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Just as planetary orbits reveal action at a distance syermer space, organisms, according to Elsasser, reveal action at a distance over time. For anyone who wishes to understand the “intelligent design” controversy in detail, this book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues.

Though species-specific memory has long been thought to be encoded in genes, the only thing we know for sure about DNA is that it distinguishes individuals, not that it provides the general template of a species. Kichael Design Creationism and Its Critics. But this is clearly not the case, particularly in regard to the question of how an organism unfolds from embryo to adult.

Sign up for our email newsletter. The meaning of memory is that causation can operate from the deep past as well as the immediate past.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution

In the muddled mind of Michael Shermer, the clash of evolution and creationism boils down to a dispute between natural design and artificial design.

In his dual roles of publisher Skeptic magazine and pundit primarily for Scientific AmericanShermer often points out that science is not so much a set of beliefs as a method. Though the computer hard drive is often taken as a model for genes and brains as information storage devices, surely the memory of life is not artificial but natural.


Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Dembski make the case for intelligent design in their chapters and are rebutted by evolutionists, including Pennock, Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins. Design, by definition, is the product of intelligence.

It, too, uses a question-and-answer format that should be particularly valuable for teachers. The paradox of nature is that complexity is way more efficient than simplicity. Why, anything creationism can do, evolution can do blindfolded! This well-researched refutation of creationist claims deals in more depth with many of the same scientific arguments raised here, as well as other philosophical problems. This is because the effects of genetic mutation are coupled with the nonrandom power of natural selection.

The center is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of evolution against creationist attacks. Funny how the religious worldview seamlessly blends with the new paradigm.

Like a biblical author listing the bounties bestowed on his people by a benevolent deity, Shermer enumerates the many gifts of evolution: But why should biologists propose fundamental principles when life is not subject to its own laws apart from those of nature-at-large? Edited by Robert T. Natural selection operates according to the immediate demands of the local environment, not some far-off goal. Nature is what comes naturally, after all, as opposed to the preordained outcome of an intentional program.

According to the mathematics of combinatorics, the number of letters the monkey would probably have to type before getting it right is 26 The idea of invoking a general principle of nature, such as holistic memory, to provide for a reasonable biology is simply unfathomable, though of course this is precisely how science has progressed for centuries.

A tornado, for example, serves to eliminate the temperature gradient between warm air near the ground and cold air above.

Yes, folks, the triumph of evolution over creationism proves that capitalism is superior to planned economies. Whether living or only lifelike, dynamic systems are holistic, shaped by energy flows rather than their constituent molecules.


He may not have invented the machine fetish of modern biology, but nobody strokes that sprocket better than Shermer.

Indeed, febate affiliation rises to the surface when he rehashes the old thought experiment with the monkey that types Shakespeare.

Other Resources for Defending Evolution

The accompanying book, Evolutionby Carl Zimmer HarperCollins,is also useful for explaining evolution to doubters. But this is colloquial speech, not proper, scientific usage.

PBS Web site for evolution www. Although its goal of making a clear, brief statement necessarily limits the detail with which it can pursue its arguments, the publication serves as handy proof that the scientific establishment unwaveringly supports evolution. That Shermer is just pandering to conservatives is revealed by his equation of natural selection with the invisible hand of the free market. DNA is no more responsible for building organisms than dust is responsible for building tornados.

The whole point of science is that nature is best understood on its own terms, not according to human concepts such as imagination or design. It features multimedia tools for teaching evolution. A View from the National Academy of Sciences. Shwrmer worse, Shermer insists on applying this term to evolution. An organism is not some generic complex system.

Other Resources for Defending Evolution – Scientific American

This gap will ultimately disappear anyway, but a tornado wipes it out a lot faster and with a lot more flair. This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution. How to Debate a Creationist: