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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read spoiled
The message contained in this book is a potential blockbuster - as a genetic Scientist Sanford systematically collapses the "primary axiom" at the foundation of the "modern synthesis" by demonstrating that genetic mutations cannot give rise to the "novelty" so central to evolutionary theory. Rather than gruadual progress over time, species "decay" by loss of information...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Refutes evolution?
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"Dr. John Sanford, a retired Cornell Professor, shows in Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome that the "Primary Axiom" is false. The Primary Axiom is the foundational evolutionary premise - that life is merely the result of mutations and natural selection. "

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read spoiled, 5 April 2007
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E. D. Barnes (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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The message contained in this book is a potential blockbuster - as a genetic Scientist Sanford systematically collapses the "primary axiom" at the foundation of the "modern synthesis" by demonstrating that genetic mutations cannot give rise to the "novelty" so central to evolutionary theory. Rather than gruadual progress over time, species "decay" by loss of information caused by near-neutral mutations, where extinction is the only possibly outcome.

Unfortunately the author's writing style would benefit from more competent review and editing. While he uses over-simplified analogies to explain arcane points, his prose is often turgid and technical terms frequently arrive unannounced. Fortunately many of the arguments are presented afresh in a series of appendices which I found clearer and more understandable. A glossary and index would be helpful.

Despite these weaknesses, I would recommend this book as a challenge to those who believe Richard Dawkins represents the Ultimate Authority on Life On Earth, The Universe And Everywhere Else. Sanford gets on a bus and drives it through Dawkins theoretical constructs - although the latter is notoriously quiet on this subject. Is Dawkins unaware of these challenges or does he choose to ignore them?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Refutes evolution?, 29 Jun 2014
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"Dr. John Sanford, a retired Cornell Professor, shows in Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome that the "Primary Axiom" is false. The Primary Axiom is the foundational evolutionary premise - that life is merely the result of mutations and natural selection. "

I have to laugh, as that is not the primary axiom of evolution. And evolution isn't some philosophical argument built from axioms anyway, it's a sound scientific theory that is a result of the evidence we find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,, 28 Oct 2010
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Well researched, analysed, suitably heavy in parts but conceptually understandable. Fundamentally important if you want to understand genetic information, where it might have come from and were its heading.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but spoiled by religion., 30 Dec 2008
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E.D.Barnes' review is spot on.

Scientifically, this book makes sense, and should be a powerful challenger, and a world-changer.

Unfortunately, it was ruined by Sanford adding his own doom-and-gloom eschatology (we're all going to die of genetic meltdown, and even genetic engineering cant fix us). I think that this is wrong theologically (doesnt fit with Romans 8:20-22, for example). But the worst thing is that he regards it as an unavoidable consequene of his scientific arguments, which it is not. But surely the whole point is that intelligence can do things that degradative evolution cant, and we are intelligent. I doubt that it is beyond us to prevent genetic meltdown, although it will help when we start acknowledging it was designed, and has a particular specification that we can repair.

So this book has "fundamentalist" written all over it. Which is a shame. It needs to be re-editted. There are sometimes good reasons for separating science and religion in academic discourse (although not absolutely, of course). This should not have been an evangelistic tract, but it is.
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