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Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design [Paperback]

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Much confusion surrounds the theory of intelligent design. Frequently misrepresented by the media, politicians, and local school boards, intelligent design can be defended on purely scientific grounds in accordance with the same rigorous methods that apply to every proposed origin-of-life theory.

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A Compelling Case for Intelligent Design Based on Revolutionary Discoveries in Science

In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer has written the first comprehensive DNA-based argument for intelligent design. As he tells the story of successive attempts to unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address--how did life begin?--Meyer develops the case for this often-misunderstood theory using the same scientific method that Darwin himself pioneered. Offering a fresh perspective on one of the enduring mysteries of modern biology, Meyer convincingly reveals that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or "giving up on science," but instead on compelling, and mounting, scientific evidence.

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Pages   611
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 22, 2010
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0061472794  
EAN  9780061472794  


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DNA  Dec 27, 2009
Nature does not have the ability to make wise decisions, yet DNA is a record of past wise decisions.
 
Worthless - don't waste your money  Dec 25, 2009
I bought this book to read about the evidence for the ID with an open mind. This book does not read well at all...for the most part instead of sticking to scientific "evidence" and making the right connections, the author seems to go off on tangents. No matter what your opinion is regarding ID, this book is not a good read at all. Waste of my money.

 
Evidence for Intelligence  Dec 24, 2009
This book is an excellent review of the clear evidence of Intelligent Design in biological science and a critical review of solid arguments against the dominant but still unproven theory of Darwinism.
My sincere recommendations.
Dr. Tobias Mattei
Neurosurgery - Instituto de Neurologia de Curitiba - BRAZIL
 
Solid Agruments, Excellent Questions Raised  Dec 24, 2009
Check this book out for yourself; it deserves careful reading and consideration. Meyer is dealing with really heavy and important stuff here, but this book is not arcane or obscure. Just about any reasonably educated and informed person can follow Meyer's argument. It is clear and well laid out. It also does not make assumptions in advance about how things have to be. It looks very closely at the evidence, and while not everybody will agree with his conclusion, they do need to consider the case that Meyer has made.

Long ago, the authorities of the past, such as Aristotle, had great influence on how people saw the natural world, and also on their imaginations. Since the Middle Ages, there have been repeated revolutions in our understandings of what our world is and how it works. These were based on evidence. In the case of most of the physical sciences, this was from repeatable experiments. For the historical sciences, the development of scientific understanding was based both on the evidence and on logical inference. An example of this would be the acceptance of plate tectonics in geology.

We are now finding that there is an enormous amount of information in DNA and in cells. The concept of information as being an important part of the universe is relatively new, and Meyer lays out this issue very well. Interactions of matter and energy are probably sufficient to account for the formation of stars in our galaxy, but Meyer shows that internal activities of a cell absolutely require information and its processing to function properly.


 
This book is the coup de grace to Natualism and Neo-Darwinism  Dec 24, 2009
The folks who left low-star ratings for this book, as you'll notice, offered ad hominen attacks but NO arguments.

I'm supposing that's because they have no arguments. They seem to have a preconceived mind-set that is hostile to any non-materialistic explanation for the existence of digitally encoded functionally specified information--even when that explanation is the best explanation.

If you disagree with Meyer's analysis then present your arguments and show us where he went astray.

The truth is that Meyer thoroughly and painstakingly obliterates the hypothesis put forward by Naturalist's and Neo-Darwinist's that digitally encoded and functionally specified information can arise by blind, directionless, unintentional chance, physical necessity, or any combination thereof. I can see how this might be disturbing if you have ruled out non-materialistic explanations from the get go

This book is one GIANT nail in the coffin to Naturalistic explanations of life. Meyer lays out and rigorously defends the syllogism:

1. Digitally encoded specified information arises only from intelligence

2. The biological cell contains digitally coded functionally specified information
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Therefore, the information within the cell has an intelligent source

There is no hand waving in this book. He critically examines all alternatives and uses the scientific method of abductive reasoning to arrive at the best and only plausible explanation which is that the digitally encoded functionally specified information found in the cell has only one known source---intelligence.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to go wherever the data leads.

Also, the Appendix is lengthy and filled with very exciting new discoveries which create further insurmountably problems to Neo-Darwinism.

 

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