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Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul Hardcover – 12 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067001883X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670018833
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.5 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,219,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jun HardCover. Pub Date: 2008 Pages: 244 Publisher: Viking Books A leading scientist examines the battle between evolution and Intelligent Design in America At the dawn of the twenty-first century. The debate over Darwinas theory of evolution is nearly as contentious as it was in the notorious Scopes trial a century ago. Today. however. people who believe that evolution is aonly a theorya have put their hopes in a concept known as Intelligent Design. In Only a Theory. Kenneth Miller dissects the claims of the ID movement in the same incisive style that marked his testimony as an expert witness in Pennsylvaniaas landmark 2005 Dover evolution trial. Unlike other books on the subject. Only a Theoryas critique of ID goes far beyond the scientific claims of the movement. To Miller. Americaas asoulaaits place as the worldas leading scientific nationais at risk because of this stru...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann N on 6 Mar. 2010
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Good book, spoiled only by "the isn't America the greatest nation on Earth" sub text (clearly appealing to his target audience). Explains in a very accessible way the arguments in the evolution/intelligent design debate - for those interested the origins of life as we know it. It comes down firmly on the side of evolution, leaving no doubt intelligent design is a religious theory, with very flawed scientific arguments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Thoenes on 5 April 2011
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This is an excellent book, written with strong emotion and a good feeling for literature. It is about a problem that is rather typical for America, and that I, as a European scientist, was hardly aware of. It is about the battle between modern scientists and a movement of people that does not "believe" Darwin's evolution theory. Apparently, these people have a powerful lobby in the US, that does not shun all kind of unethical methods to forward their belief and to undermine the progress of science. From a scientific point of view, this belief is quite ridiculous. What was "only a theory" in Darwin's time around a century and a half ago, is now the basis of modern biology. Of course, there is a vast body of scientific knowledge that not only confirms Darwin's theory, but which has developed it to a large scientific structure. Miller's book may appear to be about a kind of interesting folklore, but it is much more than that. It is about a batlle of the ignorant against science in general, that has been raging in the Western world since Galilei in the sixteenth century. Miller demonstrates that America has known a great scientific tradition, that has furthered the development of modern technology, which acquired unprecedented heights. Of course, modern life leans to a large extent on modern technology. Think of the power of medical science and technology, the application of physics and chemistry in practically all industries which made technical acquisitions available to nearly everyone. This applies to the whole western world, but for a long time America had been leading in many areas of technology. This was possible thanks to the typical entrepeneural mind of the Americans. The movement against Darwin is actually a movement against science and modern technology in general.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Starlink on 30 Mar. 2010
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Creationists have several problems in letting their message reach the wider public at a scientific level. One such problem if the comparative lack of scientific credibility which so many of their proponents have compared with what the opposition is offering.

The opposition, the Evolutionists, is represented in this case by Kenneth Miller: an A-list scientist who writes with panache.

What makes this book so impressive is the following. Dawkins and Jerry Coyne, among others, write very well about the evidence in favour of evolution. What they don't do quite so well is to tackle head-on the main arguments which intelligent designers put forwards in support of their position. Therefore, a creationist can say, "I don't care how much apparent evidence there is for evolution, it just can't be true. I know this because of the theory of irreducible complexity." Kenneth Miller dissects that theory and shows, as he did in the Kitzmuller trial, its fallacy.

If you are particularly interested in the relative pros and cons of the ID argument dissected in this book, I also suggest that you look up the Kizmuller trial on Wikipedia where you will be directed to transcripts of the case. The cross examination of Scott Minnich and Michael Behe (both ID scientists) are fascinating.
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