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In this provocative history of contemporary debates over evolution, veteran journalist Tom Bethell depicts Darwin's theory as a 19th-century idea past its prime, propped up by logical fallacies, bogus claims, and empirical evidence that is all but disintegrating under an onslaught of new scientific discoveries. Bethell presents a concise yet wide-ranging tour of the flash points of modern evolutionary theory, investigating controversies over common descent, natural selection, the fossil record, biogeography, information theory, evolutionary psychology, artificial intelligence, and the growing intelligent design movement. 

Bethell's account is enriched by his own personal encounters with of some of our era's leading scientists and thinkers, including Harvard biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin; British paleontologist Colin Patterson; and renowned philosopher of science Karl Popper.

©2019 Tom Bethell (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • CKDexter
  • 11-11-19

Mostly great

This is an overview of the current state of the debate. Therefore, it has strengths and weaknesses of such a format. Beginning was slow and I wasn’t sure I was going to finish. But after about 45 minutes in, clarity of writing improved. Some points made after the halfway mark are quite fresh and thought-provoking, even to someone who has followed this debate for many years. Highly recommend.

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  • Brendan Smith
  • 02-02-21

Well done. Simple and straightforward

Clearly outlines some of the problems of Darwinism. While it doesn't offer an alternative explanation for life on the planet, it goes a long way to demonstrate the sheer unlikelihood of random action over time being the sole cause of biological life. The author does a good job of citing work done in the fields of chemistry, physiology, biology, archeology and statistical probability. I found it compelling.

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  • Ken Regan
  • 15-10-19

Darwinism is NOT EVEN REMOTELY Possible!

I purchased the Kindle Version with Audible Feature included at NO extra charge (free). The 'Theory Of Evolution' is and always has been a tall tale (actually an out and out lie) & absolute rubbish.

Any way it's sliced, like the title implies, it is based on a HOUSE OF CARDS that is easily knocked over once the real evidence is considered instead of the hype.

Do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book! Tell others that you love and care about. You will be VERY happy you did!!

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  • Phillip Walker
  • 31-07-19

Informative work.

Reveals the fragile nature of the idea of macro-evolution proposed by Charles Darwin many years ago. We now know that macro-evolution has not been observed in the laboratory nor in the fossil record. We also now know that our genomes are deteriorating with each new generation, not improving as we would expect in the materialist neo-darwinian worldview.

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  • S. Day
  • 27-04-21

Good, but not what I'd use to prove ID is true

This was a very interesting listen, and offered a rare window into the holes in the narrative of evolutionism. The focus of the book is primarily to expose the philosophical problems with evolution. While it does delve into more substantial claims, I think there are better books to read that focus entirely on those matters. All in all, this is a book you ca appreciate as a creationist, but that wouldn't convince many evolutionists that their theory is wrong.

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  • Marissa
  • 28-03-21

Great narrator

The narrator gets 10/10 and the book itself gets 10/10. Great dispute, very informative, even for a beginner who is unfamiliar with the subject. You should still be able to keep up and get the points made and arguments for and against Darwinism. It did a great job of staying unbiased about religion. It gave all facts and ideas as they exist

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  • Lyla
  • 16-12-20

Fantastically researched and super great logic! A+

Absolutely loved this book! This is super well researched and I loved the chapter about AI. I didn't expect to learn about AI but the line "Machines are great at doing what we program them to do and nothing else" hit home. It's 100% true. AI doesn't learn it only does what people tell it and respond the way its programmed to with the inputs given by people. Super good book and worth reading again!!

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  • quatorze
  • 05-08-19

Enlightening look at a Quasi-Science.

A journalist looks at various strands of the Darwin debate since publication of "On the Origin of Species." Intelligent Design theory of course is one such strand. Clearly written and easy to follow in audio form.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-19

No nono let me out of hear please please

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