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oldmanintheskydidntdoit



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,04:20   

Amazingly Casey Luskin has reviewed it on Amazon!
 
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Well Designed Comprehensive Treatment of ID for Any Reader
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For the ID-guru, Design of Life covers many hot topics. This includes a lucid explanation of the integrated, unevolvable complexity in the neck of the giraffe, a potent critique of the alleged transition from reptiles to mammals, and a critical analysis of the evidence used to support the hypothesis that whales evolved from land-mammals. The advanced reader will devour the General Notes, which expose the bankruptcy of Darwinist attacks on Stephen Meyer's article "The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories" and also explain why Darwinists have thus far failed to explain the evolution of the bacterial flagellum.
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I don't review every ID book that comes out, but I felt compelled to review "The Design of Life" because it will be a groundbreaking book for intelligent design, and I think people should know about it. But I should state that I work at the Discovery Institute, where the authors Jonathan Wells and William Dembski are Senior Fellows. Please realize that this review fully represents my personal viewpoint, and I write this as one who has graduate degrees in both science and law. Nonetheless, I feel it's only fair for the sake of disclosure and honesty that I say who I am as a reviewer.

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The book apparently includes this classic line
 
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"[e]xplanations that call on intelligent causes require no miracles but cannot be reduced to materialistic explanations."


Well, I'm convinced!

  
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,04:31   

Well done, Oldman.  I had just been reading the comments at Amazon, and headed back here to start a thread.

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"[e]xplanations that call on intelligent causes require no miracles but cannot be reduced to materialistic explanations."


Wow, I'd really like to see the explanation for that.

I haven't read it and doubt I could justify spending the money, but just for fun has anyone checked to see if "creationists" has completed its directed evolution to "design proponents" yet, or is it still in its transitional "cdesign proponentsists" form?

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N.Wells



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,08:36   

Until recently, we had to read the ID literature in order to argue about it.  One gift from the Dover court case is that we can argue more forcefully than before that evolution-deniers should simply be ignored, because they do not merit serious consideration (any more than, say, holocaust deniers).  People do not need to bother to buy and read their new books, because the court case showed that the whole field is not valid science, and is just religious-based wishful thinking, warmed over and slightly reworked creationism, notwithstanding their claims to the contrary.

(Yes, this is not news, and we will read their books and laugh over them anyway, but the public stance can be "they already had their day in court, and they lost resoundingly.")

  
sparc



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,13:44   

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[e]xplanations
Does Casey Luskin want to indicate that the original text contains "xplanation" instead of explanation? It would indeed make sense it one reads itas X-mas: Christplanation.

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"[...] the type of information we find in living systems is beyond the creative means of purely material processes [...] Who or what is such an ultimate source of information? [...] from a theistic perspective, such an information source would presumably have to be God."

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oldmanintheskydidntdoit



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,14:07   

Quote (sparc @ Nov. 22 2007,13:44)
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[e]xplanations
Does Casey Luskin want to indicate that the original text contains "xplanation" instead of explanation? It would indeed make sense it one reads itas X-mas: Christplanation.

I did wonder about that, but reproduced it exactly.

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