Icons of Evolution

  • by Jonathan Wells
  • Narrated by Barry Campbell
  • 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.
The best-known "icons" of evolution - from pictures of apes evolving into humans, to comparisons of fish and human embryos, to moths on tree trunks - are false or misleading. For decades, biology students have been taught things about evolution that are simply untrue.
These icons of evolution appear even in the most recent textbooks, although the scientific literature is full of evidence that they are false. Apparently, dogmatic promoters of Darwinian evolution fear that without these icons, public faith in their claims will disappear, so they knowingly misinform our children and suppress scientific evidence.

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Wow, this provides info that I hadn't heard before

I just finished two books about the history of everything and the other on human anthropology. After reading this book, I feel like a fair amount of the theory in the others aren't quite as certain as they claim. A must read for those reading biology and evolution theory.
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- David

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Any book about evolution is going to be politically charged, something the author actually indicates throughout the book. If you are someone who "believes" that evolution is completely true, I imagine that they most likely will not read this book and may even vote it down without ever listening/reading a single word. If you "believe" that evolution is untrue, or not a complete fact there will be many instances where they will find themselves agreeing with the author - and I imagine that is who the book is primarily intended for. There are not many (if any) neutral opinions on the subject, but the author does a great job just talking about evolution and the issues surrounding it, without any "extra" discussion into "ID" or any other theories. For those that are actually trying to make up their minds I would give the following advice: As there are no truly neutral opinions I would recommend getting this book and listening to it after listening to the Great Courses lecture entitled "Evolution: A History of Controversy" (which the title is not completely accurate, that Great Course actually only talks about the history of evolution and does not even touch on any of the points Jonathon Wells goes over here) and then perhaps listen to at least 2 other books arguing on opposite sides of this debate (i.e. one pro-evolution and one ID book). No one book is ever going to cover the topic thoroughly enough, but Jonathon Wells does a very good job highlighting the problems that the most prominent examples of evolution have. His reasoning is sound, his points are easy to follow, and he is very open about his background (my opinion is if you can't disclose information about yourself you are hiding something for gain). For anyone interested in learning about evolution or in a debate about evolution I highly recommend this book.


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- Christoph L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2012
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing