Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

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Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

Format:  Hardcover,

498 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9780062071477

ISBN-10: 0062071475

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Charles Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the "Cambrian explosion," 530 million years ago 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 also because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the theory of intelligent design--which holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection--is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9780062071477
ISBN-10: 0062071475
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 498
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.0 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Meyer, Stephen C.

Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture (CSC) and a founder of the intelligent design movement and of the CSC. Dr. Meyer is a Cambridge University-trained philosopher of science, the author of peer-reviewed publications in technical, scientific, philosophical and other books and journals. His signal contribution to I'd theory is given most fully in Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, published by HarperOne in June 2009. Meyer graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, in 1981 with a degree in physics and earth science.

He later became a geophysicist with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Dallas, Texas working in digital signal processing and seismic survey interpretation. As a Rotary International Scholar, he received his training in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University, earning a PhD in 1991. He returned to Whitworth College in 1990 to teach philosophy. He left Whitworth in 2002, giving up a tenured position, to found and direct the CSC at Discovery Institute.

Meyer's many other publications include a contribution to, and the editing of, the peer-reviewed volume Darwinism, Design and Public Education (Michigan State University Press, 2004) and the innovative textbook Explore Evolution (Hill House Publishers, 2007). He is also the author of New York Times bestseller Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design HaperOne June 2013. Meyer has been widely featured in media appearance on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, PBS, and the BBC. In 2008, he appeared with Ben Stein in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. He's also featured prominently in two other science documentaries, Icons of Evolution and Unlocking The Mystery of Life.

Chapter outline

Prologue
The Mystery of the Missing Fossils
Darwin's Nemesis
The Burgess Bestiary
Soft Bodies and Hard Facts
The Not Missing Fossils?
The Genes Tell the Story?
The Animal Tree of Life
Punk Eek!
How to Build an Animal
The Cambrian Information Explosion
Combinatorial Inflation
The Origin of Genes and Proteins
Assume a Gene
Complex Adaptations and the Neo-Darwinian Math
The Origin of Body Plans
The Epigenetic Revolution
After Darwin, What?
The Post-Darwinian World and Self-Organization
Other Post-Neo-Darwinian Models
The Possibility of Intelligent Design
Signs of Design in the Cambrian Explosion
The Rules of Science
What's at Stake
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Credits and Permissions
Index

Book description

Charles Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the "Cambrian explosion, " 530 million years ago 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 also because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the theory of intelligent design—which holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection—is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals.

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