Why Darwin Matters


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Why Darwin Matters

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Ago 19, 2006, 4:14 pm

Just want to give a plug for a new book by Micheal Shermer titled, Why Darwin Matters: the Case Against Intelligent Design. Shermer's books are typically lucid and thoughtful, and for anyone wanting to read books that explain evolution or arguments for it, Shermer provides a good place to begin. This is not a book I think for those who are already well read on the subject.

I'd be interested in reading and discussing this new book with others.

Editado: Ago 20, 2006, 6:14 pm

The opinion in the Dover, PA case (Case 4:04-cv-02688-JEJ) involving ID makes excellent reading on this topic. It's available in PDF form at:


The opinion focuses on the issue at hand--whether the Dover, PA school boad violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. But the judge provides a lucid review of opposition to Darwinian theory and patiently and clearly demolishes the underpinnings of ID. For example, the judge provides a history of the ID movement beginning on page 24.

I enjoy Michael Shermer's books. But this is one (ahem) case where primary sources are especially illuminating and useful.

Editado: Out 8, 2006, 9:26 am

This is really worth working your way through.

Fascinating insight into not only the argument but the US legal system as well.

Thanks for the tip.

Nov 15, 2007, 6:27 pm

The latest program from Nova on PBS is Intelligent Design on Trial. It's a very well-done (if a bit depressing) report on the Dover, PA case.

You can learn more about the program on its Web site:


Dez 22, 2007, 12:27 pm

I just finished Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul by Edward Humes. It's a riveting account of the events leading up to Kitzmiller v. Dover and the trial itself.

It's essential reading on the subject, and I especially recommend the Epilogue.