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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Hill House Publishers; Reprinted UK Edition edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947352511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947352516
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 20.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An A4 sized paperback published in the UK in 2009 . Reprinted in October 2009 . USA Published in 2007 . The book explores the arguments for and against Neo-Darwinism . Size 200 X 260 X 20

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Kentish on 24 April 2012
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As someone with a molecular biology background, I've been enthralled by those who are willing to examine whether Darwinian evolution gives us all the answers.

The way this book delivers the pros and cons is excellent. It does not pre-empt your answer, but provides readers with many basic concept that help them decide for themselves. Of course any book which challenges the status quo is going to come under attack of those that defend it and dismiss it as 'creationism' repackaged.

Sadly many will dismiss this book for the same reason, which will deter anyone from looking into it themselves. I would recommend anyone who is interested in the debate, and the facts, read it for themselves and then decide. It will no doubt create as much debate as is currently ranging about the adequacy of evolution to explain the start of life and the mechanics of how simple life forms can evolve to the complex life forms we see today.

If you are someone who believes Darwism, or neo-Darwinism is adequate to explain everything, or think the debate is just a lot of hot air, or unwilling to challenge the science, then don't bother reading the book. If however, you want to grasp the basics of what the debate is really about, read this book and I am sure you will enjoy it.

Lastly, as this book says, it's about the science and allowing the evidence in science to infer the best answer not simply to accept the evidence if it only fits within a particular worldview.

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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Braterman on 15 April 2012
This review is from: Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism (Paperback)

This book looks like a biology text. It isn't. It misleads, misinforms, and misdirects, in order to create the appearance of scientific controversy where none exists. In order to do this, it presents a straw man version of what contemporary biology actually is, contrasts this with unnamed "critics" whose views seem unconstrained by scientific reality, and then invites students to "make up their own minds" on the basis of what has been said.

The book claims to use "enquiry-based learning". It does not. Enquiry-based learning requires the students to collect materials and formulate their own questions. What we have here is the very opposite, with both materials and questions being presented to make a case.

Scientific positions are grossly mis-stated. To take one example I am familiar with, Woese's criticism of the concept of a single root to the tree of life is presented as if he were a scientific ally of the book's creationist alternative, an orchard (the book's term) of life. The very opposite is the case, since Woese seeks to replace this tree with a web; to make the different existing "branches" more, not less, connected.

Specific cases are repeatedly misrepresented. The "objections" to the classical work on the peppered moth are trotted out, with no reference to the fact that the work has since been independently verified. Behe's claims to have discovered "irreducible complexity" in the bacterial flagellum are repeated in some detail, while the crushing arguments against this claim that so thoroughly convinced Judge Jones are reduced to a parody outline.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By d mitchelson on 27 Jan. 2013
Any book on evolution published by the Discovery Institute will not scientific, balanced or accurate. They have no interest in presenting any real evidence, only cherry-picked, misrepresented, distortions of properly researched discoveries. They do no research themselves, have had their "theories" soundly debunked in the past, and their only interest is to disparage evolution because it interferes with their world view that the earth is only a few thousand years old, as indicated by that fountain of knowledge & morality, the bible.
I imagine they will sell very few of these books as they seem to have priced the book at £703.83. If their "research" is as careless as their typing, I think we can guess how accurate this book will be.
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Five Stars 4 May 2015
By K. Johnson - Published on
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Nice supplement to a pro-evolution science book to show areas where evolution does not offer the best explanation.
Five Stars 15 Mar. 2015
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Very easy to follow and balanced treatment on the issue of evolution
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Well done evaluation of the actual scientific data 1 Jun. 2014
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Staunch Creationists might complain that they don't go far enough, evolutionists might claim that they are just re-cycling creationism, but for the most part, the critics devote very little ink to actually engaging with the arguments in this book. Meyer et al are ID theorists, and they have written a very balanced treatment of the scientific issues surrounding evolution in this book. Those who write off the quality of the book simply because of the authors are, unfortunately, just committing the genetic fallacy and giving the appearance that they really are intimidated to discuss the science instead of the rhetoric.
Anyone who teaches high school biology (or home schools) would be well served in purchasing this as a supplemental text for discussing evolution. It lacks some depth, but it does give a nice overview of both sides of the issue. Even if a teacher thinks the book stinks, it is worth using to generate a conversation in class and help prepare students for the discussions that are happening in society.
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A Simple Yet Informative Read 8 Jan. 2013
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I am a student in a 10th grade biology course, and we are using this text in our studies of evolution. Although we have not quite finished the book yet, I absolutely love this book. I am very pleased to finally find a book that looks from the matter at a perspective other than the "evolution and no other option" viewpoint that is forced into most students' minds.

I love a good debate, and I find it very refreshing to see people question the theory of evolution, while still explaining the evidence that scientists use to explain it. The only complaint I have is that this book lacks depth, and only gives a very basic explanation of the various theories. I will likely further my reading, as this topic interests me greatly.

I am disappointed to see so many 1-star reviews, simply because people don't like anything that dares question their evolution theories. It's sad to see such closed-mindedness (not that the other end of the spectrum is any less guilty), though I suppose it can't be helped.

Regardless, I found this to be a very helpful introductory material to the subject of evolution and the many theories surrounding it. I hope to delve deeper into the subject via further reading. I would recommend to this to any high school student or even someone in their early years of college who want a glimpse at both sides of the topic.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding! More science in one chapter than in two or three regular biology texts. 6 May 2014
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Science is the goose that laid the golden egg for the west, and unfortunately most biology texts present a taxidermied version of science where you are just supposed to accept the conclusions presented. Here the scientific dialog is ALIVE, not dead! If your children are going into anything touching biology you must get this book.

Evidence and scientific argument abound in this book, which is why the attacks on it have been mostly name calling. So what if someone says it's "creationism in a cheap suit" (which it is not), don't be intimidated by the guys in white coats. What does the evidence say for both sides? If someone doesn't like this book do they bring evidence and arguments on how to interpret that evidence, or do they bring insults and question motives?
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