on Jan. 29, 2018 :
This book is unique because it seeks to enlighten BOTH those who subscribe to evolution and those who do not. Dr. Sadaphal begins by defining terms and making clear what evolution is and what it is not. The author spends the first ten or so pages clarifying the theory as explained by leading authorities. His strict focus is on the process of macroevolutionary change. Any honest scientist is fully aware of the flaws of evolutionary theory and Dr. Sadaphal exploits said flaws at its weakest point: the mechanism of big change, natural selection. The “seven reasons why natural selection does not exist” is what follows.
The seven reasons take us from the 1800s (Darwin’s Origin) to the present day with a rigorous engagement with the modern sciences including the molecular biochemistry of proteins and the information encoded in DNA. Subsequently, the author has a unique style of prose where he makes a claim, raises biting objections to his own claim and then responds in turn, strengthening his argument. These arguments are replete with references to the scientific literature. What you are left with is the meager ability to disparage minutiae like use of language, not the arguments themselves. Dr. Sadaphal raises issue with many tenuous components of evolutionary theory that many have been reluctant to admit are weak at best. He exposes said vulnerabilities, pours salt on the wound and reveals just how incapable natural selection is to provide a specific, sequential, cellular mechanism for extraordinary change.
This is a succinct little book that packs a whopping punch. While I do think the author fell short of the goal of proving that natural selection does not exist, he does a marvelous job of establishing a “logic of implausibility” so that evolution by natural selection becomes so unlikely that natural selection may as very well not exist.
Cheers and bravo for anyone not willing to succumb to groupthink and reach a logical conclusion based on reason and an honest assessment of the facts.
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on Jan. 28, 2018 :
Gets almost everything wrong, but in insidious ways. To prove this let's take a look at one of the first passages in the book, the conclusion to the section "What is Evolution? What is Natural Selection?" from page 9:
"So, finches, tigers, and frogs are all merely “bags of DNA,” and when these animals die, their genes live on."
The book's strawman of someone accepting evolution is one who thinks so lowly of animals as to consider them only "bags of DNA." When looking at just the mechanism by which DNA propagates over long time periods this may be a reasonable, if antagonistic comparison, but on the scale of individual animals this term is objectively wrong. Animals have thoughts and feelings, and make decisions based on them, and sure the basic structure of their body is sculpted by DNA but there are other factors that make even genetic clones unique.
"Biology is not concerned with purpose"
That's reserved for philosophy. Biology, like all science, is concerned with accurately describing the world based on data.
"the only real “purpose” of life is for DNA to make more copies of itself."
Only from the DNA's perspective. But unless you are assuming that you and all other living beings are extremely nihilistic life may have other purposes.
"Thus, according to Darwinism, the goal of life is survival—nothing less, nothing more."
Lol Darwinism. Is one a Newtonist if he or she believes that gravity exists? The goal of anything, including life, is not part of the scope of Biology but philosophy.
This kind of reasoning continues for the next 60 pages.
I'd give this book two stars for at least trying to come up with a consistent argument against evolution but it fails in even that by nicking many of its ideas from Kent Hovind.
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