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Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson And the Intelligent Design Movement [Paperback]

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Pages   357
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.96" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   1.17 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830828362  
EAN  9780830828364  


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With the publication of Darwin On Trial in 1991, Cal Berkeley legal scholar Phillip Johnson became the leading figure in the intelligent design movement. This book reviews and celebrates Johnson's life and work and the movement for which he has served as chief architect. The 18 essays included provide personal and in-depth insight into the man, his convictions and his leadership of the intellecutal movement that called into question the hegemony of Darwinian theory.

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With the publication of Darwin on Trial in 1991, Cal Berkeley legal scholar Phillip Johnson became the leading figure in the intelligent design movement. Exposing and calling into question the philosophical foundations of Darwinism, Johnson led the charge against this largely unquestioned philosophy of materialistic reductionism and its purported basis in scientific research. This book reviews and celebrates the life and thought of Phillip Johnson and the movement for which he has served as chief architect. Editor William A. Dembski presents eighteen essays by those who have known and worked with Johnson for more than a decade. They provide personal and in-depth insight into the man, his convictions and his leadership of the intellectual movement that called into question the hegemony of Darwinian theory. Contributors include Stephen Meyer Michael Behe Jay Wesley Richards Thomas Woodward Francis Beckwith Timothy Standish David Berlinski Michael Ruse David Keller Jonathan Wells Scott Minnich Nancy Pearcey Jay Budziszewski Marcus Ross Paul Nelson Henry Schaefer III Wesley Allen Walter Bradley Phillip E. Johnson

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William A. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute s Center for Science and Culture. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the first book on intelligent design to be published by a major university press, "The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities" (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He has seven earned degrees, including two doctorates, one in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the other in mathematics from University of Chicago. His work has been featured on the front page of the "New York Times" and he has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including ABC s" Nightline" and Jon Stewart s "The Daily Show." Bill and his wife, Jana, live in Central Texas with their daughter and twin boys. . Jonathan Wells is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hayward. He is the author numerous articles and several books including "Icons of Evolution, " "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design." "

William A. Dembski was born in 1960 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Baylor University, Texas.

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Intelligent Design is logically insupportable  Mar 28, 2007
If the observed complexity of biological processes is an argument for an intelligent designer, then the designer must have been more complicated than the design.

So... who designed the designer? Intelligent Design: R.I.P.

This problem of infinite regress is typical of the sloppy, pseudo-scientific worldview of the creationists (and make no mistake about it, that's what the I.D. people are). In order to gain respectibility, they set up what appears to be a scientific axiom: everything must come from something. But the power of an axiom is that it must be true in all cases, and the creationists then immediately add an exception: God didn't have to come from anything, he was always here.

This is certainly faith. Just don't call it science, and don't call creationists scientists. And don't try to use laughable arguments like these against the powerfully explanatory idea of evolution. Virtually all of the arguments advanced by the enemies of Darwinism fall apart in the hands of people who actually understand what the modern theory of evolution actually says, and what the mechanisms of evolution actually are (the fact that someone like Behe believes that his "mousetrap" argument is convincing shows that he really does not understand evolutionary theory at all.)
 
A Collection of Articles in Favor of Intelligent Design  Oct 2, 2006
The book itself is a good resource for readers who wish to learn more about the works of Phillip Johnson, a leader of the Intelligent Design theories/(facts according to his supporters). It is a one sided defense of Johnson and tears down Darwin. Granted, Darwin made lots of mistakes, but Darwin was the first word, not the most recent, researcher into evolution. One writer insists the world is 10,000 years old. Some writers refute the existence of genetic mutations, or that any mutated species could survive. I know of the research into genetic mutations of species that following nuclear blasts and I believe that genes can indeed mutate and find it sad we have to debate even this level of science. But, indeed, this is the core of this debate.

I note one writer who argues how terrible it is that there are those who believe that since religion is not testable truth that it can not be taught as truth in schools. Yes, that is why your truth has to be faith, not taught in public schools as truth. Students are of different faiths, and it is up to their faiths to teach them faith. It is the role of schools to teach testable truth. That's the way it is supposed to be. Sorry.

The book is a good resource. Even those who disagree with these views can learn from it and allow the debates on this to continue.
 
It must have hit a nerve  Sep 14, 2006
I am shocked by the vial hate-speech and mindless ad hominem attacks in the "reviews" printed below. They demonstrate just the kind of vicious closed-minded nonsense that ID proponents seek to dispel. To quote one extreme example (you can read it in context in John Kwok's "review" below): "I find the notion of a Festschrift published in honor of Professor Johnson as absurd as a group of Neo-Nazis publishing one to commemorate Adolf Hitler and his hate-filled book "Mein Kampf" (I find this an apt comparison since Johnson and quite a few of his supporters have an ideological world view that is remarkably close to the likes of Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.)."

Well, to quote Adolf Hitler, whom this reviewer seems to have some familiarity with, "All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be." Several of these reviews marvelously illustrate this principle and shame on them for that. And good on the authors of Darwin's Nemesis, both advocates and opponents of ID, who seek a more reasoned approach.

As far as this book is concerned, it must have hit a raw nerve. One has to wonder what irrational opponents of Johnson and his thinking are so sensitive about. If Darwinism really does all that it claims, then it will survive if it is the fittest theory; if not, extinction is inevitable. Whatever happens, there is no place in a civilized society for the kind of hate-speech that a few reviewers clearly wish to substitute for rational arguments. Most appear to do this because they have not actually read the book, but simply hate Phillip Johnson. Buy the book, read it and make up your own mind. The irrational hatred of others is not a good basis for making any judgments in life.

(By way of full disclosure, I authored one of the chapters in Darwin's Nemesis. No, it is not a glowing tribute in support of ID. Yes, I do think that Phillip Johnson and those who disagree with him have a right to make their arguments in a way that allows others to rationally evaluate them. No, just in case there is any confusion about this, I don't support a world-view that in any way resembles that of Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.)
 
When Fools Rush In.... A Vapid Tribute to Intelligent Design's Spiritual Godfather  Aug 14, 2006
Darwin's most celebrated nemesis was Samuel Wilberforce, the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican Church, who was ridiculed by the young biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, in a now famous debate on evolution held in England back in 1860. It's clearly a bit of an exaggeration to describe former University of California, Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson as "Darwin's Nemesis", since he has come across more as a lightweight intellectual Luddite in his criticisms of evolutionary biology. I will concede that Phillip Johnson may be a gifted legal scholar and a fine law school teacher (One of his former students may have been a former classmate of mine in Frank McCourt's celebrated Stuyvesant High School creative writing course, who earned some notoriety nearly a decade ago for being one of the two female attorneys responsible for deposing Monica Lewinsky at Special White House Counsel Kenneth Starr's Whitewater Washington, D. C.-based grand jury.). But frankly, that's all the credit I am willing to concede to Professor Johnson, since he has demonstrated repeatedly his gross ignorance of science and understanding how excellent scientific research is done (For example, please see my this site.com customer review of his book "Darwin on Trial" which I wrote a few years ago.). Such ignorance has been displayed repeatedly by Johnson in his spirited advocacy of "Intelligent Design", via his "Wedge Strategy", in which he and his colleagues have sought to portray "Intelligent Design" as a viable, credible alternative to the Modern Synthesis Theory of Evolution (Of which its fundamental core was - and still remains - Darwin's Theory of Evolution via Natural Selection; one of the "fathers" of the Modern Synthesis, distinguished Russian-American geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky once said that "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.". That profound declaration by Dobzhansky still holds true today.). However, "Intelligent Design" is merely the latest manifestation of an old idea stated originally by William Paley back in the 17th Century, which was rejected soundly not by Darwin and his circle of friends, but instead, by "creationist" precursors who were both eminent scientists and clergymen in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. More succinctly, and indeed, more to the point, this apparently "novel" idea was rejected once by scientists hundreds of years ago; but Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and William Dembski valiantly wish that it receive ample consideration from the scientific community, even after Judge John Jones' landmark decision in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education trial, in which he concluded that Intelligent Design was a religious doctrine masquerading as science (It is posted at:
htttp://www2.ncseweb.org/kvd/all_legal/2005-12-20_kitzmiller_decision.pdf.).

I find the notion of a Festschrift published in honor of Professor Johnson as absurd as a group of Neo-Nazis publishing one to commemorate Adolf Hitler and his hate-filled book "Mein Kampf" (I find this an apt comparison since Johnson and quite a few of his supporters have an ideological world view that is remarkably close to the likes of Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.). If these 19 papers in "Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson And the Intelligent Design Movement" demonstrate anything, they note only his importance as the movement's spiritual godfather. However, more importantly, these papers demonstrate collectively the lack of good judgement, sloppy logic, and, quite frankly, intellectual dishonesty of "Intelligent Design" supporters. There are other, much better, and intellectually honest, books on this issue, such as Robert Pennock's "Tower of Babel" (It has the best historical overview and philosophical rebuttal to "Intelligent Design" that I've read so far.), Kenneth Miller's "Finding Darwin's God (My friend Ken has a brilliant rebuke of the Intelligent Design argument of irreducible complexity.), and Eugenie Scott's "Evolution vs. Creationism" (Her book may be the best introductory textbook on this issue available now.). Don't waste your time thinking of acquiring this book, which is a vapid tribute to Intelligent Design's spiritual godfather; it should have been entitled "When Fools Rush In".

(EDITORIAL NOTE: I was tempted to ignore ad hominenm attacks masquerading as comments listed below, but will note that these remarks are exactly what you'd expect from Intellectual Luddites.)
 
With nemeses like these...  Jul 2, 2006
"I also don't think that there is really a theory of intelligent design at the present time to propose as a comparable alternative to the Darwinian theory, which is, whatever errors it might contain, a fully worked out scheme. There is no intelligent design theory that's comparable. Working out a positive theory is the job of the scientific people that we have affiliated with the movement. Some of them are quite convinced that it's doable, but that's for them to prove...No product is ready for competition in the educational world. "

-Phillip Johnson
Berkeley Science Review, 2006
 

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