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Whether by the hand of God or the conveyor cfeationist of dehate, we are passive products of design rather than living expressions of a genuinely natural, self-propelling evolution. Why, anything creationism can do, evolution can do blindfolded! The accompanying book, Evolutionby Carl Zimmer HarperCollins,is also useful for explaining evolution to doubters. The author, a leading contributor to evolution theory and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, offers a scathing critique of evolution’s opponents.

But why should biologists propose fundamental principles when life is not subject to its own laws apart from those of nature-at-large? To embrace science, it seems, we must xhermer up all sense of meaning.

Though species-specific memory has long been thought to be encoded in genes, the only thing cgeationist know for sure degate DNA is that it distinguishes individuals, not that it provides the general template of a species. Though development from the egg is generally believed to be the automated processing of a genetic blueprint or recipe, no testable hypothesis has ever been proposed that could either verify or falsify this proposition.

Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. It offers detailed discussions some of which may be too sophisticated for casual readers and bibliographies relating to virtually any objection to evolution that creationists might raise.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution » Skeptical About Skeptics

Nature is what comes naturally, after all, as opposed to the preordained outcome of an intentional program. It is also available at www7. Design, by definition, is shermed product of intelligence. In his dual roles of publisher Skeptic magazine and pundit primarily for Scientific AmericanShermer often points out that science is not so much a set of beliefs as a method.


The whole point of science s that nature is best understood on its own terms, not according to human concepts such as imagination or design. Even worse, Shermer insists on applying this term to evolution.

Other Resources for Defending Evolution – Scientific American

Yes, folks, the triumph of evolution over creationism proves that capitalism is superior to planned economies. According to the mathematics of combinatorics, the number of letters the monkey would probably have to type before getting it right is 26 Yet evolution is best understood as the multi-generational self-creation of species in the process of intelligently exploiting environmental opportunities.

Indeed, this affiliation rises to the surface when he rehashes the old thought experiment with the monkey that types Shakespeare. The idea of invoking a general principle of nature, such as holistic memory, to provide for a reasonable biology is simply unfathomable, though of course this is precisely how science has progressed for centuries.

DNA is no more responsible for building organisms than dust is responsible for building tornados. This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution. Biologists are typically well aware of this fact, and a few, including Stephen Jay Gould, have confessed to it in print. Back to 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense.

That Shermer is just pandering to conservatives is revealed by his equation of natural selection with the invisible hand of the free market. But then, why bother making room for memory, intelligence, purpose, character, the unconscious or self-existence when the blind machinery of chromosomes, neurons and natural selection can account for it all?

Shermer treats the ostensible subject of Why Darwin Matters like a shermee, that is, to be seen and not heard. micchael

Just as planetary orbits reveal action at a distance over space, organisms, according to Elsasser, reveal action at a distance over time. Although its goal of making a clear, brief statement necessarily limits the detail with which it can pursue its arguments, the publication serves as handy proof that the scientific establishment unwaveringly supports evolution.

How to Debate a Creationist: Produced as a companion to the seven-part television series Evolution, this site is an enjoyable guide to evolutionary science. It features multimedia tools for teaching evolution.


The paradox of nature is that complexity is way more efficient than simplicity. Sign up for our email newsletter. Though the computer hard drive is often taken as a model for genes and brains as information storage devices, surely the memory of life is not artificial but natural.

See, even the scientific types call it design! This well-researched refutation of creationist claims deals in more depth with many of the same scientific arguments raised here, as well as other philosophical problems. Like a biblical author listing the bounties bestowed on his people by a benevolent deity, Shermer enumerates the many gifts of evolution: It has a particular form characteristic of its kind, and this form is retained from generation to generation.

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Other Resources for Defending Evolution

For anyone debat wishes to understand the “intelligent design” controversy in detail, this book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues. In the muddled mind of Michael Shermer, the clash of evolution and creationism boils down to a dispute between natural design and artificial design.

Jones and Bartlett Publishers, A View from the National Academy of Sciences. Dembski make the case for intelligent design in their chapters and are rebutted by evolutionists, including Pennock, Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins.

Perhaps the collective memory by which our bodies form is itself holistic.

That both views might be wrong never enters his mind. Natural selection operates according to the immediate demands of the local environment, not some far-off goal.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution

The meaning of memory is that causation can operate from the deep past as well as the immediate past. National Center for Science Education Web site www. National Academy Press, PBS Web site for evolution www. But this is colloquial speech, not proper, scientific usage.