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Alters and Sandra M. Xreationist resources for combating misinformation and monitoring antievolution legislation, it is ideal for staying current with the ongoing public debate. 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. Design, by definition, is the product of intelligence.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution » Skeptical About Skeptics

Trouble is, this scenario bears no resemblance to natural selection. Nature is what comes naturally, after all, as opposed to the preordained outcome of an intentional program. A View from the National Academy of Sciences. Though development from the egg is generally believed to be the automated processing of a genetic blueprint or recipe, no testable creqtionist has ever debxte proposed that could either verify or falsify this proposition. The center is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of evolution against creationist attacks.


How to Debate a Creationist: 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.

Sign up for our email newsletter. Like a biblical author listing the bounties bestowed on his people by a benevolent deity, Shermer enumerates the many gifts of evolution: This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution. It is also available at www7.

That Shermer is just pandering to conservatives is revealed by his equation of natural selection with the invisible hand of the free market. National Center for Science Education Web site www. Freeman and Company, It features multimedia tools for teaching evolution.

The implication, literally centuries out of date, is that causation is natural only if it involves material contact.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution

That both views might be wrong never enters his mind. Yet evolution is best understood as the multi-generational self-creation of species in the process of intelligently exploiting environmental opportunities. The accompanying book, Evolutionby Carl Zimmer HarperCollins,is also useful for explaining evolution to doubters.

In the muddled mind of Michael Shermer, the clash of evolution and creationism boils down to a dispute between natural design and artificial design. National Academy Press, Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. But this is colloquial speech, not proper, scientific usage. This concise booklet has the backing of the country’s top scientific authorities. For anyone shefmer wishes to understand the “intelligent design” controversy in detail, this book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues.


Perhaps the collective memory by which our bodies form is itself holistic. Just as planetary orbits reveal action at a distance over space, organisms, according to Elsasser, reveal action at a distance over time.

Other Resources for Defending Evolution – Scientific American

Though the computer hard drive is often taken as a model for genes and brains as information storage shrrmer, surely the memory of life is not artificial but natural.

Produced as a companion to the seven-part television series Evolution, this site is an enjoyable guide to evolutionary science. It has a particular form characteristic of its kind, and this form is retained from generation to generation.

Though it may be convenient to speak in terms of design, organisms are in no way designed objects. Funny how the religious worldview seamlessly blends with the new paradigm. This is because the effects of genetic mutation are coupled with the nonrandom power of natural selection. 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.