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by Douglas J. Futuyma

eBook Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution download ISBN: 0394523717
Author: Douglas J. Futuyma
Publisher: Pantheon Books; 1st edition (December 1, 1982)
Language: English
Pages: 251
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Douglas Joel Futuyma (born 1942) is an American biologist who is professor of ecology and evolution at the State .

Douglas Joel Futuyma (born 1942) is an American biologist who is professor of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also written books such as Evolutionary Biology. He wrote in the Preface to this 1983 book, "In the following pages I shall describe the evidence for evolution, explain how the evolutionary process is thought to operate, expose the fallacies in the arguments that creationists use, and place the controversy in a larger scientific and social context.

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The book has been regarded as highly effective in making the argument for evolution and as a tool for discussing the topic with those who are uncertain; philosopher of biology Michael Ruse.

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Dr. Futuyma certainly does enough figurative hair pulling and garment rending in this book whenever the thought of creationists comes to his mind

A remarkable book presenting arguments in favor of evolution as a counter to the rise of creationism. Dr. Futuyma certainly does enough figurative hair pulling and garment rending in this book whenever the thought of creationists comes to his mind. A SUNY professor, and author of a well-known textbook on Evolutionary Biology, DJF writes this most interesting book for the layman interested in learning more about the case for evolution.

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Abstracting and indexing. Invisible Designers: Brain Evolution Through the Lens of Parasite Manipulation. Polydactyly in Development, Inheritance, and Evolution. Lange et al. 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. The University of Chicago Press Books.

In its scope and emphases, Evolution is a readily recognized descendant of the author's previous textbook, Evolutionary Biology. However, it is much shorter and is exclusively directed toward an undergraduate audience. Teachers and students will find the list of important concepts and terms in each chapter a helpful guide, and will appreciate the radically different dynamic figures and lively photographs. A new final chapter on "Evolutionary Science, Creationism, and Society" treats such topics as the nature of science and the practical applications of evolutionary biology.

Douglas J. Futuyma Douglas Joel Futuyma Born1942New York . Futuyma Douglas Joel Futuyma Born1942New York nsUniversity of MichiganState University of New York at Stony. His most recent textbook, Evolution, was published early in 2005 as an introductory textbook for undergraduates. Futuyma is also the co-author with M. Slatkin of "Coevolution". Futuyma has been president of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and of the American Society of Naturalists.

Futuyma, Douglas J. Bibliographic Citation. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983. Litigating the Brain-Damaged Baby Case. Related Items in Google Scholar.

A noted evolutionary biologist examines the creation controversy, explaining the fallacies behind the claims of creationists and providing a straightforward interpretation of the theory of evolution
Comments: (7)
Jode
If you ever find yourself debating evolution with a creationist (and wishing you remembered your Bible stories and biology lessons better), this is the book for you. Unlike some other writers, Futuyma shows that he understands creationist arguments and can speak to the unique perspective of the religious fundamentalists. Along the way, he presents a case for evolution that is understandable, interesting, easy to read and compelling. If any single book has a chance of persuading an honest and curious creationist to reconsider, this is it.
Kinashand
Dr. Futuyma certainly does enough figurative hair pulling and garment rending in this book whenever the thought of creationists comes to his mind. A SUNY professor, and author of a well-known textbook on Evolutionary Biology, DJF writes this most interesting book for the layman interested in learning more about the case for evolution. While there are numerous books of this type in print today, Futuyma emphasizes topics not stressed in some of the others. He discusses the history of evolution from early times up to the neo-Darwinism of today. Interesting chapters follow on the fossil record - including a good section on the evolution of the horse -, natural selection, chance and mutation, and the basic concepts of scientific knowledge.
The author presents many of the creationist arguments, and spends time refuting them. As I mentioned above, he really gets irate when he considers their criticisms of evolutionary theory. "Abysmally ignorant", "nonsense", and "absurd" are some of the modifiers he uses when discussing them. His main points are that creationists perform no original research of their own, but instead try to discredit evolution by such means as: quoting scientists out of context; using disagreements between scientists as evidence that evolution is in trouble; conveniently disregarding evidence that they cannot explain; and promoting arguments inappropriately such as the second law of thermodynamics.
There are other excellent books to read on this subject. My favorites are The Blind Watchmaker by R. Dawkins, and Abusing Science by Philip Kitcher. This one deservedly belongs on the same bookshelf, unless of course, you are a creationist.
deadly claw
Arrived quickly, and as described. Thank you!
Thohelm
I bought this book hoping to read about a large amount of scientific evidence to back up the Theory of Evolution. While the author did include some evidence it seemed as if he took every opportunity to attack anything religious. After reading this book I felt like the author had wasted his time and never really addressed the issue at hand.
Vichredag
This book truly exposes "Creation Science" as a sham, and proudly reasons through why. Offering inciteful information and diagrams, he carefully tears down the banner of lies held high by hard core creationists. However, even as it destroys creationist arguments, it displays current biological information that supports evolution 100%. Truly a book for the age when people are considering putting "creation science" in the classroom and Christian clubs bring lecturers into school to preach creationism. All those that don't face the fact of evolution after reading this book will never be convinced. Reading this with "Evolution: The fossils say NO!" and its sister "Evolution: The Fossils still say NO!" is an enjoyable experience, since Futuyma shows both these books to be ridiculous misconceptions of the facts.
Ramsey`s
Douglas Joel Futuyma (born 1942) is an American biologist who is professor of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also written books such as Evolutionary Biology. He wrote in the Preface to this 1983 book, "In the following pages I shall describe the evidence for evolution, explain how the evolutionary process is thought to operate, expose the fallacies in the arguments that creationists use, and place the controversy in a larger scientific and social context. I hope to show that the attack on evolution is an attack on science in general; that to accept the doctrine of creation... is to be guided by wishful thinking rather than by reason..." (Pg. xi)

He states, "The facts of embryology... make little sense except in light of evolution. Why should species that ultimately develop adaptations for utterly different ways of life be nearly indistinguishable in their early stages? How does God's plan for humans and sharks require them to have almost identical embryos?" (Pg. 48) He adds, "creationists are quite silent on the question of why the wings of birds and bats should be so utterly different in structure---why the structure of a bat's wing should resemble that of a monkey's hand more than that of a bird's wing." (Pg. 57)

He points out, "Another kind of prediction that taxonomists can make on the basis of logical deduction is that certain kinds of characteristics, not yet examined, should fit a phylogentic tree. Such predictions have been beutifully borne out in many cases when the molecular structure of various species' proteins has been examined." (Pg. 55) He argues that "There is no [fossil] gap between thrushes and wrens, between lizards and snakes, or between sharks and skates. A complete gamut of intermediate species runs from the great white shark to the butterfly ray, and each step in the series is a small one... Naturally, some gaps do exist... But in many such cases, we find that quite discrete categories... become more and more blurred as we go back in the fossil record." (Pg. 58)

About chemical evolution experiments, he observes that "It is important to realize that although human intelligence is guiding such experiments, chemists are not making RNA molecules by carefully stringing together nucleotides with sophisticated chemical techniques. They are simply providing in the laboratory the chemical and environmental conditions that are believed to have existed naturally billions of years ago." (Pg. 96)

He notes, "As Darwin pointed out, humans share with apes vestigial features that are clearly homologous... with those of other mammals, such as now useless muscles that once moved the ears and tail, and the vertebrae of the tail itself." (Pg. 100) Later, he adds, "There is not the slightest reason to think that many vestigial structures, which violate rational design, have any function. The pelvic bones of pythons and the rudimentary wings of many insects have no known function, and related species of snakes and insects lack them altogether." (Pg. 225)

He argues, "So is it true, as the creationists claim, that good mutations are vanishingly rare? Certainly it is true that many, many mutations are harmful. But even if only one hundredth of 1 percent of all mutations are beneficial, 20,000 of them should crop up in the gypsy moths of Long Island just this year." (Pg. 141) Against the creationsts' argument that evolution is not scientifically testable, he suggests, "Many conceivable observations, such as mammalian fossils in Precambrian rocks, could refute the hypothesis of evolution." (Pg. 222)

This is an excellent, detailed critique of creationist arguments as well as a presentation of many persuasive arguments in favor of evolution. Though thirty years old, this book is still an excellent resource for anyone studying the Creation/Evolution controversy.