The Triumph of Evolution: And the Failure of Creationism

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Macmillan, 2001 - 224 páginas
Why is there still so much anti-evolution sentiment in the United States at the start of the Third Millennium? Why does the debate that began in 1859, when Charles Darwin successfully established the study of evolution, still rage in 2000? How can America tolerate the continued attack by conservative elements within the Judeo-Christian tradition on the quality of science education when science and its technological offshoots are so essential to our future well being and prosperity?

Niles Eldredge, a leading expert on evolution and the diversity of life, has studied creationism and debated creationists for over two decades. Now, in The Triumph of Evolution, he presents the most up-to-date examination of the creation-evolution confrontation available. In this incisive narrative, he reveals the creationists' basic argument and their strategies for advancing it--including the recent attack on "philosophical naturalism" and emphasis on models of "intelligent design" by creationist Phillip Johnson and his colleagues. He also counters the charges that the study of evolution cannot be scientific or that it leads to the demise of family, religion, and traditional values.

The Triumph of Evolution counters all these arguments with a simple overview of the evolutionary process--and a ringing declaration of the scientific nature of the study of evolution. Eldredge disavows the ongoing dissonance between science and religion and seeks instead a resonance in the pressing issue of catastrophic species loss on Earth. It is a problem that can be solved only if science and the adherents of the world's religious traditions pool their understanding, knowledge, and resources together. Ultimately, The Triumph of Evolution challenges all of us to leave the stale debates of the nineteenth century to confront the vital problems of the next century.
 

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This book is a well written argument on behalf of Neo-Darwinism against Creationism. It deals with Intelligence Design theory in passing, but given its date of publication, 2000, the author does not ... Leer comentario completo

The triumph of evolution: and the failure of creationism

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Though the scientific debate between evolution and creation was decided in evolution's favor before the end of the 19th century, creationists and anti-evolutionists are currently making significant ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

In The Beginning Religion Science and Politics
8
Telling the Difference Science as a Way of Knowing
20
The Fossil Record Evidence of the Evolutionary History of Life
32
What Drives Evolution? The Evolution of Evolutionary Theory
62
Creationists Attack I Scientific Style and Notions of Time
90
Creationists Attack II The Origin and History of Life
118
Can We Afford a Culture War?
148
Creationism as Theater
172
The National Center for Education
176
Seven Significant Court Decisions on the Issue of Evolution versus Creationism
182
Notes
186
Bibliography
210
Acknowledgments
217
Index
218
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Niles Eldredge is a Curator in the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, where he has worked as an active research paleontologist since 1969. He is the author of 20 books and more than 200 research papers, including several with Stephen Jay Gould announcing the theory of punctuated equilibria. He speaks regularly on aspects of evolutionary theory and biodiversity issues.

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