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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (31 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892818840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892818846
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,233 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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Richard Milton is a science journalist and design engineer based in London. He is a member of Mensa, the international high-IQ society, and writes a column for Mensa Magazine. He has been a member of the Geologists' Association for twenty years, and did extensive geological research for this book. He has been featured on the BBC, NBC, and other television networks. He is also the author of Alternative Science.

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40 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
I attended a lecture by this author a few years back, held incidently under the auspices of Mensa. Rather than being the 'rant and raving' approach suggested by some reviewers he presented his approach in an orderly, factual manner. The thrust of his lecture was to look at the FACTS - and base our understanding on these rather than just theories and conjectures. The book seeks to do this. The writer is a lifelong Scientific journalist and has researched a lot of facts known by but hidden from public view by the evolutionist lobby. The problem is that instead of looking at subject with an open mind we approach it (evolution etc.) with pre-conceieved ideas moulded in many cases by manipulative teaching and journalism based not on facts but theories and conjectures.
The book is a very readable attempt to encourage readers to consider that there are very concrete facts which go against the accepted views of evolution.
Approach the book with an open mind and you will find it challenging and thought provoking. Approach it from the point of view that the writer is 'ranting and raving' and you will totally miss the point of what he is tying to get across.
Having listened to the author I got the impression that he did a lot of research on his subject and approached it with an open mind and came to his conclusions after looking at the facts rather than from a mind set fixed and unwilling to look facts honestly.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 5 Dec. 2010
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Richard Milton's "Shattering the Myths of Darwinism" is an anti-Darwinist book, which earned the writer a brief notoriety after a series of conflicts with world-leading evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Apparently, Dawkins persuaded a British newspaper not to publish an article by Milton, and wrote a scathing review of his book. Among other things, Dawkins called Milton a creationist ally or dupe.

Milton doesn't call himself a creationist. He's not a Christian fundamentalist, and seems to lack religious affiliation altogether. He even claims to believe in evolution. However, most of his arguments seem to be taken from creationist sources. Since these arguments are anti-evolutionary, they tend to contradict Milton's claim that he does believe in evolution, after all. This in itself was quite enough to anger the Darwinists. By contrast, the creationists were soon distributing Milton's book - I actually bought it from a young earth group in Sweden.

But there's more. Milton liberally makes use of arguments from the works of Melvin A. Cook, without mentioning the salient fact that Cook was a Mormon creationist. This explains one of Cook's more curious arguments: that the matter making up our planet might be over 4 billion years old, thus explaining the radiometric dates, but that the Earth might still be very young. Milton rehashes this argument, apparently without realizing that it's based on Mormon theology. The Mormons believe that matter is eternal, but that the gods didn't fashion the Earth out of this eternal matter until about 6000 years ago. Thus, Milton isn't even sure whether the Earth is old, making it even stranger how he can believe in evolution.
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23 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Wynde on 30 May 2008
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I suspect everyone's start point biases the review they give this book, i.e. you'll tend toward 5-star reviews if starting from a theistic viewpoint (it confirms that world-view), and 1-star reviews if approaching from an atheistic/Darwinian viewpoint (it attacks this world-view). I start from the latter point and so admit that I approached with a sceptical, but open, mind.

The trouble is, I arrived at my atheistic stance after a pretty careful consideration of all sides of the debate, reading the philosophy of religion and Christianity, and doing the same for atheism and evolution. I'm not saying I'm any kind of expert, but here's the rub: I know the subject to a deep enough level to know that Milton's arguments are misleading. I can only surmise that he either doesn't understand current evolutionary theory or is deliberately mistating it to make his points. He's clearly not an idiot, so I think that it is the latter. This therefore leads to a questioning of his motives, and of his claim to be agnostic.

For instance, he claims:
- there are no reported examples of speciation (bacterial studies, the HIV virus, lesser black backed gulls, red and grey squirrels are all valid examples)
- that supporters of evolution claim all organisms are perfect (they don't)
- that there are no observable beneficial mutations (so why are we worried about bacteria evolving resistant strains? That happens, and is beneficial to the bacteria)
- that the peppered moth example is used by supporters to demonstrate a spontaneous mutation (it isn't)
- that the natural consequence of evolution is no higher-order organisms but a mass of bacteria (there's no logic to this assertion)

Finally, there isn't a single mention in the entire book about speciation through genetic drift, which may be more important than natural selection as a mechanism for creating variation.

There are better uses of your time out there. Avoid.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Xoot on 6 May 2013
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Shattering the Myths of Darwinism (No)

This is a terrible book. It's so full of errors, misunderstandings and misleading statements, I wouldn't recommend it anyone wanting to conduct a serious study into evolution and the question of how life has arisen and evolved on Earth. The author has a poor understanding of most of the ideas and theories he challenges. Here are two examples:

1. In the Controversies section, in the chapter The Fish That Walked on pages 256-257 Milton summarises the history of the discovery of the Coelacanth, from fossil to living specimen. While it's very interesting that this fossil was initially heralded as the first fish that emerged on land, which was later proved to be false, he seems to use this as further evidence to suggest Darwinian evolution may be wrong (implying "if they got this wrong, what else might have they got wrong?"). The thing is, it was the same scientists who were wrong that admitted they were wrong and revised their theory, once living specimens were discovered. Milton says this of the discovery:

"The strange catch was a "living fossil" and its discovery must have been poetically inspired by the goddess of coincidence to remind mortals of their fallibility.
It soon became clear from examining the strange catch that the coelacanth was a poor choice for the "missing link" between marine and terrestrial life. Its four fins are much like those of any other fish and are no more suitable for supporting its weight on land, or of giving rise to amphibious limbs, than of those of fairground goldfish.
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