Darwin's Gift: To Science and Religion

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National Academies Press, 23 apr. 2007 - 225 pagina's
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With the publication in 1859 of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation for nature's diversity. This was to be his gift to science and society; at last, we had an explanation for how life came to be on Earth. Scientists agree that the evolutionary origin of animals and plants is a scientific conclusion beyond reasonable doubt. They place it beside such established concepts as the roundness of the earth, its revolution around the sun, and the molecular composition of matter. That evolution has occurred, in other words, is a fact.

Yet as we approach the bicentennial celebration of Darwin's birth, the world finds itself divided over the truth of evolutionary theory. Consistently endorsed as "good science" by experts and overwhelmingly accepted as fact by the scientific community, it is not always accepted by the public, and our schools continue to be battlegrounds for this conflict. From the Tennessee trial of a biology teacher who dared to teach Darwin's theory to his students in 1925 to Tammy Kitzmiller's 2005 battle to keep intelligent design out of the Dover district schools in Pennsylvania, it's clear that we need to cut through the propaganda to quell the cacophony of raging debate.

With the publication of Darwin's Gift, a voice at once fresh and familiar brings a rational, measured perspective to the science of evolution. An acclaimed evolutionary biologist with a background in theology, Francisco Ayala offers clear explanations of the science, reviews the history that led us to ratify Darwin's theories, and ultimately provides a clear path for a confused and conflicted public.
  

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Review: Darwin's Gift: To Science and Religion

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During a public lecture held in the Spring of 2008 at the City College of New York, eminent evolutionary geneticist Francisco J. Ayala castigated biochemist Michael J. Behe for his inane espousal of ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: Darwin's Gift: To Science and Religion

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This book is very good to explain the science behind natural selection and emphasizes that there is no longer a missing link. It claims that natural selection is a gift to religion because natural ... Volledige recensie lezen

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The Original Version
15
Design Without Designer
27
4 Natural Selection
49
5 Arguing for Evolution
79
6 Human Evolution
95
7 Molecular Biology
117
8 Follies and Fatal Flaws
137
9 Beyond Biology
161
10 Postscript for the Cognoscenti
181
Notes
203
Acknowledgments
225
Index
227
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2007)

Camilo J. Cela-Conde is Director of the Laboratory of Human Systematics and Professor at the University of Islas Baleares (Spain). He is a Fellow (elected 1999) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is author of two books on human evolution, plus a dozen more books on
fiction, biography, essay, and science. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, mostly related to anthropology and human evolution Francisco J. Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He was awarded
the U.S. National Medal of Science for 2001. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and of Academies of Science from Italy, Russia, Spain and other countries. He has received numerous awards and gold
medals, as well as honorary degrees from six countries.

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