Category Archives: Evolution

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Unintelligent Design”


Unintelligent Design. By Mark Perakh. Amherst, MA: Prometheus Books, 2003. This fine book offers a powerful and sustained critique of the creationism argument versus evolutionary theory, especially the most recent iteration of “intelligent design” which has been politically but not … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Junk Science”


Junk Science: How Politicians, Corporations, and Other Hucksters Betray Us. By Dan Agin. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2006. I love these type of books because they allow me to feel superior. I and the author, at least … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Genesis Enigma”


The Genesis Enigma: Why the First Book of the Bible is Scientifically Accurate. By Andrew Parker. New York: Penguin Books, 2009. In many ways this is an infuriating and intriguing book. Andrew Parker is an evolutionary biologist who gained fame … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century”


Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century. By Aaron Gillette. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. In the early twentieth century a convergence of ideas swirling around sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and eugenics led to an argument that heredity had … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction”


Science & Religion: A Historical Introduction. Edited by Gary B. Ferngren. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. This is a fascinating edited collection of essays on several episodes of the confluence of science and religion in Western Civilization. Intended … Continue reading

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Humanity and the Extreme Environment of Space


There is reason to believe that some forms of microbial life might survive the extreme conditions of space. For Homo sapien sapiens, however, the space environment is a remarkably dangerous place. One space life scientist, Vadim Rygalov, remarked that ensuring human life … Continue reading

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Pondering the Post-human: It Portends a Plethora of Problems


I had just finished reading a good book, Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond To The Redesigned Human Of The Future, when I met friends for a late dinner in an upscale Georgetown bistro. As a measure of the power … Continue reading

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Notes on an Important Book: A Review of “Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul”


Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul. By Edward Humes. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. What does Pennsylvania heartland, fossils, and urban think tanks have in common? The answer is one of the most titanic struggles … Continue reading

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What is the “Wedge?”


In the last two decades a new strategy in combating the scientific theory of evolution has emerged in American conservative religious circles, “Intelligent Design” (ID). Wrapped in the language of science but without the scholar investigation on which science is … Continue reading

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