Signature in the Cell, The Privileged Planet, Darwin's Dilemma - Book & 2-DVD Set
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Signature in the Cell Author: Stephen C. Meyer Format: Paperback Language: English Publisher: Harper One Pages: 624
Darwin's Dilemma & The Privileged Planet
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Signature in the Cell - Darwin's Dilemma - The Privileged Planet Book & 2-DVD Set delivers a "one-two-three" punch in the battle between Darwin's theory of evolution and the theory of intelligent design!
One hundred fifty years ago, Charles Darwin revolutionized biology, but did he refute intelligent design (ID)? In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer argues that he did not.
Much confusion surrounds the theory of intelligent design. Frequently misrepresented by the media, politicians, and local school boards, intelligent design can be defended on purely scientific grounds in accordance with the same rigorous methods that apply to every proposed origin-of-life theory.
Signature in the Cell is the first book to make a comprehensive case for intelligent design based upon DNA. Meyer embarks on an odyssey of discovery as he investigates current evolutionary theories and the evidence that ultimately led him to affirm intelligent design. Clearly defining what ID is and is not, Meyer shows that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or "giving up on science," but instead upon our growing scientific knowledge of the information stored in the cell.
A leading proponent of intelligent design in the scientific community, Meyer presents a compelling case that will generate heated debate, command attention, and find new adherents from leading scientists around the world.
Darwin's Dilemma examines what many consider to be the most powerful refutation of Darwinian evolution - the Cambrian fossil record. Charles Darwin realized that the fossil evidence did not support his theory of gradual, step-by-step evolutionary development. He hoped that future generations of scientists would make the discoveries necessary to validate his ideas. Today, after more than 150 years of exploration fossil evidence of slow, incremental biological change has yet to be excavated.
Instead, we find a picture of the rapid appearance of fully developed, complex organisms during the outset of the Cambrian geological era. Organisms that embody the major animal body plans that exist today. This remarkable explosion of life is truly Darwin's Dilemma and is best explained by the existence of a transcendent intelligence.
The Privileged Planet is an hour-long documentary that explores the scientific evidence for intelligent design and purpose in the universe. In the process, Earth is revealed as far more than the product of time, chance, and random natural processes. We now know that a rare and finely tuned array of factors makes Earth suitable for complex life. We depend on our planet's oxygen-rich atmosphere, its large moon, its planetary neighbors, and its precise location within the solar system and Milky Way galaxy. But the story does not end here. For, the same factors that make a planet like Earth hospitable to life also provide the best conditions for scientific discovery.
"The Crumbling of a Theory. In my opinion this book is the most important volume on the strength of the intelligent design arguments and the weaknesses of the currently dominant "theory" that has been written to date. Dr. Meyer's investment in time over a number of years in its preparation, as evidenced by its 33 page bibliography, will reap great rewards through the clarity and easy to understand descriptions for the layman of the arguments and evidence for both sides, as well as the graciousness he demonstrates in addressing the treatment ID proponents have received from the other side."
(R. A. - VA)
"Factual, careful, artful exposition of intelligent design. Having followed the intelligent design movement since its inception, most of the material in this video was not new to me. However, the depictions are apt and really awe-inspiring--especially those in the last one third of the video. When you see a computer simulation of specified complexity at the molecular level, it sticks in your consciousness. Sheer dumb luck could not have done this. I have seen this presentation three times. Each time I am impressed with the comments of the experts and the care in which the challenging material is presented. The subject is approached in a calm and scientific manner. The audio clips are long enough to explain tough concepts. Especially telling is the interview with Dr. Dean Kenyon, a prestigious scientist and author who eventually gave up on chance and necessity as the parents of human life--and this after defending it in a well-received volume called "Biochemical Predestination." He marvels at the nature of life and argues that a mindless universe could not have generated it."
(D. G. - CO)
"A fantastic book that clearly answers expressed objections to ID as science. It presents arguments in a very readable form, in a journey that considers the known speculative scenarios from chance to necessity (law, biological predestination, self-organization, etc.) for the origin of the information in life The biological details and complexities are presented in a manner that can be followed and appreciated by most people. Meyer builds the case that ID is real science, based on empirical evidence and established scientific principles (and supported by peer-reviewed literature). He also makes predictions of findings that would support ID."
(D. J. - NC)
"The case for Intelligent Design compellingly stated! This is outstanding production that allows people who are not biological specialists to understand the technical arguments of intelligent design that are usually beyond the grasp of the laity. It features beautiful computer animations of cellular mechanics, outstanding discussions by leading scientists of the complexity of life and the problems with Darwin's theory. It does an admirable job of keeping the dialogue scientific, there is nothing religious in nature in the presentation and it is equally suitable for showing in both the Church and the public school system. The DVD offers some good bonus footage of scientists answering various questions about evolution and I.D., footage of the Galapagos wildlife that Darwin encountered and list of web and book references to go to for deeper study. All in all a great video to use to make people think a second time about evolutionary theory and the argument for God by design."
(R. W. - WA)
"This book is, without doubt, the best positive (as opposed to polemic) argument I've yet read for intelligent design as a legitimate scientific theory of the origin of life. Dr. Meyer's approach is to begin with the epistemological principles that historical scientists (such as geologists, paleontologists, cosmologists, and evolutionary biologists) use to evaluate the strength of scientific theories of past events, and to apply those principles to evaluate the common explanations for the origin of life, including intelligent design. To be more precise, he evaluates the various explanations of how the mechanism of gene expression and protein manufacture arose in such a way that it seems to be already almost fully developed in even the simplest prokaryotes.
In the process of doing this, he presents a very convincing argument that, according to these very well-established scientific epistemological principles, the theory of an intelligent designer is at least as good a theory of the origin of life as other theories currently being propounded. It will be interesting to see how the rabidly anti-ID folks respond to his book. His argument is very difficult to dismiss, unless one adds an additional a priori postulate to the rules of evaluation for scientific theories, viz., that no theory involving an intelligent designer can be an acceptable theory. But the adoption of this postulate as a criterion for acceptable scientific theories certainly seems more emotionally than logically motivated. Said another way,
this book will make it very difficult for those who claim to be unbiased, disinterested truth-seekers to hold a dogmatically anti-ID view in that they would have to rule out anti-ID theories a priori, as opposed to based on evidence. Highly recommended!"
(T. G. - CA)