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The whole point of science is that nature is best understood on its own terms, not according to human concepts such as imagination or design. That both views might be wrong never enters jichael mind. Nature is what comes naturally, after all, as opposed to the preordained outcome of an intentional program.

This well-researched refutation of creationist claims deals in more depth with many of the same scientific arguments raised here, as well as other philosophical problems. Yes, folks, the triumph of evolution over creationism proves that capitalism is superior to planned economies.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution

The implication, literally centuries out of date, is that causation is natural only if it involves material contact.

Intelligent design trumps mindless design.

To embrace science, it seems, we must give up all sense of meaning. Produced as a companion to the seven-part television series Evolution, this site is an enjoyable guide to evolutionary science. Though development from the egg is generally believed to be the automated processing of a genetic blueprint or recipe, no testable hypothesis has ever been hhow that could either verify or falsify this proposition.


DNA is no more responsible for building organisms than dust is responsible for building tornados. The accompanying book, Evolutionby Carl Zimmer HarperCollins,is also useful for explaining evolution to doubters. The paradox of nature is that complexity is way more efficient than simplicity. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Shermer treats the ostensible subject of Why Darwin Matters like a child, that is, to be seen and not heard.

PBS Web site for evolution www.

In the muddled mind of Michael Shermer, the clash of evolution and creationism boils down to a dispute between natural design and artificial design. But then, why bother making room for memory, intelligence, purpose, character, the unconscious or self-existence when the blind machinery of chromosomes, neurons and natural selection can account for it all?

How to Debate a Creationist: But why should biologists propose fundamental principles when life is not subject to its own laws apart from those of nature-at-large? He may not have invented the machine fetish of modern biology, but nobody strokes that sprocket better than Shermer.

Natural selection operates according to the immediate demands of the local environment, not some far-off goal. But this is colloquial speech, not proper, scientific usage. According to the mathematics of combinatorics, the number of letters the monkey would probably have to type before getting it right is 26 The center is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of evolution against creationist attacks.

Fo meaning of memory is that causation can operate from the deep past as well as the immediate past. creatioonist

Other Resources for Defending Evolution – Scientific American

Alters and Sandra M. This gap will ultimately disappear anyway, but a tornado wipes it out a lot faster and with a lot more flair. Though the computer hard drive is often taken as a model for genes and brains as information storage devices, surely the memory of life is not artificial but natural. Edited by Robert T. Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. Ot Center for Science Education Web site www.


National Academy Press, The author, a leading contributor to evolution theory and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, offers a scathing critique of evolution’s opponents. A View from the National Academy of Creatlonist. This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution.

It has a particular form characteristic of its kind, and this form is retained from generation to generation.

Though it may be convenient to speak in terms of design, organisms are in no way designed objects. Freeman x Company, See, even the scientific types call it design! Yet evolution is best understood as the multi-generational self-creation of species in the process of intelligently exploiting environmental opportunities.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution » Skeptical About Skeptics

Whether by the hand of God or the conveyor belt of mutation-selection, we are passive products of design rather than living expressions of a genuinely natural, self-propelling evolution.

Shermer likes to point out that a scientific theory requires a mystery. It features multimedia tools for teaching evolution. But this is clearly not the case, particularly in regard to the question of how an organism unfolds creationistt embryo to adult.