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How Blind Is the Watchmaker?: Nature's Design & the Limits of Naturalistic Science [Paperback]

By Neil Broom (Author)
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Pages   12
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830822968  
EAN  9780830822966  

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If you found a watch, as William Paley asked nearly two centuries ago, would you think that it came into existence by chance or that there was a watchmaker? Likewise, Neil Broom asks, was the universe created by the blind forces of physics and chemistry, or is there evidence in nature of a designing mind?While prominent scientists in recent years have suggested that the watchmaker is indeed blind, Broom, a biomechanics scientist, sees much more than their naturalistic blinders allow them to perceive. His book How Blind Is the Watchmaker? boldly challenges the scientific establishment's commitment to what he labels as "the flimsily crafted but persuasively packaged myth of scientific materialism."Broom reveals how naturalistic science is guilty of attempting to reduce all explanations to the molecular level, even when higher nonmaterial levels of explanation are clearly required to describe the behavior of many systems. Likewise he shows why there is little chance that science can define life in a way that seamlessly connects it to the inanimate world. Broom also uncovers the rarely discussed or acknowledged assumptions that raise serious questions about the limits of a purely naturalistic approach to the problem of life's genesis. In a clear and readable style, he considers the recent research about the origin of life and the function of RNA, DNA and proteins. Further, he exposes how scientists often attribute "personal" characteristics to inanimate molecules. And he shows why postulating billions of years for various natural processes does not adequately explain inadequacies in evolutionary scenarios.This thought-provoking book (a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the volume originally published by Ashgate) points beyond the poverty of many scientific pronouncements and builds a robust case for viewing the true splendor of our living world.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Diane Barrett, CISSP, teaches classes on networking, security, and virus protection on ISSA's Generally Accepted Information Security Principles Project. Neil Broom, CISSP, is a consultant in the fields of computer forensics, information assurance, and professional security testing. He currently serves as the VP of the Atlanta chapter of the ISSA. Michael Solomon, CISSP, TICSA, is a security consultant and trainer and has worked with clients such as EarthLink, Nike, and Lucent Technologies.

Neil Broom was born in 1945.

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Awesimo  Jan 25, 2008
Carl Flygare atheist extraordinayre wanted yall wannabe sightists ta c this here ole proof o evodelusion:

"The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution." - Stephen Jay Gould (Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University), "Is a new and general theory of evolution emerging?" Paleobiology, vol. 6(1), January 1980, p. 127

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"The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable with the chance that 'a tornado sweeping through a junk yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein'." - Sir Fred Hoyle (English astronomer, Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University), as quoted in "Hoyle on Evolution". Nature, vol. 294, 12 Nov. 1981, p. 105

"Echoing the criticism made of his father's habilis skulls, he added that Lucy's skull was so incomplete that most of it was 'imagination made of plaster of Paris', thus making it impossible to draw any firm conclusion about what species she belonged to." - Referring to comments made by Richard Leakey (Director of National Museums of Kenya) in The Weekend Australian, 7-8 May 1983, Magazine, p. 3

"The entire hominid collection known today would barely cover a billiard table, ... the collection is so tantalizingly incomplete, and the specimens themselves often so fragmented and inconclusive, that more can be said about what is missing than about what is present. ...but ever since Darwin's work inspired the notion that fossils linking modern man and extinct ancestor would provide the most convincing proof of human evolution, preconceptions have led evidence by the nose in the study of fossil man." - John Reader, photo-journalist and author of "Missing Links", "Whatever happened to Zinjanthropus?" New Scientist, 26 March 1981, p. 802

"A five million-year-old piece of bone that was thought to be a collarbone of a humanlike creature is actually part of a dolphin rib, ...He [Dr. T. White] puts the incident on par with two other embarrassing [sic] faux pas by fossil hunters: Hesperopithecus, the fossil pig's tooth that was cited as evidence of very early man in North America, and Eoanthropus or 'Piltdown Man,' the jaw of an orangutan and the skull of a modern human that were claimed to be the 'earliest Englishman'. "The problem with a lot of anthropologists is that they want so much to find a hominid that any scrap of bone becomes a hominid bone.'" - Dr. Tim White (anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley). As quoted by Ian Anderson "Hominoid collarbone exposed as dolphin's rib", in New Scientist, 28, April 1983, p. 199

"We add that it would be all too easy to object that mutations have no evolutionary effect because they are eliminated by natural selection. Lethal mutations (the worst kind) are effectively eliminated, but others persist as alleles. ...Mutants are present within every population, from bacteria to man. There can be no doubt about it. But for the evolutionist, the essential lies elsewhere: in the fact that mutations do not coincide with evolution." - Pierre-Paul Grassé (University of Paris and past-President, French Academie des Sciences) in Evolution of Living Organisms, Academic Press, New York, 1977, p. 88

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"The intelligent layman has long suspected circular reasoning in the use of rocks to date fossils and fossils to date rocks. The geologist has never bothered to think of a good reply, feeling that explanations are not worth the trouble as long as the work brings results. This is supposed to be hard-headed pragmatism." - J. E. O'Rourks, "Pragmatism versus materialism in stratigraphy". American Journal of Science, vol. 276, January 1976, p. 47

"Scientists who go about teaching that evolution is a fact of life are great conmen, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever. In explaining evolution, we do not have one iota of fact." - Dr. T. N. Tahmisian (Atomic Energy Commission, USA) in "The Fresno Bee", August 20, 1959. As quoted by N. J. Mitchell, Evolution and the Emperor's New Clothes, Roydon Publications, UK, 1983, title page.

The evolutionist Eiseley wrote a book exposing his hero Darwin as being a credit thief who stole his idea of natural selection from Edward Blyth, a creation scientist. He spun this creationist's theory into a negative destructive one that is not accepted by most modern evolutionists. Ironically, Blyth's version is accepted, however, Blyth is not given credit by them either. - Me
Very Sad.... :o(  May 23, 2004
This book's arguments are completely dishonest and misleading. Dembski is playing up to the ignorant gullibility of creationists. He bases his writing on a complete lack of understanding of the theory of evolution that is horribly tainted by blatantly unjustifiable faith in mythical creation. Evolution is upheld by EVIDENCE, which is something creationism does not have. As with ALL scientific theories there can be disagreements and discussion and changes as evidence, technology and science themselves evolve. Even if some grand discovery somehow proved evolution to be incorrect it does not mean that creationism would become true by default.
Creationism is not based on any kind of science. It is the distortion of truth to make it fit within the bounds of biblical myth. Life does not evolve with a goal in mind as Demski would have us believe. There is no end product or a aim toward perfection. Evolution does not even guarantee that a later form will be "better" than a previous form. It makes changes for the current environment. Environments like everything in the universe changes, evolves. Even christianity and its views of god, jesus, right and wrong evolve. Why do you suggest that is? Does god change his mind? That would be ridiculous. It is more probable that a god like the one described in the bible with such enormous contradictions does not exist.
It is very unfortunate that christians who claim to uphold the truth are so willing to ignore facts and fabricate their own form of "science" in order to propogate lies. The bible is NOT a science book. It is not even a history book. It is a book of myths. Man made fairy tales. The supporters of creationism wish to return us to the Dark Ages where all facts are derived from the bible and all who disagree are tortured and burned to death by the church. It is very sad that more christians do not see that they are decieved, partly by themselves for allowing it but more by christian leaders. Christian leaders generate fear by suggesting that doubt in the bible translates into a fatal lack of faith that will be paid for by being sent to hell for eternity by their everloving creator. So much for unconditional love.
I didn't read the book yet  Sep 4, 2003
To Fairfax.
1. I doubt you read the book.
2. Instead of fundamentally denying all merit why not provide simple examples that refute the claims, so idiots like me can understand why evolution seems to be so adept at selecting and expanding on "good" mutations, while intuitively we would expect to see mostly "bad" mutations.

Working in the computer world, which I would guess is far different from the natural world, the Dembski arguments about information theory and information improvement vs. atrophy make sense. Show me mathmatically why he is wrong or at least point me in the direction.

I love your argument about "It's all baseless. If you don't believe us just ask us." Never was such a circular argument so useless. By the same reasoning Hitler was not a threat to world peace in 1939 because you could have asked a majority of people, especially in the US and they would have told you not to confront him.

I may buy the book just on your non-recommendation.

A sad day  Aug 4, 2003
I feel sad for those people who actually think this book contains factual information. Behe and Dempski, both ID advocates were thoroughly trounced years ago.

If anyone is thinking about reading this book-please don't, you'll only be wasting your time and money on pseudoscientific garbage. I mean, you wouldn't read a book about a flat earth-would you?

If you doubt this post, do yourself a favor and see how many scientifically peer-reviewed journals there are out there that endorse Intelligent Design.

You'll realize there aren't any and you'll have to come to one of two conclusions:

A. That's because ID is firmly in the realm of pseudoscience and belongs there with it's cohorts (Holocaust denial, geocentricism, aliens abducting people, fairies, etc).

B. There's a massive, impossible, conspiracy out there to supress these journals.

If you subscribe to option B., you'll probably also think that mankind never visited the moon, that JFK was killed by sasquatch, and God knows what else.

The quality of the arguments is not consistent  Apr 20, 2002
"How Blind is the Watchmaker?" is an attempt to show the intricate complexity of design in nature, and expose the weaknesses of the naturalistic Neo-Darwinian paradigm. Unfortunately, the arguments vary in their consistency and ability to convince. I agree with the editorial review that the strongest portion of the book is in the sections overviewing the investigation of the origin of life, and that in other places Broom is prone to caricature the beliefs of Darwinists. There is a lot of interesting information presented in the book, and Broom does a good job of explaining the complexity of life, however, his arguments tend to have some holes in them. I did expect more of a response to Richard Dawkin's book "The Blind Watchmaker," but he did do a good, brief job of deconstructing several of Dawkin's analogies and simulations of evolution. There are better reads available on the same topics of intelligent design and evolution, that are better thought-out and more convincing. To name a few: "Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil," "Wedge of Truth," and for a rigorous analysis of origins of life research, "The Mystery of Life's Origin." If you do decide to read "How Blind is the Watchmaker?", you can glean some good information, while stepping around the weaker argumentation.

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