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Design, by definition, is the product of intelligence. That Shermer is just pandering to conservatives is revealed by his equation of natural selection with the invisible hand of the free market. The paradox of nature is that complexity is way more efficient than simplicity. But then, why bother making room for memory, intelligence, purpose, character, the unconscious or self-existence when the blind machinery of chromosomes, neurons and natural selection can account for it all?

But this is colloquial speech, not proper, scientific usage. A tornado, for example, serves to eliminate the temperature gradient between warm air near the ground and cold air above. Freeman and Company, That both views might be wrong never enters his mind. According to the mathematics of combinatorics, the number of letters the monkey would probably have to type before getting it right is 26 Yes, folks, the triumph of evolution over creationism proves that capitalism is superior to planned economies.

Though development from michae egg is crsationist believed to be the automated processing of a genetic blueprint or recipe, no testable hypothesis has ever been proposed that could either verify or falsify this proposition.

It is also available at www7. Whether by the hand of God or the conveyor belt of mutation-selection, we are passive products of design rather than living expressions of a genuinely natural, self-propelling evolution. Perhaps the collective memory by which our bodies form is itself holistic.

Other Resources for Defending Evolution – Scientific American

Though species-specific memory has long been thought to be encoded in genes, the only thing we know for sure about DNA is that it distinguishes individuals, not that it provides the general template of a species. Funny how the religious worldview seamlessly blends with the new paradigm.


He may not have invented the machine fetish of modern biology, but nobody strokes that sprocket better than Shermer.

The whole point of science is that nature is best understood on its own terms, not according to human concepts such as imagination or design. Though it may be convenient to speak in terms of design, organisms are in no way designed objects. Offering resources for combating misinformation and monitoring antievolution legislation, it is ideal for staying current with the ongoing public debate. The accompanying book, Evolutionby Carl Zimmer HarperCollins,is also useful for explaining evolution to doubters.

It offers detailed discussions some of which may be too sophisticated for casual readers and bibliographies relating to virtually any objection to evolution that creationists might raise. Just as planetary orbits reveal action at a distance over space, organisms, according to Elsasser, reveal action at a distance over time. Even worse, Shermer insists on applying this term to evolution. This gap will ultimately disappear anyway, but a tornado wipes it out a lot faster and with a lot more flair.

Intelligent design trumps mindless design. This well-researched refutation of creationist claims deals in more depth with many of the same scientific arguments raised here, as well as other philosophical problems. For anyone who wishes to understand the “intelligent design” controversy in detail, this book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues.

Edited by Robert T. The center is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of evolution against creationist attacks. Nature is what comes naturally, after all, as opposed to the preordained outcome of an intentional program.

Like a pocket of warm air, a concentration of energy will eventually dissipate on its own, but a complex system naturally pops into being because it does the job so much better. The implication, literally centuries out of date, is that causation is natural only if it involves material contact. The idea of invoking a general principle of nature, such as holistic memory, to provide for a reasonable biology is simply unfathomable, though of course this is precisely how science has progressed for centuries.

Biologists are typically well aware of this fact, and a few, including Stephen Jay Gould, have confessed to it in print. National Center for Science Education Web site www.

Other Resources for Defending Evolution

Though the computer hard drive is often taken as a model for genes and brains as information storage devices, uow the memory of life is not artificial but natural. Shermer likes to point out that a scientific theory requires a mystery. Sign up for our email newsletter.


It has a particular form characteristic of its kind, and this form is retained from generation to generation. This concise booklet has the backing of the country’s top scientific authorities.

Yet evolution is best understood as the multi-generational self-creation of species in the process of intelligently exploiting environmental opportunities. It, too, uses a question-and-answer format that creationkst be particularly valuable for teachers. In his dual roles of publisher Skeptic magazine and pundit primarily for Scientific AmericanShermer often points sherner that science is not so much a set of beliefs as a method. But this is shemer not the case, particularly in regard to the question of how an organism unfolds from embryo to adult.

DNA is no more responsible for building organisms than dust is responsible for building tornados. Natural selection operates according to the immediate demands of the local environment, not some far-off goal. Why, anything creationism can do, evolution can do blindfolded!

The author, a leading contributor to evolution cfeationist and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, offers a scathing critique of evolution’s opponents. Produced as a companion to the seven-part television series Evolution, this site is an enjoyable guide to evolutionary science. Although its goal of making a clear, brief statement necessarily limits the detail with which it can pursue its arguments, the publication serves as handy proof that the scientific establishment unwaveringly supports evolution.

Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics.

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fo Whether living or only lifelike, dynamic systems are holistic, shaped by energy flows rather than their constituent molecules. An organism is not some generic complex system. See, even the scientific types call it design! This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution.