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In a tour de force of science and logic, the best-selling author of Darwin's Black Box combines genetics, laboratory results, and mathematics to prove, once and for all, that the universe and life on Earth are designed.

Michael J. Behe launched the intelligent design movement with his first book, Darwin's Black Box, by demonstrating that Darwinism could not account for the complexity of biochemistry. Now he takes a giant leap forward. In The Edge of Evolution, Behe uses astounding new findings from the genetics revolution to show that Darwinism is nowhere near as powerful as most people believe. Genetic analysis of malaria, E. coli, and the HIV virus over tens of thousands of generations, not to mention analysis of the entire history of the genetic struggle between them and "us" (humans), make it possible for the first time to determine the precise rates, and likelihood, of random mutations of varying kinds. We now know, as never before, what Darwinism can and cannot accomplish. The answers turn conventional science on its head and are certain to be hotly debated by millions. After The Edge of Evolution, life in the universe will never look the same.

©2007 Michael J. Behe; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"Though many critics won't want to admit it, The Edge of Evolution is very balanced, careful, and devastating. A tremendously important book." (Dr. Philip Skell, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences)

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to take away from Behe's work is that hegemony is not only possible in religion and politics, but in the scientific community as well. Perhaps that is simply a part of human nature (evolved, designed or otherwise), but be that as it may, scientists have for too long guarded the Darwinian evolution model as a holy text, unwilling to allow other theories to enter the scene. There is much to lend credit to Behe's version of Intelligent Design, and one cannot accuse him of "Creationism in disguise," as he advocates no particular Designer, but merely points out the weaknesses in the idea that all came about by the blind, random procress preposed by Darwin and protected with slavering viciousness by Dawkins and company far too long. Remember the end of the movie Inherit the Wind, when Drummond leaves the courtroom clasping a Bible and Darwin's Origin together? Try to have this kind of open minded approach to this book. It is an alternate theory, flawed and incomplete, but then, so is Darwin's evolution, and science is supposed to be about examining ALL the facts, right? So let's give ID a chance. It will not take us back to the Middle Ages, as Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, and Dennett might suggest. We are smarter than that, and we can intelligently consider what this theory has to offer.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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scientific and worshipful experience

I liked this book. Reader was perfect. I have a technical background, and what I didn't hear (but usually do in such a book) was some howler of a mispronunciation or complete mis-understanding of text ending up with wrong emphasis. The book is persuasive, though it has a bit of a blind spot: yes, it is impossible to see that a particularly complex design happened by chance, but I'm didn't hear any calculation of how SOME design that solved the problem was possible by random mutation. But, still, looking below the gross anatomy level to the biochemical level makes it hard to see how there was enough time to come up with the complexity that we see in the world.
This book makes a distinction between evolution and common descent. It firmly agrees with the 2nd, but also with evolution, but with limits.
I'd recommend both this book and "The Language of God" for those who are willing to dig deep into a science book. I find doing so a worshipful experience, and all the more so if the writer is a believer.

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Thought provoking

I don't think the debate of evolution is over and Michael Behe keeps the rational of thought and reason in check. I find the more and more I know the less and less evolution is viable. It becomes an ever increasing decent into intellectual suicide to support evolution as Darwin presents it. Michael Behe presents clear and thought provoking insights that for me, further push me away from Darwinism and its absurdities.

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  • Richard
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Origin of intelligence?

If you believe that the most mind-numbingly complex structure in the cosmos not only assembled itself but, was able to repair itself, duplicate itself and participate in some form of evolution without a detailed blueprint or any form of intelligence in sight, then you must believe in magic. In that case this book is not for you!

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Good Science

Where does The Edge of Evolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good review of the Science that supports Darwinian concepts and theory with a fair look to the limits of the operative underlying science as we know it today. A bit too tech talking in places but a fair college education can make it's way through the word war to find value in the content. I am just now wondering what selection forces might be at work to favor stupidity in the current state of the Human Species.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Evolution?

No memorable moments in this work.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voice given to this book was a bit too edgy for my taste.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing in this book moved me in any strong manner.

Any additional comments?

Generally worth the read for anyone interested in the world of modern science.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Too long and detailed

What disappointed you about The Edge of Evolution?

It was too long and detailed for lay readers. It ought to be advertised as a book for scholars and those who want to get way down into the weeds of molecular biology.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

If you want to join post grad students and scientists in extremely detailed aspects of the subject, this is the book for you. For me, I was looking for a broader view of the subject and this book was disappointing in that sense.

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Excellento Manifesto

Very well thought out presentation of some difficult facts. Evolutionists.... the clock is ticking and your time is almost up. If it wasn't for the public indoctrination centers continuing to corrupt young undeveloped minds, I would say that the theory of Evolution will go to the same place that Al Gores global warming scam is already at.

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