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    Stephen C. Meyer
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In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life and makes a compelling case for the theory of intelligent design as the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals and the biological information necessary t. .

In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life and makes a compelling case for the theory of intelligent design as the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals and the biological information necessary to produce them. With a new epilogue responding to critics. Stephen C. Meyer received his P. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science after working as an oil industry geophysicist

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 because scientists have learned more about what it takes.

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 because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information-stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells-to building animal forms

Stephen C. Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt is a truly remarkable book. Within its 413 pages of text are four tightly woven interrelated arguments.

Stephen C. Using 753 references, he presents evidence associated with the serious weaknesses of materialistic theories of biological evolution, and positive evidence for the theory of intelligent design. A great book on the origin of animal life and crises of Darwin evolution; very clear, factual, comprehensive, logical, and informative. An enjoyable reading for both non–expert and expert. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life-a mystery that has only intensified

In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life-a mystery that has only intensified. Meyer argues that the mysterious features of the Cambrian event are best explained by intelligent design.

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The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. George Gilder Technologist, economist, and New York Times bestselling author. Meyer is brilliant and his latest book, Darwin's Doubt is a must read. David Limbaugh Syndicated columnist and author. Dr. Norman C. Nevin OBE, BSc, MD, FRCPath, FFPH, FRCPE, FRCP; Professor Emeritus in Medical Genetics, Queen’s University, Belfast. Meyer Author of SIGNATURE IN THE CELL.

Darwin avoided discussing the origin of the very first species in public although he acknowledged the possibility that life originated by natural causes

php?type by volume&volume 27&issue 1. Darwin avoided discussing the origin of the very first species in public although he acknowledged the possibility that life originated by natural causes. Some of his followers adopted this materialistic position and advocated some sort of spontaneous generation in the distant past.

When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” 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 because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms.Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.


Armin
Comment on “Darwin’s Doubt,” by Stephen C. Meyer

I highly recommend reading this book. it isn't an easy read, but very interesting and well worth reading with an open mind.

When Darwin wrote his famous 1859 treatise on the Origin of Species, there were two issues he glossed over: 1.) The origin of the first living cell, and 2.) The so-called Cambrian, or Silurian, explosion of complex animals. At the time, he, and scientists in general, knew nothing about the details of the functioning of a biological cell, but believed that life somehow originated in the chemical soup that supposedly existed early in the earth’s history. He also acknowledged that the sudden emergence of the Cambrian era animals cast great doubt on his theory of evolution through random mutations and natural selection over long periods of time. However, he expected that later discoveries of fossils would show ancestors of the Cambrian animals in earlier geological strata.

Since Crick and Watson deduced the structure of DNA in 1953, based on then-recent work of many biological scientists, science has come to understand that the work of DNA, RNA, and other molecular structures in a living cell is based on highly complex functionally specific code. In his earlier book, “The Signature in the Cell,” Dr. Meyer, citing the work of many modern biological scientists, mathematicians and others, showed that for such complexity to have arisen by chance arrangement of the nucleotide building blocks of life would have required many times the number of available chances in the life of the universe. The post log to the latest edition addresses the criticisms that have been written on that earlier work.

In this book Dr. Meyer addresses Darwin’s Cambrian doubt and builds on his earlier book by pointing out the even greater complexity (by many orders of magnitude) of the specified information required to arrange cells into complex animal body plans, such as the 20 or so new phyla found in the Cambrian layers. Even with deep sea drilling, deep drilling on land and in other forms of exploration, scientists have yet to discover any significant fossils of the supposed ancestors of the Cambrian animals. Dr. J.Y. Chen, a Chinese paleontologist and an expert on the Cambrian era fossil deposits discovered in China, was once asked when presenting his findings at the University of Washington if he wasn’t worried about contradicting Darwin, quipped, “in China we can criticize Darwin, but we can’t criticize the government. In the United States, you can criticize the government, but you can’t criticize Darwin.”

As Dr. Meyer points out in this book, “Scientists attempting to explain the origin of life must explain how both information-rich molecules and the cell’s information-processing system arose.” As he further notes, “Whenever we find functional information—Whether embedded in a radio signal, carved in a stone monument such as the Rosetta Stone, etched on a disk, or produced by an origin-of-life scientist attempting to engineer a self-replicating molecule — and we trace that information back to its ultimate source, invariably we come to a mind, not merely a material process.”

In “Darwin’s Doubt” Dr. Meyer examines the various theories that attempt to explain the geologically sudden emergence of so many new, fully formed animal body plans, and shows that each theory, however subtly, postulates pre-existing information-rich sources of data upon which their theory is based. For example, scientists have discovered entities called developmental gene regulatory networks (dGRNs) that play a key role in the development of a grown animal from an embryo. Studies have determined that simple random individual changes in the dGRN will destroy the organism. Any changes in one part must be coordinated with changes in the other parts, which again requires an enormous infusion of new information. After examining the many theories that scientists have proposed and demonstrating essentially the same flaw in each of them (i.e., the supposition of a pre-existing source of the complex information required), Dr. Meyer concludes that intelligent design is the only explanation that meets the necessary scientific criteria to truly explain the origin of life and the complex form in which all life exists today. In arriving at that conclusion, he uses the same scientific method used by Charles Darwin and most other scientists trying to understand historical events; that is, the abductive method of inference to the best explanation based on currently known processes. In this case, the known process is that complex, functionally specified information is, in our everyday experience, created only by an intelligent agent. Since no scientific theory has yet been proposed that shows any means other than design by an intelligent agent, Dr. Meyer argues that intelligent design is the best, most scientific explanation available today. This is especially true since all of the other purportedly materialistic naturalistic theories that have been proposed start off by assuming the prior existence of the vast amounts of complex specified information necessary to the existence of any life form. They fail to explain where that information came from in the first place. Intelligent design, and only intelligent design, explains the origin of vast amounts of functionally specified information.
Banal
The more scientists learn about the complexity of life, the more difficult it is to believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. This book presents a compelling case for examining intelligent design as a more plausible source of information in DNA than mutations and selection. It is easy to understand and enjoyable to read.
Grillador
“Darwin’s Doubt” by Stephen Meyer is one of the most important books of our time and deserves to be read within any serious-minded curriculum dealing with macro-evolutionary history and theory.  The sub-title of “Darwin’s Doubt” is “The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design” and this sub-title is exacting.  The majority of the book reviews macro-evolutionary theory (the origin is touched on but there’s a lot left out in favor of analysis of the science) up to virtually the present day (approx. up through 2013) and how it has changed and faced its challenges over time.  Macro-evolutionary theory has been the darling of the mainstream scientific community and if one dared (dares) challenge it or believes in alternate forms of animal origin then they are scoffed at, ridiculed, derided and in the case of several scientists thrown out on their keisters.  Neo-Darwinism as such has maintained a stranglehold within the sciences and in education, but what if it is wrong?  Meyer here analyses the information presented to bolster and/or confirm macro-evolutionary theory from fossil record evidence to developmental genetics and including informational theory (where did the information needed to build animals and humans come from in the first place, and how in the world did it come to pass to be organized in the way that it has as evidenced within the continuum of life)?  As he does so we see that, one by one, macro-evolutionary theories pillars of support teeter and collapse and do not support its claims.  This is the main body of the book and Meyer offers notes and critiques from many places, including from within the world of mainstream Neo-Darwinism.  “Darwin’s Doubt” is carefully researched.
 
But another, and significantly shorter, section of the book is dedicated to the second portion of the sub-title: the case for intelligent design.  Meyer, who grew up within the world of Neo-Darwinism and who authored the important “Signature in the Cell”, explains how he came around to belief in intelligent design as both the best explanation for what we know (and intuit) as backed by scientific principles and understandings about the origin of animal life but also about how intelligent design, so often decried as non-science by mainstream scientists who have been practically brainwashed into rejecting it, can stand as a true scientific explanation to life’s origins.  In the end it isn’t terribly complicated as it posits that an intelligence is responsible for the creation and origin of animal life, and there are tremendously good reasons and supports for believing so, though this explanation will fail to satisfy many within the scientific community because they believe that it endorses religion and because they think that it takes their knowledge (or their control of what they think knowledge is) out of their hands and instead of their feeling that they have “all the answers” they end up in a big shrug of the shoulders.  Of course that doesn’t feel good, and nobody wants that, but is that a reason to deny a probably important truth?  And does it mean that biological science can’t offer any important answers, or information, if intelligent design isn’t true?
 
Of course it doesn’t!  Science has yielded an incredible amount of valid and irreducibly important information on so many things.  But “science” has never been the creator of this information, but merely the uncoverer (the detective, so to speak, that finds the answers to riddles and complexities).  To his credit Meyer addresses the issues of both the philosophy of science (in brief, though) and the issue of what proper belief is worth, especially in the case of if intelligent design is in fact truth.  Intelligent design doesn’t just offer an alternate, better explanation on the origin of life but it also leads to different questions, different types of questions (both fundamental and foundational), and suggests new ways to look at life that can yield quicker returns on info and our ability to develop.  Meyer also doesn’t dodge the issue of religion in relation to intelligent design.  What he does, though, is not support any one religion (nor do I remember him identifying what particular faith he espouses) or even that the idea that a particular religion can be inculcated or should be interwoven into a scientifically based framework of understanding, but that belief in intelligent design does offer the potential for satisfying reasons for why life exists (whereas random chance does not as we are left to our own devices in the big, scary, cold and impersonal universe).  This, too, is an important aspect of the discussion but it’s not the foremost issue that Meyer deals with.  But, it is dealt with.  What a fantastic book!  Highly recommended.