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Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement

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Evolutionary science lies at the heart of a modern understanding of the natural world. Darwin's theory has withstood 150 years of scientific scrutiny, and today it not only explains the origin and design of living things, but highlights the importance of a scientific understanding in our culture and in our lives.

Recently the movement known as Intelligent Design has attracted the attention of journalists, educators, and legislators. The scientific community is puzzled and saddened by this trend — not only because it distorts modern biology, but also because it diverts people from the truly fascinating ideas emerging from the real science of evolution. Here, join fifteen of our preeminent thinkers whose clear, accessible, and passionate essays reveal the fact and power of Darwin's theory, and the beauty of the scientific quest to understand our world.

Review:

"Writer and editor Brockman (What We Believe but Cannot Prove), who publishes the online magazine Edge, has assembled sixteen short essays by prominent scientists on current thinking about evolution. A few of the contributors, such as Jerry A. Coyne and Daniel C. Dennett, use close readings of Intelligent Design (ID) advocates' claims to argue that ID is a political or ideological movement without scientific legitimacy. These arguments are concise and persuasive, if sometimes familiar; strong evidence and wide acceptance in the scientific community have made evolution central to biology and related branches. The most fresh and interesting essays essentially ignore ID to explore aspects of evolutionary biology, including paleontologist Tim D. White considering evidence for Homo sapiens' evolution, psychologist Steven Pinker on the compatibility of evolution and ethics, and geologist Scott D. Sampson proposing primary science education that links evolution and ecology. As a whole, this sampler makes a powerful cross-discipline case for teaching evolution as an accepted biological consensus — as opposed to 'teaching the debate' — and offers glimpses into how the science behind the theory continues to evolve in a range of fields." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"If the real values of religion and spirituality...are to survive our rising tastes for religious war and destruction, then more than just an elite among us must understand science — and what it yields as description of physical reality through deep time. The more often the small faction of us who read can pause to browse engaging books like Intelligent Thought, the better is the chance that we can stop the impetus of Homo sapiens toward self-destruction." New York Sun

Book News Annotation:

Darwin's theories on evolution are elegant and simple, as are the theories of intelligent design, but which is correct? These 16 distinguished specialists in psychology, evolutionary biology, cognition, philosophy, physics, paleontology, anthropology, engineering and other related fields are firmly convinced that intelligent design is primarily political rather than scientific. They believe it is a tool of religious fundamentalists to interfere in the teaching of science in the classroom, with the very possible threat being that the US will lose its preeminence in science and technology and with it, its dominance of market economies. They describe how intelligent design as a theory is a hoax, that evolution is proved through scientific evidence, that Darwin himself rejected intelligent design, and that the US should take steps to ensure the teaching of evolution as a science, not a theory.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Darwin's theories on evolution are elegant and simple, as are the theories of intelligent design, but which is correct? These 16 distinguished specialists in psychology, evolutionary biology, cognition, philosophy, physics, paleontology, anthropology, engineering and other related fields are firmly convinced that intelligent design is primarily political rather than scientific. They believe it is a tool of religious fundamentalists to interfere in the teaching of science in the classroom, with the very possible threat being that the US will lose its preeminence in science and technology and with it, its dominance of market economies. They describe how intelligent design as a theory is a hoax, that evolution is proved through scientific evidence, that Darwin himself rejected intelligent design, and that the US should take steps to ensure the teaching of evolution as a science, not a theory. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In reverence to the force of scientific truth, join fifteen preeminent thinkers whose clear, accessible, and passionate essays reveal the fact and power of evolution, and the beauty of the scientific endeavor.

About the Author

John Brockman is a writer, agent, and publisher of Edge, the "Third Culture" website (www.edge.org), the forum for leading scientists and thinkers to share their research with the general public. He is the author of By The Late John Brockman and The Third Culture and has edited several previous anthologies including The Next Fifty Years, Curious Minds, and My Einstein. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

John Brockman Introduction

Jerry A. Coyne Intelligent Design: The Faith That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Leonard Susskind The Good Fight

Daniel C. Dennett The Hoax of Intelligent Design and How It Was Perpetuated

Nicholas Humphrey Consciousness: The Achilles Heel of Darwinism? Thank God, Not Quite

Tim D. White Human Evolution: The Evidence

Neil H. Shubin The “Great” Transformation

Richard Dawkins Intelligent Aliens

Frank J. Sulloway Why Darwin Rejected Intelligent Design

Scott Atran Unintelligent Design

Steven Pinker Evolution and Ethics

Lee Smolin Darwinism All the Way Down

Stuart A. Kauffman Intelligent Design, Science or Not?

Seth Lloyd How Smart Is the Universe?

Lisa Randall Designing Words

Marc D. Hauser Parental Guidance Required

Scott D. Sampson Evoliteracy

Appendix Excerpt from the Memorandum Opinion of The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, December 20, 2005

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277220
Author:
Brockman, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Editor:
Brockman, John, Ed.
Editor:
Brockman, John, Ed.
Author:
edited by John Brockman
Author:
Brockman, John, Ed.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Intelligent design (Teleology)
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
evolution;science;religion;intelligent design;essays;non-fiction;creationism;biology;atheism;skepticism;philosophy;politics;pseudoscience
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Original
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.01 x 0.7 in 0.63 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Writer and editor Brockman (What We Believe but Cannot Prove), who publishes the online magazine Edge, has assembled sixteen short essays by prominent scientists on current thinking about evolution. A few of the contributors, such as Jerry A. Coyne and Daniel C. Dennett, use close readings of Intelligent Design (ID) advocates' claims to argue that ID is a political or ideological movement without scientific legitimacy. These arguments are concise and persuasive, if sometimes familiar; strong evidence and wide acceptance in the scientific community have made evolution central to biology and related branches. The most fresh and interesting essays essentially ignore ID to explore aspects of evolutionary biology, including paleontologist Tim D. White considering evidence for Homo sapiens' evolution, psychologist Steven Pinker on the compatibility of evolution and ethics, and geologist Scott D. Sampson proposing primary science education that links evolution and ecology. As a whole, this sampler makes a powerful cross-discipline case for teaching evolution as an accepted biological consensus — as opposed to 'teaching the debate' — and offers glimpses into how the science behind the theory continues to evolve in a range of fields." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "If the real values of religion and spirituality...are to survive our rising tastes for religious war and destruction, then more than just an elite among us must understand science — and what it yields as description of physical reality through deep time. The more often the small faction of us who read can pause to browse engaging books like Intelligent Thought, the better is the chance that we can stop the impetus of Homo sapiens toward self-destruction."
"Synopsis" by , In reverence to the force of scientific truth, join fifteen preeminent thinkers whose clear, accessible, and passionate essays reveal the fact and power of evolution, and the beauty of the scientific endeavor.
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