DARWIN ON TRIAL by Phillip Johnson
Published in the early 1990s, this was the book that started the “Intelligent Design” movement, which is still burgeoning today. Johnson, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in recognizing false arguments, linguistic games people play when they are not sticking to the facts in evidence, examined the supposed “scientific proofs” of darwinian evolution and found them almost entirely without merit.
Johnson has a penchant for ruthlessly cutting right to the root of a matter. He does not dally around with the peripheral quibblings that so many creationists and darwinists often end up arguing back and forth about. Instead, Johnson relentlessly examines exactly what are the scientific evidences which “prove” that the vaunted darwinian mechanisms of natural selection and random mutation really have been shown to be capable of creating even a single entirely new, previously unknown creature in the animal kingdom. Doggedly, Johnson never veers from this path of inquiry, and the scientific data he invokes along the way is unimpeachable.
What Johnson ultimately finds is that darwinian evolution is built atop almost literally nothing in true scientific terms, but is rather founded upon a preconceived philosophy and the century-and-a-half march of resulting slanted interpretations based upon that philosophical preconception.
Stephen Jay Gould attempted to refute this book about a year after it was published but, as usual, the great Gould could only muster up more philosophy and slanted interpretations posing as real science. This book made a big splash in the 1990s, and the underground impact (for the darwinian priesthood does still control the media) is still being felt today. It’s one of those rare books that shatters a whole paradigm, that alerts the reader that the emperor really doesn’t have any clothes on.
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