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  •  Review of the Book Darwin's Doubt (2+ / 0-)
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    There is a 2013 book by Meyer called Darwin's Doubt -- Intelligent Design is obsessed with Darwin despite him being long dead -- that covers the same material. Here's a review in the journal Science by the Director of the Museum of Paleontology at UCB.

    Meyer's book ends with a heart-warming story of his normally fearless son losing his orientation on the impressive scree slopes that cradle the Burgess Shale, the iconic symbol of the Cambrian explosion, and his need to look back to his father for security. I was puzzled: why the parable in a book ostensibly about philosophy and science? Then I realized that the book's subtext is to provide solace to those who feel their faith undermined by secular society and by science in particular. If the reviews on Amazon.com are any indication, it is achieving that goal. But when it comes to explaining the Cambrian explosion, Darwin's Doubt is compromised by Meyer's lack of scientific knowledge, his “god of the gaps” approach, and selective scholarship that appears driven by his deep belief in an explicit role of an intelligent designer in the history of life.

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