The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design
Stephen C. Meyer
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.
In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms.
Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.
Read the book and read the scientific literature for yourself. Dr Meyer is correct in the data he presents, but many will not like his conclusions. As someone who works in the scientific community I know that Dr Meyer is not exaggerating the Cambrian explosion. This continues to be a severe challenge to naturalism (and shows no signs of going away). Darwin was honest in his critique of his own theory, but unfortunately this character is rarely demonstrated in his "disciples".
This book is heavily researched and gives due attention to counterarguments. From what I can tell from the one star reviews, they have only read the blurb. None give any evidence of knowing what is in the book.
The Darwinists are going to hate this truth!
I have read Dr Meyer's "Signature in the Cell" and loved what he brought out concerning what science is showing us about the world around us. So much has changed from Darwin's day that it's near impossible to believe he would still hold to his original theory if he knew what modern science is discovering. Darwin's Doubt is a brilliant example of why Darwin would have to second guess his own ideas. Darwin already recognized the problem that Meyer brings out in this book but he simply assumed that the problem would go away in the future as more fossils were found......he assumed incorrectly. If anything the problem is exacerbated by the new discoveries in microbiology and paleontology.
Growing up did you ever notice that throughout every grade they only talked about what they thought the strengths of Darwinian evolution were but they never talked about the weaknesses of Darwinian evolution? Makes you wonder if the school system is really interested in educating children as opposed to indoctrinating them. This book finally gives you 'the other side' of the argument. Meyer carefully dissects the Pre Cambrian to Cambrian problems that still have yet to be resolved and, with all of the fossils we've found in the past 100+ years, it appears the problem will never be resolved. Meyer takes apart all of the naturalistic arguments piece by piece and actually comes away with a known mechanism that can explain what we see in the world around us. This is a refreshing change from the tiresome 'Nature of the Gaps' argument constantly presented by the materialists. Instead of filling the gaps with 'nature-did-it' Meyer actually presents a very solid case to explain this Cambrian conundrum.
A must read for those that prefer science based on the most modern finds science has to offer as opposed to the outdated textbooks and aged 'nature-did-it' gap fill arguments.