Summary: Denying Evolution aims at taking a fresh look at the evolution-creation controversy. It presents a truly "balanced" treatment, not in the sense of treating creationism as a legitimate scientific theory (it demonstrably is not), but in the sense of dividing the blame for the controversy equally between creationists and scientists -- the former for subscribing to various forms of anti-intellectualism, the latter for discounting science education and pr
esenting science as scientism to the public and the media. The central part of the book focuses on a series of creationist fallacies (aimed at showing errors of thought, not at deriding) and of mistakes by scientists and science educators. The last part of the book discusses long-term solutions to the problem, from better science teaching at all levels to the necessity of widespread understanding of how the brain works and why people have difficulties with critical thinking.
Summary: Denying Evolution aims at taking a fresh look at the evolution-creation controversy. It presents a truly "balanced" treatment, not in the sense of treating creationism as a legitimate scientific theory (it demonstrably is not), but in the sense of dividing the blame for the controversy equally between creationists and scientists -- the former for subscribing to various forms of anti-intellectualism, the latter for discounting science education and presenting science as scientism to the public and the media. The central part of the book focuses on a series of creationist fallacies (aimed at showing errors of thought, not at deriding) and of mistakes by scientists and science educators. The last part of the book discusses long-term solutions to the problem, from better science teaching at all levels to the necessity of widespread understanding of how the brain works and why people have difficulties with critical thinking. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:02 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Sinauer Associates, Inc. Published: 06/01/2002 International: No
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Introduction -- How Did I Get into This Mess?
1. Where Did the Controversy Come From?
Opposition in Darwin's Time Darwin Comes to America The Scopes Trial Creationist Legal Defeats after Scopes
2. Evolution-Creationism 101
The Multiple Forms of Creationism "Scientific Creationism" The Intelligent Design Movement What Evolution Is and Is Not
3. One Side of the Coin: The Dangers of Anti-intellectualism
Forms of anti-intellectualism: Anti-rationalism Anti-elitism Unreflective Instrumentalism Unreflective Hedonism Post-modernism
4. The Other Side of the Coin: The Problem with Scientism
Weinberg's "Against Philosophy" and Other Forms of Scientism The Opposite Extreme: Houston Smith's Anti-science Ideology The Scientific Method and Its Limits Logical Positivism as the Quintessence of Scientism Science as a Social Process The Philosophical Assumptions of the Scientific Method The Principle of Consilience of Evidence
5. Creationist Fallacies
"Science Must Be Ethical" "Scientific Discussion Is a Sign of Crisis" "It's 'Just' a Theory" "Natural Means Random" "The World Can Be Understood by Common Sense" "We Win by Default" "Living Organisms Are Obviously Supernaturally Designed" "It's a Debate about Origins" "Science Is an Arbitrary Assemblage of Facts" "Education Must Be Democratic" "Science Is a Religion"
6. Some Major Recurring Points in the Controversy
The Second Principle of Thermodynamics The Origin of Life The Cambrian Explosion "There Are No Intermediate Fossils"
7. Scientific Fallacies
The Big One: The Rationalistic Fallacy There Are Plenty of Things We Don't Understand about Evolution Science Does Not Understand Well Other Components of the "Origins" Question Hoaxes and Frauds Science is Not Simple To Teach
8. What do we do about it?
The Icons of Evolution Get Out of the Ivory Tower, or It Will Crumble Teaching Science to Science Teachers Hands On and Brains Off? The Paradox of Science Education and Paranormal Belief The Neurobiology of Learning
Conclusion: The Controversy That Never Ends
Appendix A. Hume on Intelligent Design: Excerpt and Commentary from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Appendix B. William Jennings Bryan's Last Speech
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