Item description for The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (Politically Incorrect Guide) by Jonathan Wells...
Overview Dr. Wells begins by explaining the basic tenets of Darwinism and the evidence both for and against it. Wells then turns to the theory of Intelligent Design (ID), the idea that some features of the natural world, such as the internal machinery of cells, are too "irreducibly complex) to have resulted from unguided natural processes alone. In clear-cut layman's language, he reveals the growing evidence for ID coming out of scientific specialities from microbiology to astrophysics.
Publishers Description Why Darwinism--like Marxism and Freudianism before it--is headed for extinction In the 1925 Scopes trial, the American Civil Liberties Union sued to allow the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools. Seventy-five years later, in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the ACLU sued to prevent the teaching of an alternative to Darwin's theory known as "Intelligent Design"--and won. Why did the ACLU turn from defending the free-speech rights of Darwinists to silencing their opponents? Jonathan Wells reveals that, for today's Darwinists, there may be no other choice: unable to fend off growing challenges from scientists, or to compete with rival theories better adapted to the latest evidence, Darwinism--like Marxism and Freudianism before it--is simply unfit to survive. Wells begins by explaining the basic tenets of Darwinism, and the evidence both for and against it. He reveals, for instance, that the fossil record, which according to Darwin should be teeming with "transitional" fossils showing the development of one species to the next, so far hasn't produced a single incontestable example. On the other hand, certain well-documented aspects of the fossil record--such as the Cambrian explosion, in which innumerable new species suddenly appeared fully formed--directly contradict Darwin's theory. Wells also shows how most of the other "evidence" for evolution-- including textbook "icons" such as peppered moths, Darwin's finches, Haeckel's embryos, and the Tree of Life--has been exaggerated, distorted . . . and even faked. Wells then turns to the theory of intelligent design (ID), the idea that some features of the natural world, such as the internal machinery of cells, are too "irreducibly complex" to have resulted from unguided natural processes alone. In clear-cut layman's language, he reveals the growing evidence for ID coming out of scientific specialties from microbiology to astrophysics. As Wells explains, religion does play a role in the debate over Darwin--though not in the way evolutionists claim. Wells shows how Darwin reasoned that evolution is true because divine creation "must" be false--a theological assumption oddly out of place in a scientific debate. In other words, Darwinists' materialistic, atheistic assumptions rule out any theories but their own, and account for their willingness to explain away the evidence--or lack of it. Darwin is an emperor who has no clothes-- but it takes a brave man to say so. Jonathan Wells, a microbiologist with two Ph.D.s (from Berkeley and Yale), is that brave man. Most textbooks on evolution are written by Darwinists with an ideological ax to grind. Brave dissidents--qualified scientists--who try to teach or write about intelligent design are silenced and sent to the academic gulag. But fear not: Jonathan Wells is a liberator. He unmasks the truth about Darwinism-- why it is wrong and what the real evidence is. He also supplies a revealing list of "Books You're Not Supposed to Read" (as far as the Darwinists are concerned) and puts at your fingertips all the evidence you need to challenge the most closed-minded Darwinist.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 7.36" Height: 0.69" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2006
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Series Politically Incorrect Guide
ISBN 1596980133 ISBN13 9781596980136
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More About Jonathan Wells
By the time Jonathan Wells turned 22 he was living a lifestyle that probably seemed totally unrealistic to everyone he knew. He had completely abandoned his suburban roots to begin his own personal life quest. Living deep in the forest of southern Oregon, Jonathan stripped his life down to the absolute bare minimum so he could start over from scratch. That's where his real life journey began. More than three decades later Jonathan still loves being surrounded by nature. He considers himself to be an avid student of life, nothing more. He truly believes that living and learning should always go hand in hand and that we can all make a meaningful contribution by sharing what we learn along the way. Over the years he has come to fully appreciate the incredible value that comes from connecting with your TRUE SELF. One of Jonathan's greatest passions in life is to help others make that connection. If you want to learn more about his life and work please visit Jonathan online at: AdvancedLifeSkills.com
Jonathan Wells currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design?
Intelligent Design? Poor Science. Oct 30, 2008
Disappointing in both subject matter and execution.
After reading some popular science books about evolution, I picked up this book in the hope of getting a clear, complete and articulate description of Intelligent Design from one of its leading proponents. I hoped it would improve my understanding of the reasoning behind ID, and perhaps reveal and question some of the unspoken assumptions of evolutionary theory.
This book failed to deliver in every way.
The first third of the book was a discussion of the "flaws" in evolutionary theory. Although there were some interesting points raised, almost all were based on misunderstandings or misstatements of evolutionary theory. None of the "flaws" came close to undermining evolutionary theory as the most sound explanation of the evidence. Furthermore, the errors in fact, interpretation and logic were, frankly, laughable.
Next was a discussion of Intelligent Design that was so short, you'd miss it if you skipped a few pages. Even so, it's clear that ID is based on an "analysis" that is purely subjective - whether design can be "inferred" from observation. There's no objective, repeatable method for measuring "design", so any detection of it is little more than opinion. The concept of "irreducible complexity" is an interesting discussion topic, but is nothing new - Darwin himself mentions it in The Origin of Species. Even if examples of it were found, they would at best only raise questions about the dominant role of natural selection in evolution, rather than lend any kind of support to the existence of a designer.
The final half of the book was a mishmash of tired old arguments - including "finely tuned universe", no less - endless rantings of how "Darwinists" have prevented ID from being taught in schools and fired "open-minded" academics, and how "Darwinism" leads to Nazism and immorality. The logic employed in these discussions varied from suspect to non-existent, and unsupported assertions abounded.
I approached this book with an open mind, searching for better understanding, and willing to be convinced of any valid insights and new perspectives that ID could give into the development of life on Earth.
Not only did this book convince me that ID is completely unscientific in basis, but if Wells is representative, its proponents are largely incapable of reason. Not recommended.
Excellent! Oct 26, 2008
This is a very good book. If you wish a more scientific approach to ID, I would refer you to Michael Behe's "Edge of Evolution."
Smithy's take. Oct 24, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this book.Dr Wells does a good job in trying to level the balance that the one eyed media have produced in portraying Darwinism as a fact and anybody deviating from that as a Philistine on a par with those who believe in fairies,little green men and ESP.Well done Jonathan Wells.Your book should be in every library.
Actually, science isn't anything you'd like it to be Oct 21, 2008
I started reading this book for fun (why not) at a local book-store while waiting for a tardy friend. It's written in a very friendly "Idiot's guide to..." style, which makes for easy reading. While parts of the book are entertaining, the author ultimately eschews reason for propaganda.
On one hand, Mr. Wells argues (to be honest, he does very little actual arguing - mostly he states "facts") that "Darwinism" is a questionable science. I find this perfectly reasonable, which is why I started reading the book in the first place. However, he then proceeds to claim that intelligent design is a science. Now, I wondered, how will he argue this claim? The reasoning is staggering: we should define science in whatever way necessary to accommodate intelligent design.
Ultimately, this book isn't meant to be taken as serious literature - it's propaganda. If you're wondering "Propaganda on whose behalf?", I suggest you investigate the author: this is usually the first thing to do with politically charged books. While you might get something out of reading it, a serious question remains: if you are interested in a critique of "Darwinism", why not pick up something more substantial, like "Darwin's Black Box"?
Clear thinking, or Moonie brainwash? You decide Aug 4, 2008
Wells pokes holes in Darwinism (defined as macro evolution, not microevolution, of all species from a common ancestor, by natural selection of random processes) and defends Intelligent Design as legitimate science, and clearly revels in the task. The writing is understandable, the examples are enlightening, and the control of Darwinism on the scientific establishments in government and universities is examined in numerous cases.
A scan of reviews on this site shows about a 60/40 split between 5 stars and 1 star, averaging 3 stars with a standard deviation of two!. In other words, there is no middle ground. Wells was accused of being a brainwashed Moonie, and the Discovery Institute for which he works a Moonie front, and he was praised as a clear thinker and defender of academic freedom, but never by the same people.