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on 5 February 2009
I find it refreshing that Behe avoids the extreme dogmatism at both ends of the evolution/creation debate. He is a scientist, and approaches the topic in a scientific manner, by working within what is known and can observed to be fact.

For the open minded, this book is definitely worth reading. For the lay person (like myself), it will greatly enhance one's understanding and appreciation of how living organisms function. By means of well chosen illustrations and argument, biological systems (glibly glossed over by some) are shown to present the evolutionary theory with all sorts of problems.

Behe also takes the opportunity to answer crticisms levelled at his previous publication (Darwin's Black Box).

Behe is non-comital on the identity of a Creator, which no doubt is viewed as a weakness by evolutionists and creationists alike. But if you wish to be informed, not preached at, then read this book.
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on 26 May 2014
Only 4 stars here because, like any " proceedings" book it's a collection of talks and presentations so it lacks the spontaneity of material written specifically to be read. HOWEVER what the material has to say about recent developments in ID theory and its application to the idea of random evolution by undirected force or forces is thought - provoking and so it's well worth reading ... It's the sort of book I read with a pencil in my hand so I can mark bits I want to go back to and check things out ( and when you DO check things ... they are right ! )
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on 15 June 2009
An excellent book which needs to be read slowly, considered thoughtfully, and digested. Some superb analogues are used by the different writers of this text.
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on 2 May 2001
This is a collection of densely argued papers by three leading figures in the (non-'creationist') Intelligent Design Movement (Dembski, Behe & Meyer) which constitutes a high level and cutting edge overview of this exciting new scientific research project. The esteemed authors explain and defend several modern arguments for the conclusion that life is the product of intelligent design, with reference to 'specified complexity', 'irreducible complexity' and the fine tuning of the universe as an example of specified complexity. They also respond to their critics. No one interested in design, whether pro or anti, can afford to ignore the arguments of the Intelligent Design Movement, and this volume represents, in short compas, perhaps the best overview of Intelligent Design currently available.
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on 24 September 2016
A must read for ALL those who accept "ID" as fact"
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on 24 February 2013
Must get video if you are interested in this sort of thing. Kids will love to watch this too. Educational.
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on 17 April 2007
This is a reheat of a number of papers that students of this field will be familiar with. The pseudoscientific fallacies regarding "irreducible complexity" are dusted down and paraded, and the authors do attempt to quote opponents, though not always in context, or indeed, to the point. For completists only.
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on 25 April 2007
INTELLIGENT DESIGN CREATIONISM

This book is an excellent example of "Chariots of the Gods" and other speculations about the presence and/or influence of ETs in the history and developments of our planet -- except for the fact it clearly contains statements that squarely put it in the realm of Biblical Creationism. Not I, but a pro-ID Creationist reviewer (A Review of Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe By Zach Stearns June 27, 2005) states:

"Finally, a short essay penned by both Meyer and Dembski concludes the compilation; this piece simply argues that the Christian doctrine of divine Creation may be the most causally adequate explanation of the Big Bang. It is not proving that the Big Bang implies a supernatural creator, as some critics suggest; the authors merely assert that it is the best explanation given the knowledge we have and the opposing, naturalist possibilities."

However they try to disguise it, IDC is not science but the efforts of individuals with questionable motives to sustain the ancient fables-based concept that superior, extraterrestrial intelligence(s) were responsible for our existence and the existence of the entire Cosmos.

Heraclitus of Ephesus refuted them some 2600 years ago when he wrote that the Cosmos was created by no man or god but it forever was, is now, and forever will be an "Everliving Fire".

Which is also what the late great Carl Sagan expressed when he wrote:

"The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be."

It is a process through which all things flow and evolve, are constantly formed and transformed, from clusters of galactic superclusters to planets and molecules, as well as intelligent beings which do not create, but are created by the process.
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