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Publisher's Summary

When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the "Cambrian explosion", many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.
In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life - a mystery that has intensified not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information - stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells - to building animal forms.
Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

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©2013 Stephen C. Meyer (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Monty on 02-02-17

Intelligently "Design-ates" The Blind Watchmaker an antiquated philosophy.

Having now listened to Dawkins' Blind Watchmaker as well as MEYERS' Signature in the Cell and Darwin's Doubt I am convinced the latter has the more scientifically compelling argument. Very enlightening!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Justin M on 11-28-17

Resonance aplenty. Bereft of factual value.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Creationists and ID sympathizers who want to think their ideas have scientific merit. Also, people who are new to intelligent design and want to understand how deep that rabbit hole goes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narration is impeccable. I've never heard better.

Any additional comments?

Meyer spends half the book attacking versions of evolutionary theory that have been superseded (one would do well to ask why he does this). Then he gives a slap-dash survey of more modern ideas, to which he apparently has no significant criticisms that aren't reducible to the standard set of creationist fallacies. Every chapter is shot through with misrepresentations, misunderstandings, and failures of reasoning; the pace at which they come is slow but steady at first, accelerating after the halfway mark and reaching a fever pitch by the end. Meyer's great depth and breadth of knowledge, and his capacity for a high level of rigor, are on full display -- but he applies those assets with such caprice that the overall effect amounts to little more than a simulation of madness. Most of his substantive claims about biology can't stand up to 5 minutes of Googling -- which isn't a surprise given that he has no credentials in any relevant field.

If you're a creationist or ID sympathizer looking for resonance in an ostensibly scientific volume, this book is as good as it gets. If you're hoping to be informed about biology and evolution, this book is worse than useless.

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By craig on 03-10-18

A very comprehensive book

A great read and a solid argument based of undeniable facts. It's well put together fully covering all the evidence and theories that try to explain it with a logical and scientific approach

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Whalley on 02-19-18

Neo Darwinism as faith without evidence

I can't understand that the writer is so fair and comprehensively puts the case for Neo Darwinism and then devastating shows that it takes great faith to continue in that belief due to the lack of genuine evidence and impossible probabilities.

Not a light read, but essential reading for new biologists to save them wasting their career researching a failing theory.

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By Paul A. Newcombe on 02-08-18

Excellent

Very detailed. Very evidence-based. Very compelling. I’m currently reading it again, this time I’m making some summary notes.

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