The Edge of Evolution

The Edge of Evolution

The Search for the Limits of Darwinism

Book - 2007
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Draws on new findings in genetics to pose an argument for intelligent design that refutes Darwinian beliefs about evolution while offering alternative analyses of such factors as disease, random mutations, and the human struggle for survival.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780743296205
Branch Call Number: QH367.3 .B44 2007x
Characteristics: ix, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 16, 2019

It's surprising that people still take this nutjob's books seriously!
Michael Behe has been debunked, defrocked and humiliated in so many court cases he has been reduced to a joke. When cross-examined in a case where he claimed to be an expert witness, he was forced to admit he never read the papers of any academics that disagreed with his own views! The judge booted him out of court, referring to his 'breathtaking inanity'.

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?

Nov 12, 2015

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

Dec 11, 2012

Irreducible Idiocy, a creationist apologist in denial ...
“Peer-reviewed creationist research? HAHAHAhahahahaha!”
by Phil Plait, posted May 1, 2007, at Bad Astronomy
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:
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
“Michael Behe Gets His Ass Handed to Him”

“Molecular evolution and Michael Behe”
Science Notes,
“Irreducible Stupidity” posted August 7, 2013, at Atheism And The City
“Claims of Peer Review for Intelligent Design examined … and debunked”
posted October 7, 2012, to Skeptical Science
“Claim CI001.4: Intelligent design in biology has been supported by several peer-reviewed journals and books”
from The Talk Origins Archive

Jan 02, 2012

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


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