Darwin Devolves

Darwin Devolves

The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution

Book - 2019
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Argues that recent scientific discoveries disprove Darwinism and strengthen the case for an intelligent creator.

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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 bestseller 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.



Baker
& Taylor

Dubbed the “Father of Intelligent Design,” the author of the controversial book Darwin’s Black Box contends that recent scientific discoveries further disprove Darwinism and strengthen the case for an intelligent creator. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062842619
Branch Call Number: 576.8 BEH
Characteristics: 342 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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FrankKlassen
Apr 21, 2019

"... a quick introduction to Behe for those who may not know who Behe is or where this is coming from. With the release of his first book, Darwin’s Black Box, in 1996, Behe helped revolutionize and reorganize the resistance to modern evolution under the banner known as “Intelligent Design,” often abbreviated as ID. Many consider ID as simply creationism by another name, but the ID community works hard to distance themselves from that label. They insist that ID is a scientific theory, not a religious one, based on what they consider evidence that cells and organisms were designed intentionally, rather than the result of the aimless and unguided forces of evolution. Scientists and federal courts disagree, but this has not stopped the steady steamroller of books and articles from the ID community."
February 12, 2019 by Nathan H Lents
https://thehumanevolutionblog.com/2019/02/12/behe-polar-bears/

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CMcC
Apr 18, 2019

Although chance events certainly do occur and can leave their imprint around the far margins, from its purposeful physical structures we can firmly conclude that, to an overwhelming extent, life is the product of a mind.

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CMcC
Apr 18, 2019

The utter sterility of Darwinian theory in accounting for complex funtional systems (as shown by these and many other examples) should push evolutionary theorists to consider that thay just may have been barking up the wrong tree.

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FrankKlassen
Apr 20, 2019

A "controversial author" is usually someone who is an outlier from the mainstream ... in this case mainstream science. While challenging ideas should always be welcome, it would appear that Michael Behe at best 'cherry picks' his 'facts' and at worse completely misrepresents the actual findings of scientists working in the scientific fields he criticizes.

Before anyone simply picks up this book, or any other proponent of "Intelligent Design" - the modern-day equivalent of Biblical creationism - check out a couple of intelligent reviews of "Darwin Devolves" from real scientists and science editors:

https://thehumanevolutionblog.com/2019/02/12/behe-polar-bears/

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2019/02/07/darwin-devolves/

Cheers.

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CMcC
Apr 18, 2019

Darwin Devolves is a very controversial argument against materialistic Darwinism. The author Michael Behe has made himself a popular target in the science press and among some very high profile scientists for his suggestion that the world looks like there is an intelligent mind behind the world we inhabit. Although this book addresses some very complex issues of biology it is a fun read because the author tells us of some wonderful biological machines within cells and uses simple ideas to explain detailed facts of biochemistry. As well, it is not just a scientific description of some biological details, it is a very strong, direct challenge to the people who believe we and all of nature are the product of random, unguided processes. He energetically and confidently defends his thesis that “Intelligent Design” is the idea which best describes what we observe around us.
I found his section on Mind to be particularly interesting. It is popular at present to say that everything has evolved, and even our mind activity is just the product of what we ate for breakfast, the temperature of the day, etc. But who really believes this? This is the inevitable result of taking “materialism” to its logical conclusion. Dr. Behe argues very well, I would say, that this is a ridiculous position yet the materialist must confess this to get away from admitting that there is an intelligent mind behind everything we encounter. I think this book is well worth reading for its factual information and for its provocative argument.

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Apr 18, 2019

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