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Signature in the Cell

Signature in the Cell [Kindle Edition]

Stephen C. Meyer
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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

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Signature in the Cell is a defining work in the discussion of life’s origins and the question of whether life is a product of unthinking matter or of an intelligent mind. For those who disagree with ID, the powerful case Meyer presents cannot be ignored in any honest debate. For those who may be sympathetic to ID, on the fence, or merely curious, this book is an engaging, eye-opening, and often eye-popping read” — American Spectator

Named one of the top books of 2009 by the Times Literary Supplement (London), this controversial and compelling book from Dr. Stephen C. Meyer presents a convincing new case for intelligent design (ID), based on revolutionary discoveries in science and DNA. Along the way, Meyer argues that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as expounded in The Origin of Species did not, in fact, refute ID. If you enjoyed Francis Collins’s The Language of God, you’ll find much to ponder—about evolution, DNA, and intelligent design—in Signature in the Cell.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3748 KB
  • Print Length: 626 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061472794
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (23 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002C949BI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written 11 Sep 2013
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Exactly what I expected and more. Full of facts and knowledge which is what I want. I didn't even have to wait long for it to arrive as it came the next day. Great
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must-read book for everyone 14 Aug 2013
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I suggest this is essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution/intelligent design debate.

For the evolutionist, who claims the theory of evolution is 'science', since any scientific theory must show it is the best of all possible explanations and it cannot possibly be known any theory is the best until a fair look is taken at all the alternatives, here is the perfect book to examine 'the other side'. This book is a thorough explanation of the biggest problem for evolution - the appearance of the first living cell and the complex information within it that enables its existence (without which the process of evolution could never take place).

For those who accept intelligent design, it is a comprehensive explanation of the scientific evidence for this, from a University professor who has spent many years researching and discussing the origin of life with many of the top names from both sides of the debate, in the UK and USA.

For someone unused to reading the technicalities of how a cell is made up and functions, some of it may be heavy going - but most of the explanations are accessible to anyone of average intelligence and the technical sections can be skipped over.

Stephen Meyer gives an interesting insight into the history of how the makeup of the living cell was gradually discovered, and quotes from the latest research in showing the falacies that evolutionists have used in order to prop up this theory, which he shows, step by logical step, to be unscientific and impossible.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the book.

However, there is a big minus!
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43 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written 22 Dec 2009
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I have really enjoyed reading this book.

It is an account of Meyers intellectual journey and why he is convinced of ID.
Sometimes books like this can be difficult to read. This one is not. I found it very enjoyable and his insights facinating.

I have to say that I find his arguments for ID pretty convincing.
I am assuming the one star reviewers either read a different book or maybe (but this couldn't be true could it) have an agenda and a difficult position to defend.

Look out for more so called "junk DNA" turning out to do important things as we learn more...

If you are interested in ID this is a great read.
If you are still making your mind up this is one of the better books on ID.
If you are against ID - then maybe don't bother it will just annoy you, as it's a good well argued reason to accept ID.
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63 of 101 people found the following review helpful
In his recent book Signature In The Cell, Meyer presents a fresh outlook on one of the most compelling facets of the Intelligent Design case- that of biological information in DNA. Meyer provides a lucid and personal account of his own experiences as a scientist and philosopher revealing to the reader the watershed events that led to his move towards the intelligent design alternative.

Meyer's historical overview of the key events that shaped origin-of-life biology is extremely readable and well illustrated. Both the style and the content of his discourse keep the reader focused on the ID thread of reasoning that he gradually develops throughout his book.

Meyer does a marvelous job in conveying the personal tensions that so characterized the DNA story. His extensive coverage of 'turning point' historical moments reveals an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. Like few other scientific discoveries, that of the structure of DNA brought fundamental changes to our understanding of the chemistry of life since life itself could no longer be considered to be a mere product of matter and energy. As Meyer elaborates, information in the form of a DNA code had emerged as the critical player in defining the hereditary makeup of nature.

Meyer fleshes out a cohesive argument for intelligent design garnering support from an extensive body of molecular evidence and expert commentaries. His review of the `chicken and egg' paradox, as relates to the integral interdependencies of molecular systems such as transcription and translation, highlights once more why it is that evolutionary `pie in the sky' assumptions are powerless to explain the origins of critical life processes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Self-Deluding
Lots of interesting information, but nothing new to scientists, who are well aware that although we are as near certain as can be that the diversity of life is the result of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read about DNA and Intelligent Design
I'm not a scientist so I found this quite difficult to read but well worth it. I think it is important to know how we tick and the story of DNA is fascinating. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LizMac60
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Superb!
One of the most concise, accurate and elegantly explained arguments for any point of view at all, let alone its subject matter: Intelligent Design. Read more
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Our family love these documentaries, they are so eye opening. They are are good educational tools too. Worth buying and cheap enough.
Published 17 months ago by MI
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing, paradigm-shifting read.
I read Stephen Meyer's book with mounting astonishment. For me it was a true page-turner since every stage in the argument constituted an illuminating discovery that I had not... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very readable and goes like a history book. It's the story of science and the people behind the science of DNA.
Published 17 months ago by E L R
1.0 out of 5 stars Barely a whimper...
So a bit of background here, Intelligent Design arose from the desire of theists to see creationism taught in schools. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Martin Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the coin
There is a plethora of Atheistic Evolutionary force in print these days, and it was quite refreshing to take a look at someone who doesn't just say.. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Gangsta **
4.0 out of 5 stars What an ID "defender" should have..
If you whant to have something "heavy" to throw on some "fossilized" assumptions, claims or unjustified critics against ID to crumle them then you should have it. Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by Carlo Alberto Cossano
3.0 out of 5 stars Paleys' watch at molecular level
In 1802 the Rev. William Paley, in his book, "Natural Theology", used the watchmaker argument as evidence for a designer (God). Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Eric J. Henderson
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