation delete function and mute pre-existing genetic information. As Behe shows, evolution needs to be more than reductive to explain the diversity of life. It needs a mechanism that can produce all genetic information on earth. Instead, as demonstrated by lab experiments, the Darwinian mechanism consistently comes up short. Even more damaging, as mutations accumulate, species becomes more brittle and less adaptable. This is a nightmare for Darwinism. Behe also examines rebuttals to his first book, Darwin’s Black Box in the light of more than 20 years of research. Well written and highly recommended.

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  • Timothy
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  • 06-17-19

Thought provoking!

loved the information and new point if view. i think at one point he mentioned a common sense approach to science the main stream scientists with Darwin blinders dont have.

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Very helpful to understand nuances of "evolution"

When we are constantly bombarded by an education system, entertainment industry, and biology field that are all extremely over filled and represented by atheism and evolution, it is vital to read this and other ID writers in order to get a true perspective. Behe cuts thru the rhetoric, bluster, and shell game foisted upon us and allows us to see the true paradigm.

This is my second book of his. I now want to listen to Darwin's Black Box, and complete the trilogy!

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Superb!

I loved this book. The authors shows with scientific data that which is self-evident by common sense: Darwin’s theory of evolution is unable to account for life.

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23 years and counting

irreducible complexity gets even more irreducible. Bye evolved Felicia ! ! ! ! ! !

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Excellent

A breath of fresh air!!
Logical reasoning, very rare this days!!
Well structured, and written book, addresses comments and critics of his earlier books.

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surprising challenge to the evolutionary orthodoxy

Good narration.
very enlightening.
question everything... it's a travesty that challenges to evolution cannot be even mentioned in public schools... censorship?

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The evidence is there

Simply fantastic, Again. life is generally a complicated thing, but it almost always follows rules.

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Trenchant Response to Darwinism

Michael Behe offers a rational, clear, and persuasive case both for why Darwinism as a metaphysical explanation for the existence of life is deeply lacking and for why intelligent design offers a vastly better worldview for understanding the most basic component of biological life: the DNA molecule.

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  • Richard Cubitt
  • 03-23-19

Great insight for a thought-provoking subject

A really well written book that adds real perspective to the neo-Darwinism vs intelligent design debate. Strangely, the narrators voice changes slightly from sentence to sentence on occasion, which disturbs the fluidity of the narration.

whilst I found this book highly enlightening, and I feel all the smarter for having listened and paid attention, I still side with the neo-Darwinist side of the argument ;)

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