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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this garbage, 9 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing (Paperback) (Paperback)
Just read the first page, courtesy of Amazon (but go spend your money on something good). It is simply awful. Of course it is true that no natural scientist can give you a piece-by-piece _complete_ explanation of the evolution of any species. But if that is your criterion of adequacy, it renders any scientific explanation impossible. After all, no physicist could _completely_ explain the movement of a cricket ball: it's just too messy.

And it is simply false that there is no detailed account of actual evolutionary processes (of which natural selection is only one), unless, again, by 'detailed' you mean 'complete'.

The only relevant argument against 'Darwinism' (this locution is objectionable also: it makes it seem like the thousands of very intelligent, highly-skilled biologists out there are merely members of some cult!) is whether there is, in principle, any reason why some natural functioning is beyond the purview of explanatory theory. If the paradigm looks to have the resources to deal with any potential functioning, no matter how complex, then it really does provide a far more satisfactory explanation than the notion of design.

I'm sorry, but if you're looking for reasons to believe what you want to believe, you'd be better off just sticking your fingers in your ears or maintain that God sent Darwin here to test your faith, and whilst evolutionary theory appears to be incredibly explanatorily powerful, this is just because God wanted to make sure you weren't going to let a few facts interfere with your prejudices.
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2007 02:06:26 GMT
Mb Awan says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2008 16:25:33 BDT
Fred Bones says:
I'm a Christian (not a materialist zealot - presumably the direct opposite) but I disagree with your comment and fully support the reviewer.

Posted on 29 Sep 2010 14:34:32 BDT
OK, the first comment here is indisputably and wholly unnecessarily rude. But I'm afraid I found little or nothing to praise or even agree with in the review or Mr Bones' support for the review.

Mr Potter says:

"... it makes it seem like the thousands of very intelligent, highly-skilled biologists out there are merely members of some cult!"

But if this is unacceptable, why is it not equally unacceptable to claim that billions of Christians heve, over the last two millenia, be witless fools in slavery to some nonsensical myth? Since this is most certainly the tone adopted by people such as Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins.

Likewise I find Mr Potter's opening jibe quite meaningless:

"Just read the first page ... It is simply awful.

I have read a couple of "first pages" - both in the Introduction and in the first chapter, but I cannot find anything that comes anywhere near being "simply awful".

To put it simply, if people like Richard Dawkins insist on presenting their case for evolution as though it were a totally done deal, then likeminded people should not be surprised if other people take them at their word.

Likewise much of this review is itself little more than an ad hominem attack attack on anyone who dares to question evolutionism/Darwinism - two powerful religions, or just different faces of one religion? - and Mr Potter would have to be naive in the extreme to think that no one would take offence.

Or in appropriately (?) religious terms: As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Personally I found this review confused and bigoted and it did nothing whatever to help me to decide whether the book was worth reading or not.
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