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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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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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What does science really say about evolution

It never ceases to amaze me how people with supposedly scientific minds believe blindly in random mutation evolution. Like any scientific theory it has things it explains and things it does not explain. Like any scientific theory it must constantly be reevaluated in light of new evidence. It seems like our world has changed Darwin's evolution from a scientific theory into a religion of its own. Meyer offers a thought provoking look at the evidence. This is a great book for Christians to equip their children with as they enter Middle school "science" classes. It is a good book for anyone with an open mind on the subject. As Mark Twain is quoted as saying: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

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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!

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  • Steven
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-30-17

Challenging

I'm the kind of guy who is fascinated by how and why things work, but I'm no science geek. I appreciated the information in this book but was a bit overwhelmed with the level of detail. It was well worth the time invested in listening but unless you are educated beyond a rudimentary college level in biology, genetics and evolutionary theory you may want an abridged version. If you do have a higher level of education in these topics, I think you will appreciate the currentness of information and well reasoned examination of origin of life issues that Stephen Meyer has presented.

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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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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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Incredible. I

read this hoping to find holes in theory. Instead compelled to change view and wonder why we don't teach this or at least preset this

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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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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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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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  • Michael Whalley
  • 02-19-18

Facinating

Would you listen to Darwin's Doubt again? Why?

I have listened to this 6 times -

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darwin's Doubt?

The book is like the tide coming in, waves surprising, fascinating, language pregnant with implication. The author is so clear and intelligent and yet intelligible and doesn't play with techno speak.

What about Derek Shetterly’s performance did you like?

I orginally heard David Berlinski- what an experience. It is not fair to compare, but the narrator captures the book well.

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  • Stewart Gibson
  • 12-21-17

exceptional logic and reasoning

This is a serious work. not really good for driving around hence not perfect Audible score. However this must be regarded as essential to any half interested biology buff. Meyer is a serious intellectual, dealing with mainstream science and philosophy. The fact that some of the arguments are complex to grasp, is my deficiency. I know I will listen again quietly on vacation to savour and understand fully. I am a graduate in science and biology and have never bought into the idea that random mutations edited by natural selection is an adequate explanation to the abundance of life forms. Meyer confirmed many of my private conclusions, and invites a viable alternative explanation. An exceptional work!

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  • crumpets
  • 10-28-17

The cornerstone of an intellectual revolution.

This book is a masterpiece. A truly lucid, incredibly broad view of the case for design in life, which describes honestly and in detail the shocking inadequacies of the current Darwinian model and the irrationality of a scientific orthodoxy too dogmatic to accept the evidence being thrown up. In generations to come, after scientific materialism has been thrown out for it's now glaring failures, this book and a handful of others will be seen as cornerstones of a real intellectual revolution. An absolute must read.

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  • Paul A. Newcombe
  • 02-08-18

Excellent

Very detailed. Very evidence-based. Very compelling. I’m currently reading it again, this time I’m making some summary notes.