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Facts of Life: Shattering the Myth of Darwinism [Hardcover]

Richard Milton
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20 Aug 1992
Over the past two decades, certain scientific discoveries have been made which greatly undermine the Darwinist view that chance is the mechanism of The Earth's antiquity, the ability of species to change by selection, their inability to inherit acquired features, the existence of a "missing link" between man and ape - all these are essential tenets of the Darwinist canon and all have been thrown into grave doubt. No blame attaches to the man himself, but how can Darwinists continue to get it so wrong? Methods of lava-dating are hopelessly inaccurate (sometimes by as much as 2.9 billion years), the earth's radioactive dating "clocks" have been reset, and the rocks of its crust are merely thousands of years old, not millions. This book contains hundreds more pieces of evidence against Darwinism.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition, First Impression edition (20 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857020278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857020274
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Milton is a writer, journalist and broadcaster on a wide range of subjects. He currently freelances for The Daily Telegraph and other papers. He is the author of six books including "Bad Company", which The Sunday Times made its Business Book of the Week, and which sets out to explain why large corporations sometimes behave in self-defeating and even insane ways. His controversial "Alternative Science" examines how and why good science is sometimes thrown out with the bad.

His novel "Dead Secret" is a mind-blowing paranormal thriller that has just been published on Kindle. His latest non-fiction title "Best of Enemies" looks at Anglo-German relations through two world wars and charts the origins of modern propaganda.

His controversial "Shattering the myths of Darwinism" has caused some members of the scientific establishment to start chewing the carpet and foaming at the mouth, by daring to demand real empirical evidence in support of their Darwinian beliefs, in place of conjecture and pseudoscience

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts of Life: By Richard Milton. 3 July 2011
By ShiDaDao Ph.D TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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As an exercise in philosophy, this is a very interesting book. It presents a narrative that questions the established paradigm of the correctness of the synthetic theory of evoluton, and is, theorefore, an exercise in free thinking. The author, at the time of writing this book, describes himself as a scientific journalist, and explains that his association with the scientific community has given him an insight into the structure of neo-Darwinian thinking, and as a consequence, into what Richard Milton views as terminal flaws in the theory. Essentially, Milton is presenting the idea that the theory of evolution, although presented as 'proven' beyond doubt, is infact a collection of disconnected biological facts, held together by scientific supposition. The book is named after the final chapter in the main body.

The hardback (1992) edition contains 267 numbered pages, and is separated into an Introduction, a Postscript and five parts:

Part 1) Chaos.
Through the Looking-Glass.
A Matter of Conjecture.
The Key to the past?
Rock of Ages.
Footprints in the Moon Dust.

Part 2) Clay.
Tales from Before the Flood.
Fashioned from Clay.
An Element of Unreality.
When Worlds Collide.

Part 3) Chance.
The Record of the Rocks.
Survival of the Finest.
Green Mice and Blue Genes.
Of Cabbages and Kings.

Part 4) Creation.
Paradigm Lost.
Angels Verses Apes.
Down From the Trees.
Hopeful Monsters and Other Optimists.
The Facts of Life.

Part 5) Afterword - An Evolutionists' Apocrypha.
On Being Thick-Skinned.
The Fish that Walked.
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This highly controversial, yet well written, book has one aim in mind: to challenge the basis of contemporary darwinian and neo-darwinian evolution, a theory which provides the basis for many modern creation beliefs. The author (an agnostic, incidentally) provides many pieces of evidence which seem to have been covered up by the scientific establishment, and uses them to show how, despite all the evidence there is for evolution, it cannot be right.
The author does not, however, make any attempt to provide an alternative theory - this is not the objective of the book - but he does show that even modern scientific ideas need to be challenged and scrutinised, and we can still get things wrong even today!
Worth a read if you have an open mind and are willing to be surprised!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Creationist wishful thinking 10 Mar 2010
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As extreme as Richard Dawkins' views are, I at least get the impression his books have good grounding in reality.

This tome by Richard Milton offers little in the way of the "facts" suggested in the title. Avoid unless you've already made up your mind about the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is Evolutionary Theory built on the sand? 5 Nov 1997
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At last, there is a readable account which looks at the reality of the facts underpinning Darwinism. This book is written by a non-Christian, non-Creationist science writer concerned that scientists have forgotten the philosophical basis of their art and made a theory an article of faith. Unfortunately, in failing to recognize the potential weaknesses of evolutionary theory, biologists are closing the door to new knowledge. (If classical physics had had such a fanatical following, would Einstein have come to prominence?) If you would like another reason to read this book, take one from Richard Dawkins of Oxford University: His review of "The Facts of Life" printed at the beginning of the book convinced me that it was worth reading. He resorted to ridicule and personal attack, but never (in a reasonably lengthy article) did he begin to refute the actual evidence reported in the book. If an eminent practitioner cannot use the tools of his trade to support the basis of his convictions it certainly raises questions about their quality. If you are an interested scientist or layman disturbed by evolutionary blind faith - read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You know... 11 July 2006
By B. J. Morris - Published on
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I think that it should be a requirement to actually READ the book that your review is about, not just to parrot what the neo-Darwinist faith tells you that you must say about a book.

Because this book is aimed at disputing much of what is treated as fact by neo-Darwinists despite their not actually haven proven any of it, I can see why it would get its share of criticism. But to describe this book as being written for the average layperson when parts of it are so technical that I had to struggle to grasp what was being said (this being said by a woman who qualifies for Mensa membership)... This is clearly written by someone who has not read the book.

The basic premise of the book is that much of what is being taught to our children regarding the origins of life and how species develop is simply untrue. As a recent college student, I can verify that this is still what is being taught, even though biologists and others have reason to doubt that it is, in fact, accurate information. As Richard Milton observes, Darwinism/neo-Darwinism is as much a matter of faith as Christianity or Buddhism. It has not been conclusively proven thus far, but scientists are treating it as truth and no longer searching for answers.

He attacks neo-Darwinism on the basis that its proponents either ignore the evidence that doesn't fit or go to extraordinary lengths to *make* it fit. He seems to believe that science is suffering for having decided that Darwin was completely correct and, instead of evaluating new evidence as it comes to light, eschewing those who have any evidence that we might not have the total answer just yet. If you don't subscribe to the Darwinist faith, that seems to disqualify any credibility you might have on the subject of science. Milton thinks that is leading science to overlook important evidence that might one day point us toward the truth.

Milton is not a creationist. "I am not a creationist and do not hold an religious convictions. I can find no scientific or logical reason to believe or disbelieve in a creator and I remain open-minded on the question" (p 233). He lists his reason for writing the book as being "to sound a cautionary note about the extent to which ideological Darwinism has replaces scientific Darwinism in our educational system. My message is that the world is full of people who want you to believe in their 'ism'--Darwinism, Marxism, Freudianism, and the rest. Don't accept anything they say unless they can substantiate it with scientific evidence, however persuasive their arguments" (p 235-6).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely refreshing, honest and non emotional presentation of research 29 Jan 2007
By Rita Eilene Beard - Published on
Personally I found the book, "Shattering the Myths of Darwinism" by Richard Milton to be extremely refreshing, profound, enlightening, totally honest, free of emotion and cuts through dogmatism of both polarized positions (neo Darwinists and so called "Scientific Creationists") I found Richard Milton's book to be very honest and intelligent without the vilification and arrogance often found by some credentialed authors. The honest enquirer looking for truth loses out by not reading this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 6 Jan 2013
By Michael A. - Published on
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Lucid, informative, a pleasure to read. although not a creationist, intelligent designer or even a theist, the author makes a devastating case against the conventional wisdom surrounding the origins of life question. Respectful of scientific inquiry, but irreverent of scientific orthodoxy, this is one of my favorite books that puts Darwinism, evolution, and scientific orthodoxy to shame.

Of the very few excellent academic authors on the subject, Richard Milton is more readable than David Berlinsky The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, lighter than Philip Johnson Darwin on Trial, more understandable than Michael Behe Darwin's Black Box, and more informative for the layman than Michael Denton Evolution: A Theory In Crisis. If you are skeptical about what your science educator is teaching you or your kids, read them all but start here!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, Exposes the Lies of Darwinism 31 Mar 2014
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A must read for anyone serious about finding the TRUTH.
Exposes the lies and fiction of Darwinism.
Written from a scientific perspective and presented in an
easy to understand format.
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