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Darwin's Doubt Audiobook

Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

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When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the "Cambrian explosion", many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.

In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life - a mystery that has intensified not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information - stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells - to building animal forms.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

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©2013 Stephen C. Meyer (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Monty 02-02-17
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    "Intelligently "Design-ates" The Blind Watchmaker an antiquated philosophy."

    Having now listened to Dawkins' Blind Watchmaker as well as MEYERS' Signature in the Cell and Darwin's Doubt I am convinced the latter has the more scientifically compelling argument. Very enlightening!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Otto 04-27-17
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    "Solid and compelling"

    I believe that when this book is read with an objective mindset, it provides a very clear and balanced and thoughtful argument. At the end of it all, I believe it does come down to a basic philosophical worldview. But I can't help but think that the scientific community and it's self righteous power today is mimicking the religious community from centuries past.

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    jack lichtenstein 05-06-17 Member Since 2009

    I like to Listen!!!

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    "Intriguing discussion of evolution"

    Stephen Meyer has written a tour de force.
    His review of Darwin' s theory and its flaws are cogent and detailed- In particular, the inability to explain rapid speciation and beneficial mutations. It is on his inability to explain intelligent design or a plausible mechanism for intelligent design that the book fails.
    Also, the fact that Darwinism and most science is materialistic and fails to explain any order to the Universe except by random chance is depressing and damning, We are forced to be existentialists, when almost no one believes in existentialism.Most of us believe there is meaning to life and a purpose for the universe we live in, even if we don't believe in god.
    In fact, Darwin's doubt has been pilloried because it does posit a higher being. It turns out the Darwinists are as fanatical as the creationists. Also, ad hominem arguments have been used to demean the author and his credentials by mainstream scientists and evolutionary biologists
    The flaw in this book is the failure to propose any plausible explanations for how intelligent design might work or be tested. For instance, any change in speciation must be a change in a germ cell, either the ovum or the Sperm. The sperm might be easier to change because it is haploid and has a Y chromosome, Also every change in speciation has been associated with a change in the Karyotype and the chromosomal number. It is not a leap then to suppose that there are programmed packages in the sex chromosomes designed under certain circumstances to make major programmed alterations in the X or Y chromosomes which could rearrange DNA into different configurations or chromosome numbers to cause rapid speciation. Greg Bear has proposed just such a circumstance in Darwin's radio and Darwin's children. An endogenous HERV virus in the sperm cell induces changes in the impregnated egg which produces speciation. Surely, other mechanisms could be invoked by informed biologists to explain a protocol for rapid speciation.
    By the way, I am trained in medical genetics. I do not believe that Darwin's theory explains ontogeny or speciation. Nor do I believe there is a single entity which planned and designed the entire Universe. There are alternatives.

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    "Compelling Case for Intelligent Design"

    The narration is excellent. The content is enthralling. 'Darwin's Doubt' undoubtedly builds a rock solid case against neo-Darwinian Evolution and questions the most revered tenets of institutional academia's portrayal of the origin of life. Readers can expect to gain a broad perspective of the questions facing the ongoing evolutionary debate.

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    D. Hoffman Kirkland, WA United States 03-03-17
    D. Hoffman Kirkland, WA United States 03-03-17 Member Since 2003
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    "First intelligent discussion of Evolution I've see"

    Finally a biologist who is willing to start with all the possibilities instead of operating on blind faith as evolutionists do.

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    "Increíble,Great way to understand advances in biology"

    I'm 56 years old , this book shows how different and obsolete biology books where when I was at school and on the present , Inteligente Design should be teach at schools now , I'm want to learn moré about it , this woken on me a desire for more , to see where this leads , if this happened to me , I can just wonder what it will do to young minds , I believe this will bring a desire to research and study, the opposite of what Darwinist said about this theory plus this people don't want to talk or exchange ideas, when my daughter started at Santa Monica college, she took Biology class, the first thing the teacher said to the class was , that on her class only Darwin theory was allowed period, this was intimidation at university level,sad. Hope this change students are been robed of great knowledge. Mr Genaro Elizondo

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    CKDexter 02-28-17
    CKDexter 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Astonishing"

    Meyer's comprehensive review of the science and continuing controversy surrounding the Cambrian fauna is fair and thoroughly researched. Then he goes on to discuss several post-Darwinian variations of the standard mutation/selection model that are sometimes used to account for these creatures. His critiques of these newer models along with the standard one are fair and well-thought out. Meyer is a thoughtful, cautious writer and his review of this controversy is profound. Even breathtaking. Notwithstanding the flaming invective and ad-hominim attacks of some of the one star reviewers, the bibliography reveals that many scientists are as openly doubtful of the Darwinian mechanism as Meyer is, though they remain committed to solving the dilemma within a materialistic framework. Meyer discusses these questions in the open and argues for non-material, intelligent causation, as do a number of recent books on fine-tuning and the evident fitness of earth for life. A stunning listen. Steve, your are a clear, careful, fair, respectful, even friendly voice in this debate. Looking forward to more from you. Kudos to the reader, who does a mostly great job with mouthfuls of somewhat technical language. I found him clear and devoid of idiosyncrasies. Just a few troubling pronunciations, but nothing too severe.

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    Joel Thomas 01-15-17
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    "A tour-de-force of the origins debate"

    The truth matters, not least in science. For this reason the rules of science should not commit us to rejecting possibly-true theories before we even consider the evidence.– Stephen C. Meyer on methodological naturalism

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    Alex H Vancouver, Canada 01-08-17
    Alex H Vancouver, Canada 01-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best Survey of The Current Science on The Cambrian"
    Would you listen to Darwin's Doubt again? Why?

    Absolutely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Cambrian is definitely shown to defy an evolutionary explanation and is best explained by reference to intelligent design.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Shetterly – was your favorite?

    I will here comment on the narrator - he did a good job overall. My only issue is thathe pronounced some things incorrectly. Notably, he says "CASUAL explanation" instead of "CAUSAL explanation" - i am dumbfounded that such an obvious mistake got through editing. But that was the exception rather than the rule. Therefore I've given his narration 4 stars.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Stephen's analysis of the inability of evolution to account for the explosive changes in the Cambrian, coupled with his well reasoned justification for the sufficiency of Intelligent Design as the best explanation MOVED ME,


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Meyer is an intellectual giant. Darwin's Doubt and Signature in the Cell have had a great impact on me and I can't recommend them highly enough.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John Robertson 12-21-16

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    "Intelligent design nonsense"

    What a waste. The explanation for the precambrian explosion of life is intelligent design, followed by natural selection. Can I get a refund?

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