Shattering the Myths of Darwinism
Paperback ISBN: 0892818840
Compelling evidence that the most important assumptions on which Darwinism rests are wrong.Â The controversial best-seller that sent Oxford University and Nature magazine into a frenzy has at last come to the United States. Shattering the Myths of Darwinism exposes the gaping holes in an ideology that has reigned unchallenged over the scientific world for a century. Darwinism is considered to be hard fact, the only acceptable explanation for the formation of life on Earth, but with keen insight and objectivity Richard Milton reveals that the theory totters atop a shambles of outdated and circumstantial evidence which in any less controversial field would have been questioned long ago. Sticking to the facts at hand and tackling a vast array of topics, Shattering the Myths of Darwinism offers compelling evidence that the theory of evolution has become an act of faith rather than a functioning science, and that not until the scientific method is applied to it and the right questions are asked will we ever get the true answers to the mystery of life on Earth.Â
The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom
Hardcover ISBN: 1681771667
An ecologist who has worked with Scientific American, PBS Digital Studios and Discovery World describes the difficult, varied, often violent and utterly fascinating mating and reproductive habits of the animal kingdom in their natural habitats.
Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God
Hardcover ISBN: 0061828505
Greg Gaffin--a founder of the punk band Bad Religion, who also happens to lecturing professor of evolution at UCLA--describes his own coming of age as an artist, as well as the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions involving God, science and human meaning. 40,000 first printing.
The Blind Watchmaker
Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
Paperback ISBN: 0393315703
Clarifies the seemingly implausible aspects of Darwin's theory, drawing on the famous watch comparison argued by William Paley, the eighteenth-century theologian
Climbing Mount Improbable
Paperback ISBN: 0393316823
Arguing that the perfection of the human body is the result of improbable mutation, a prominent Darwinian uses the metaphor of climbing a mountain to illustrate how natural perfection is due to the unending journey of DNA through time
A Devil's Chaplain
Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science and Love
Hardcover ISBN: 0618335404
The influential scientist and author of Unweaving the Rainbow presents a collection of incisive essays that explores such topics as religion, mysticism, modern educational methods, pseudoscience, Africa, and such late colleagues as Douglas Adams and Stephen Jay Gould. 17,500 first printing.
The Whole Story
Hardcover ISBN: 1770854819
Evolution: The Whole Story provides an in-depth and up-to-the- minute account of evolution, one of the ultimate keystone theories in modern science. Ten esteemed experts thoroughly survey how each of Earth's major groups of living things diversified and evolved through time and using visual features that make the story comprehensible, the book gives readers, even those with no previous knowledge of the topic, a clear understanding of evolution and how it brought us to the present day. Each of seven chapters takes one of Earth's major living groups and describes the evolution of its subgroups and how they diversified and evolved. The stories are fascinating. In some cases, a subgroup fell off the evolutionary chain, like the dinosaurs that were part of the Early Reptiles group, and which became extinct by the second extinction event. In other cases, a living subgroup may contain a life form virtually the same as its evolutionary ancestors, such as the horseshoe crab from the Invertebrates group, which is a "living fossil" closely related to prehistoric sea scorpions. Along with profiles of the most important scientists that have influenced evolutionary theory, the book reveals how these advances have added to and often changed the story. For example, the now-extinct Pederpes, formerly thought to be a fish, was restudied and reclassified in 2002 and is now known to be the first four-limbed vertebrate to evolve to a life on land. Evolution: The Whole Story makes the story of evolution comprehensible, straightforward and stimulating. The introduction provides an important overview. It includes: - Modern evolutionary theory - Terms such as convergent evolution and speciation; time charts and their eras, periods and epochs - Explanations of graphic devices such as phylogenies and cladograms that depict evolutionary relationships - How we know or surmise about long-gone animals, plants, habitats, and ecosystems - Factors and pressures that drove evolution - How fossils formed and are studied. Having laid the base for readers, the story begins. Important features include: - Thematic essays that provide a complete account of all the major life groups, explaining in detail their comparative anatomy and evolutionary legacies. - Photographic features that investigate the characteristics of individual organisms, including living species, fossils and skeletons, and how they are direct ancestors or relatives to members of modern life groups. - 160 Key Focus features that investigate topics of particular interest. - Stimulating lifelike reconstructions of past habitats and ecosystems. - Historical timelines highlighting key evolutionary events and discoveries. - In-depth coverage of 20 eminent scientists that have made major contributions to our understanding of evolution. - Coverage of Mass Extinctions in their chronological position on the evolutionary timescale. The 160 Key Focus features investigate topics that add color while they reveal important developments in evolution and its study. Examples are: - Hallucigenia, a wormlike creature so odd that a scientist thought he was hallucinating. - Flowers, insects and co-evolution -- how organisms can progress "hand-in-hand" - Peripatus, today's walking worm with stumpy legs, which may show how arthropods evolved - Eurypterus, at almost 5 feet long it was a real monster for its time. - Arthropleura, a giant millipede-like arthropod the size of a sports car. - Othniel Charles Marsh, Edward Drinker Cope and the Bone Wars, as rivals competed to find the biggest, best dinosaur fossils. - Hobbits, an amazing discovery in 2003 of 3-feet-tall fossil humans -- are they a distinct species? - Reversing evolution and de-extinction -- will we be able to "de-extinct" long-gone species? - Gigantopithecus, a 10-feet-tall close cousin of humans living in Asia up to 100,000 years ago. - Today's sea eagle -- what modern eagles tell us about the evolution of their group. - Are new species evolving? Evolutionary theorists, paleontologists, paleoecologists, molecular biologists, geneticists, climatologists, the occasional amateur fossil-hunter, and many more people, have contributed to our understanding of evolution. Their passion and work will continue to unravel the complex and challenging story, but in the meantime, Evolution: The Whole Story reveals the compelling evidence we have today. This book is ideal for all general readers and anyone working in or interested in fields related to the study of evolution. It is an essential selection.
The Evolution Explosion
How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change
Paperback ISBN: 0393323382
A critical look at evolution examines the slow process that ruled the rise and fall of the dinosaurs over hundreds of millions of years, the speedy process that causes drugs to fail because a disease evolves too quickly, and how human impact effects our own evolution. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.