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Overview This work by James Perloff attacks the myth of Darwinism from several angles. With evidence, or rather lack thereof, from the fossil record, Perloff demonstrates that there is no fossil support for evolution, as known by Darwin himself. Other arguments include why mutations cannot serve as the building block of evolution, why chance could not create even one of thousands of essential proteins for life, why radiometric dating techniques are not indisputable methods, and more. This work will serve as a resource for those interested in apologetics, and particularly creation versus evolution.
Publishers Description In an easy-to-read text, this book examines growing scientific evidence that is challenging Darwin's theory of evolution: lack of transitional forms in the fossil of mutations (almost universally destructive) serving as evolutionary record, the impossibility building blocks, the bad logic of natural selection theory, the stunning lack of evidence for "ape-men, " the mathematic impossibility of life beginning by itself, more. Also explores how Darwinism helped foster Hitler's racial policies and examines how Inherit the Wind grossly misled Americans about the Scopes trial. Addresses the ever-vital question: Are we here by chance or are we created by God? Indexed, over 80 illustrations, hundreds of quotes from scientists.
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Publishers Weekly - 08/30/1999 page 70
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Studio: Refuge Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6" Height: 0.82" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Refuge Books
ISBN 0966816005 ISBN13 9780966816006
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More About James Perloff
Perloffis a free-lance writer based in Boston, MA.
James Perloff currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. James Perloff was born in 1951.
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Fascinating, Eye-Opening, Compelling. Nov 10, 2007
I just finished this book on a plane. I am an attorney, and largely an agnostic, though I believe there is a higher power.
This book specifically addresses virtually every aspect of Darwinism and evolution, answering many of the questions I had along the way. As I have written elsewhere, I always "believed" in evolution because it seemed, on the surface, logical. However, after reading this book, I can't stop thinking about the arguments it raises clearly and well, and just how little evidence there is for evolution from a primordal soup to man. Indeed, I had no idea the creation theory (while I don't fully buy it) is much less a leap of faith than Darwinism/Macro-evolution. This only becomes obvious when you understand fully what little evidence there is for it. Perloff convinced me that evolution is more a slap at a divine being than a rational supportable scientific theory.
I posed several of the questions to a friend of mine who teaches college biology and zoology. His answers were largely sophmoric pablum I tore apart slowly and methodically with more questions. Once you know what to ask, and have a handle on the evidence and science, it is much easier. Finally, his face went blank, his voice fell silent, and he mustered up the honesty to tell me there really is very little evidence to support macro-evolution. He also said the fully developed fossils found in the oldest layers are "troubling," and the recent developments in DNA and cellular research has--in his words--"nearly closed the door on Darwin's theory." What, I asked him, does this leave us with? He could not say, but he said more and more of his science colleagues are seriously questioning evolution. "What proof is there for evolution?" "None," was his final answer. After reading this book, I can understand why. And he teaches evolution.
I have never cared where facts lead, and value clarity over agreement. Now I believe I have a good understanding of why evolution is so utterly impossible. In fact, I laughed when I finished the book, because knowing WHY it is impossible makes the entire Darwinian house of cards crumble--quickly.
Now my agnostic world has been turned rather upside down. I am not convinced about the creation God-push at the end of the book, but it sure makes a lot more sense than Darwin. Read the book and see for yourself. No one can claim with definity how we got here, but I am now very comfortable knowing that it was not evolution. Time, for me at least, to look elsewhere for the answers.
Contrarian Review Oct 23, 2007
You may not want to read this short comment at all, because, honestly, I have not read the book. I read other folks' comments. That was enough. ( I have given the author five stars because it simply wouldn't be fair to reduce any ratings based on a non-reader's negative review.)
There is proof -- substantial, repeatable, undeniable proof that low-level compounds can form into pre-analogs of DNA. Look up Eigen and Schuster, who created a revolution in biochemistry when they discovered this. After that, read anything by Christian de Duve, who covers this ground excellently.
There is proof -- again, very powerful -- of "live evolution". We see it in bacteria, we see it in mutation of anti-biotic resistant flu bugs, we see it in songbirds and bees. There are dozens of lay books and thousands of articles on this. They cover everything from low level examinations of gene expression under environmental pressure to historical studies.
There is proof that mutation can do something besides create "junk". Think folks: how can hospital bacteria "develop resistance" to antibiotics, unless the bacteria families themselves are mutating over time?
Lastly, for now, why does the human genome have FEWER base pairs than, say, rice? Maybe humans are more perfected? Maybe the extra or 'silent' DNA found in many other 'lower' level species has been pruned OUT of humans, as they've approached higher levels of perfection? ( I don't know, this is a guess...)
Look -- I believe in Spirit/God/Higher Power, pick your pleasure. But using bad writing and bad arguments parading as science to support our beliefs just does one thing. It perpetuates the myth that believers are anti-intellectual, and it makes us look foolish.
Meanwhile, back at the library, start with NEODarwinism, not Darwinism, please. No serious biologist espouses "darwinism" any longer. This is a straw man. The theory itself has grown and matured over time, and "it ain't your daddy's Ford" anymore. I'd recommend starting with Steven Jay Gould and moving forward into this millenium. (And in the next decade, you'll be reading about Craig Venter creating life in his laboratory, by the way.)
Thanks for listening....and good luck no matter what your journey.
How Creationism can poison an intelligent mind Jun 29, 2007
I gave this book three stars because it is a fascinating peek into how a Creationist mindset can blind even an intelligent person seeking the truth.
As one reviewer said previously, a "hole" in a theory doesn't mean that an alternate theory is immediately true, especially one as farfetched as Creationist theory. The "holes" in Evolutionary theory are miniscule compared to those is Creationist theory.
Using your rationality, I ask you this question: which is more believable to you: Darwin's theory of evolution or the literal belief in Noah's Ark? Please, use your head!
Exposes the flaws in evolution THEORY Dec 23, 2005
If you read this book with an honest open mind and evaluate evolution logically, chances are you will walk away amazed that the THEORY of evolution has gotten so far. I had no idea there was such a lack of evidence for evolution until I read this. I am encouraged to see that evolution is not advancing as a theory...more and more people (and scientists) are recognizing it for what it is: pure speculation.
I think Darwin himself said it best in his letter to a colleague in 1858. He said evolution "will be grievously too hypothetical." I couldn't agree more.
Childish nonsense Apr 19, 2004
I just finished reading this mind-numbing waste of time and now I really need to take a shower. I always thought that creationists, with their childish arguments and Santa Claus logic, were semi-amusing and ultimately harmless. But now that I have a child of my own I think it may be time to circle the wagons of intellect. Dig?