Signature in the Cell
Stephen C. Meyer
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One hundred fifty years ago, Charles Darwin revolutionized biology, but did he refute intelligent design (ID)? In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer argues that he did not.
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.
Signature in the Cell is the first book to make a comprehensive case for intelligent design based upon DNA. Meyer embarks on an odyssey of discovery as he investigates current evolutionary theories and the evidence that ultimately led him to affirm intelligent design. Clearly defining what ID is and is not, Meyer shows that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or "giving up on science," but instead upon our growing scientific knowledge of the information stored in the cell.
A leading proponent of intelligent design in the scientific community, Meyer presents a compelling case that will generate heated debate, command attention, and find new adherents from leading scientists around the world.
Yes this book is a tome. However you will not be disappointed. Signature in the Cell is a profoundly written treatise on the science, history, and philosophy of the intelligent design argument It is also a scathing - but intellectually and scientifically accurate - critique of every known refutation of ID.
Moreover, he adroitly explains and dismantles the reigning scientific theories and ideologically based alternatives to ID, showing that neither math, physics, biology, information theory, common sense, and in most cases the evidence gives any substantive basis for believing that Darwinian evolution is feasible. He doesn't come out and say it, but any intelligent reader will conclude that chance and mutation as viable mechanisms for the whole Darwinian project are not only falsifiable, but clearly erroneous.
You can disagree with Meyer's conclusions but you can't say he is rehashing the same old arguments, trying to smuggle reeling into the discussion, or just a creationist trying to repackage those ideas. If you do you haven't read the book or are being intellectually dishonest.
Worth the effort
This book impresses as much for the extent to which the author goes to give coverage and credit to viewpoints he argues against, as it does for the rigor used in making his own case. Regardless of one's conclusions, there is a rich discussion of information theory and scientific reasoning. It would probably have five stars if it had been better edited; the distinction between "summarizing your points" and simply repeating oneself sometimes seems to get lost. Style points aside, it raises fascinating points any thinking person would benefit from evaluating.
Signature in a Cell
This book is as good a survey of origin-of-life research as anyone can ask. It covers the ground comprehensively and quotes widely from prominent experts in the field.
I noticed earlier that a number of reviewers attack the author, with no mention of the book's content. A sure sign of an ax to grind.