The Edge of Evolution

The Edge of Evolution

The Search for the Limits of Darwinism

Book - 2007
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"With Behes book, the theory of intelligent design finally has its masterwork, a comprehensive scientific statement that draws the line between random and non-random mutation in nature, arguing that random mutation plays only a minor role in evolutionary change."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780743296205
0743296206
Branch Call Number: 576.82
Characteristics: ix, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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rswcove
Mar 29, 2016

Dr. Behe is one of the few actual scientists, a proper biologist even, to be fighting on the side of Intelligent Design. These, his bonafides, are trotted out on cue by creationists, as though argument from authority were not a logical fallacy. But it is true that he is one of the few intelligent design authors actually qualified as an expert in his field to speak on the subject at hand, and as such is the only one worth giving the time of day.

The problem, for Behe, is that this book is essentially a back pedalling from his previous book "Darwin's Black Box", as the arguments and assertions in that book have been thoroughly disproven by the wealth of physical and experimental evidence brought against them by the scientific community. Behe could not retain any shreds of respectability in the scientific community if he continued to support assertions already discredited by peer reviewed experimental research. To do so would make Behe look like a modern flat earth adherent. And so this book is his attempt to reframe his arguments and backpedal as gracefully as possible, while giving up as little ground as possible. This book is a text book example of the god of the gaps argument. And as Neil Degrasse Tyson pointed out, this argument leaves your position as "a receding pocket of ignorance."

Behe has been forced to admit on the stand in court, that he has ignored and not read relevant data that might contradict his preferred views. Behe might be an expert, but his own admissions show him to be a compromised one, and this book, taken with his previous book shine a light on how poor his position actually is.

EuSei Mar 28, 2016

Dr. Behe holds a PhD in biochemistry (dissertation on sickle-cell disease); he did postdoctoral work on DNA structure at the National Institutes of Health (which is an agency of the US Department of Health & Human Services); he is currently a Professor of Biochemistry at Lehigh University. I mean, obviously this guy is a pseudo-scientist, right?

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sgardiner
Nov 12, 2015

Tries to present itself as science, but really just creationist pseudo-science.

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naturalist
Dec 11, 2012

Creationist in denial ...
For the crushing defeat of the creationist wedge strategy, watch
"Judgment Day : Intelligent Design on Trial" 2008 DVD
Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688)
“Michael Behe, arguing that intelligent design should be allowable in public schools, admitted that his definition of science was broad enough to include astrology.” Reference: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Young_Earth_creationism
senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture,
Behe's claims about the irreducible complexity of essential cellular structures have been rejected by the vast majority of the scientific community, and his own biology department at Lehigh University published an official statement opposing Behe's views and intelligent design. .. Wiki
and,
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Michael_Behe
and,
“Michael Behe Gets His Ass Handed to Him”
https://epsilonclue.wordpress.com/2005/10/19/michael-behe-gets-his-ass-handed-to-him/

“Molecular evolution and Michael Behe”
Science Notes,
https://sciencenotes.wordpress.com/resources/molecular-evolution-and-michael-behe/
and,
“Irreducible Stupidity” posted August 7, 2013, at Atheism And The City
http://www.atheismandthecity.com/2013/08/irreducible-stupidity.html
and,
“Claims of Peer Review for Intelligent Design examined … and debunked”
posted October 7, 2012, to Skeptical Science
http://www.skeptical-science.com/science/claims-peer-review-intelligent-design-examined/
and,
“Claim CI001.4: Intelligent design in biology has been supported by several peer-reviewed journals and books” from The Talk Origins Archive
http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CI/CI001_4.html

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jbolta
Jan 02, 2012

Refreshing to read. A scientist that looks at real data and does not engage in fanciful stories.

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