Scientists Confront Creationism Intelligent Design and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0393330737
ISBN-13: 9780393330731
Edition: 2008
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.056

From leading scientists, lawyers, and educatorsa decisive rebuttal to those who undermine science in the name of religion. In a time when creationist textbooks continue to appear in classrooms and the president of the United States encourages educators to "teach both sides" of the argument,Scientists Confront Creationismpresents an accessible defense of evolution and a blueprint to save public education in this country from the dangers of pseudoscience. With sixteen essays from some of the most important advocates in the field, including Kevin Padian, John R. Cole, and Wesley R. Elsberry,Scientists Confront Creationismreveals the persuasive evidence for evolution and the bankruptcy of the creationists' claims. While telling the history of creationism in America, this powerful collection eviscerates "intelligent design" and reveals the newest tactics taken by antievolutionist proponents. As long as science requires public advocacy, this highly intelligent treasury of scholarship will remain an essential resource for students, teachers, and open-minded citizens. 12 illustrations.

Andrew J. Petto is the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, and a lecturer in anatomy and physiology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He lives in Wisconsin.

Laurie R. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts.

Acknowledgments
Preface: Why We Did It Again
Introduction: The Problems with Creationism
Creationism and "Intelligent Design"
Darwinism, Creationism, and "Intelligent Design"
Creation Science Lite: "Intelligent Design" as the New Anti-Evolutionism
Wielding the Wedge: Keeping Anti-Evolutionism Alive
Scientific Perspectives
Physics, Cosmology, and the New Creationism
The Ages of the Earth, Solar System, Galaxy, and Universe
Creationism and the Origin of Life: Did It All Begin in a "Warm Little Pond"?
"Transitional Forms" versus Transitional Features
Biological Complexity
Logic and Math Turn to Smoke and Mirrors: William Dembski's "Design Inference"
Human Emergence: Natural Process or Divine Creation?
Understanding Science
God of the Gaps: The Argument from Ignorance and the Limits of Methodological Naturalism
Is Evolution "Only a Theory"? Scientific Methodologies and Evolutionary Biology
The Invisible Bible: The Logic of Creation Science
Why Target Evolution? The Problem of Authority
Why Teach Evolution?
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