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  • Hardcover: 611 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061472786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061472787
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Signature in the Cell is a defining work in the discussion of life’s origins . . . the powerful case Meyer presents cannot be ignored in any honest debate. . . [T]his book is an engaging, eye-opening, and often eye-popping read” (American Spectator)

“A decisive case based upon breathtaking and cutting-edge science.” (Dr. Philip S. Skell, member, National Academy of Sciences, and Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University)

“A fascinating exploration . . . Whether you believe intelligent design is true or false, Signature in the Cell is a must-read book.” (Dr. Scott Turner, professor, environmental and forest biology, State University of New York, and author of The Tinkerer’s Accomplice)

“A careful presentation of this fiendishly difficult problem.” (Dr. Thomas Nagel, professor, New York University, in the Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A Compelling Case for Intelligent Design Based on Revolutionary Discoveries in Science

In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer has written the first comprehensive DNA-based argument for intelligent design. As he tells the story of successive attempts to unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address—how did life begin?—Meyer develops the case for this often-misunderstood theory using the same scientific method that Darwin himself pioneered. Offering a fresh perspective on one of the enduring mysteries of modern biology, Meyer convincingly reveals that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or "giving up on science," but instead on compelling, and mounting, scientific evidence.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2013
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Once, at school (a long long time ago) when we were discussing evolution as a process, I asked my biology teacher that if Darwin was right how could a Gannet develop such a beautiful, artistic head and beak, which looked to all intents and purposes as though it had been painted and shaded by an artist.
I was unpolitely told not to bother with 'that type of thinking' which was tantamount to pseudoscience. The class laughed, and we moved on.
I've been deeply interested in intelligent design ever since.

What makes this book so interesting is the way the author drills right down into the complexities of the building blocks of life, and goes to great lengths to explain just how impossible it would be for DNA to develop randomly, as Darwin, and current science would have us believe.

The numbers involved to allow the random development of DNA defy description, and this short review just couldn't do his work justice.
Rather than focussing me on say, the complexities of the human eye, as other authors have done, the author showed me, page by page, number by number how much design at a molecular level just can't be a random act, it reeks of intelligence. And he did it by involving me all the way. At no stage did I feel lost in a sea of sciencespeak whilst I read this book, his writing style is not only exacting and precise, but also totally involving.
A great read if you are a seeker of information on ID.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher L. Stradling on 25 July 2014
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This book argues that life, particularly at the level of the cell's molecular machinery, is too complex to have arisen by undirected natural processes.

Stephen Meyer is a science historian as well as a philosopher of science. The book begins with a readable and informative account of how the secrets of the cell, and the way it stores the information required to build and maintain the organism were elucidated. (Epigenetics is not covered - this is dealt with in his next book, Darwin's Doubt). He then looks at some of the processes going on in the cell (e.g. synthesis of proteins starting with the base codes on DNA) and shows that these systems depend on foresight and planning. Intelligence, or 'mind', must have gone into creating them. For example, the machines that extract the protein-coding information from DNA, and the machines that read that information and create the proteins, each depend on a mutually agreed abstract code which cannot be accounted for by mere chemistry. It is probabilistically impossible for such a coordinated array of systems to have arisen without conscious planning and supreme design skills.

Interestingly, the mathematical challenge to Darwinism did not arise from Creationists or Intelligent Design advocates. It was secular scientists like Fred Hoyle who first highlighted the probabilistic objections to evolution (sensu lato). The charge that all opposition to Darwinian evolution is religiously motivated does not stand up to examination.

Scientists have attempted to account for the existence of the staggeringly complex cell by postulating half-way stages, most commonly the RNA hypothesis. This envisages a protein-less life based on RNA rather than DNA, which (somehow!) flipped into the current DNA + proteins system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr_D on 18 Oct. 2014
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Although I'm a christian I don't agree with intelligent design simply because I dont think you can just say Intelligent Design did it as a theory but how it did it. None the less my word this is an awe inspiring book beautifully laid out giving you a wonderful grasp of the beauty of our 3.7 billion letter long genetic code. I'm 15 at the moment, but this book brakes down and simplifies a complex issue and then rebuilds it back up in a way I can understand. The wonderful writing style of this book and the wonders of our world so elegantly displayed here got me to love science - I used to strongly dislike it but now am hoping to take science further and then possibly study Geology at uni. Thank you very much Steven Meyer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buzbox on 11 Nov. 2014
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It's interesting to see where the Amazon rating stars go for this book but it seems to emphatically engage one audience whilst insulting or offending another. I suspect your pre-read bias strongly influences what you are willing to absorb, but I think the book poses some HUGE questions that confound the popular scientific theory on evolution and worthy of some reflection EVEN if you don't like where this argument is heading.

Wherever you stand on this topic, I agree with many other reviewers: It's a book that should be read, thoughtfully considered and your perspectives re-evaluated which ever side of the fence you sit. Perhaps even to sit back on the fence is no bad thing.
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It seems that there are two camps here with opposing views: Those who have bought in to The 'Dawkins' perspective of evolution and the 'God Delusion' and those who are convinced that God is behind creation. I have read material from both 'sides' and they are fascinating. But let's be clear on one thing: no single person, no single author and no single reader (or groups of) actually knows the real answer. The real answer may be beyond our limited intelligence (like 'what was there before the Big Bang'). Having said this I have come down on the side of Intelligent Design - but with a caveat which I will get to.

But this is a review of a book, primarily. And I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to know, essentially, the history of our understanding of the human cell and how it functions. As some reviewers have stated, you have to 'hang tough' here and there and I would really recommend watching some of the on-line videos. A 'religious' video by Brother Peter Diamond is available at www.vaticancatholic.com and it describes a lot of the science in the book really well. Btw I am not catholic or even religious (see my caveat below). I'm sure there are other equally good ones available from what others may view as more objective sources (the author has a video available at the books website but I found it assumed too much prior knowledge - unless I saw the wrong thing). Nonetheless I'm still on the side of intelligent design - not least because of what seems to be the logical conclusion that DNA and the proteins it specifies had to be in existence at the same time.

I had never understood what is actually meant by the phrase 'the genetic code' and the revelation of what it means is indeed breathtaking (and wasn't Francis Crick amazing?).
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