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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Free Press; Auflage: Anniversary. (13. März 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0743290313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743290319
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"A persuasive book. It will speak to the layman and perhaps even to professional evolutionists as well, if they are able to suspend for a little while their own judgment about origins, the ultimate black box." -- The Washington Times

"An argument of great originality, elegance, and intellectual power. . . . No one can propose to defend Darwin without meeting the challenges set out in this superbly written and compelling book." -- David Berlinski, author of A Tour of the Calculus

"Overthrows Darwin at the end of the twentieth century in the same way that quantum theory overthrew Newton at the beginning." -- George Gilder in National Review

"[Behe] is the most prominent of the small circle of scientists working on intelligent design, and his arguments are by far the best known." -- H. Allen Orr in The New Yorker

"When examined with the powerful tools of modern biology, but not with its modern prejudices, life on a biochemical level can be a product, Behe says, only of intelligent design. Coming from a practicing biologist. . . this proposition is close to heretical." -- The New York Times Book Review


Ten years ago, "Darwin's Black Box" launched the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today, the movement is stronger than ever, and the book is a classic and an international bestseller. At last, Michael Behe has updated the book with a major new afterword on the state of the debate. The Intelligent Design movement was born when a handful of scientists realized that nature exhibits characteristics that could not have evolved by random mutation. Prominent among them was Michael Behe, a microbiologist working in a field that Darwin could not even have imagined existing. Microbiology has discovered staggering complexity at the cellular level of life and during his research Behe made a stunning discovery: some parts of life are irreducibly complex. They cannot function without all of their parts. Yet, step-by-step genetic mutations would never produce all of those parts together at once. Some parts of the biological world must have been designed.

From one end of the spectrum to the other, "Darwin's Black Box" has established itself as the key text in the intelligent design movement, the one argument that must be addressed in order to determine whether Darwinian evolution is sufficient to explain life as we know it, or not.

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Behe cleans up with the idea that the Creator God or the Intelligent Designer is a stopgap for the lack of explanation potency. The representatives of a belief in a Creator are often ridiculed for their assumption that they can fill their explanation gap not scientifically, but only with the idea of a Creator. Therefore, since they are not scientific, they cannot be taken serious. Intelligent Design is nothing but a stopgap, they say. Is this true?
Hardly, because they who support "Intelligent Design" or "Creation" do not have the argument of creation from lack of the needed knowledge. Instead they have their argument from a specific knowledge which is the knowledge about intelligent existence. How? Humans are of an intelligent existence which canot be denied. Humans, who are intelligent beings, plan and create. We know this, so the argument of creation by intelligence is an argument of knowledge, of experience, whereas evolution has no experience on its side. Evolution is the unproved assumption.
But many scientists say that there is no place within science for creation ideas. Creation is for them a constructed argument, based on lack of knowledge. Since science does not yet know how biology really came into being with al its complex systems, they even do not know how natural processes started - evolutionists having nothing more than only theories - it is plain, these Intelligent Design proponents say that a creator or Intelligent design must fill the gap- this is plain for those who want to believe this.
But those who believe this ,and Behe seems to belong to them, make clear that their decision to belief is based on the knowledge that all we know for sure is that intelligence can be made responsible for intelligently constructed entities.
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Enlightenment... or Not? 23. Mai 2007
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I picked this book up several years ago after reading an essay entitled "The Deniable Darwin" by David Berlinski. I thought the book was excellent and recommend it to those seeking to explore the "Evolution vs. Intelligent Design" debate.

Consider those who claim to have debunked this book carefully. The so-called "debunking" of the irreduceable complexity of the bacterial flagellum and the blood-clotting cascade are out there online for anyone who knows how to use a search engine. Check it out. Behe has responded online to his critics as well. Judge for yourself who fares better.

Many of Behe's critics here point to the Dover school board decision as settling the issue once and for all. But science doesn't work that way. Yesterday's heretic is today's hero.

Behe's argument that irreduceable complexity at the cellular level can't be explained by Darwinist principles is a powerful one. He's the barbarian at the gate. Don't take my word for it - listen to the shrill tone of the critics here. They take this book personally - I mean they really hate it. When they defend their theory by personally attacking its critic as they've done here, one has to wonder "What's up"?

What's fascinating is that the critics of Behe's book dismiss him and all of his supporters as religious fanatics. They snort and say "It's not science"... Again, judge for yourselves. This book is what it says it is, a challenge to evolution. So far, they haven't really answered it, although they say they have.

So-called microevolution is not disputed by anyone. Macroevolution is another matter entirely. There is no theory (except for Gould's punctuated equilibrium) that adequately addresses the fossil record. And if evolution is gradual (as it must be), what to say about the so-called Cambrian Explosion, 510 million years ago, when most if not all the major phyla (types of life) came into being in just a few million years? That means every major type of specialized cell for all the different types of life on earth- they all came into existence within an extremely short period, geologically speaking. There's really no explanation for it. Prior to Behe's book, the problem of the fossil record and the Cambrian Explosion were two of the biggest challenges to evolution. Now we add irreduceable complexity.

A hundred years ago the physicists who proposed and supported the "Big Bang" theory to explain their observations of the night skies were mocked, ostracized from their faculties, etc... for being "Creationists" and "Christians" in supporting such a Creationist-friendly idea. Today the Big Bang is taken as fact, with little or no attention paid to the religious element - it's science, plain and simple.

Two of Darwinism's biggest supporters (Dennett and Dawkins) have just published books arguing that religion and God are of no use - delusions that have run their course. Dawkins even made a film about it. It's truly a passion with him - "curing" people of the God Delusion (the title of his book).

Is that a type of science? Is Dawkins's premise (there is no God) falsifiable? Hint: it's impossible to prove a negative. Dawkins's unshakeable convictions approach that of an Evangelical Christian, his "faith" in atheism is truly absolute. As is the faith of the other atheists posting reviews of this book.

In and of itself that's not a problem. But when they support evolution by addressing its critics with ad hominem personal attacks, evolution can't help but take on the cloak of an "anti-religion", and these fundamentalist atheists have not done the science underlying this controversy any favors at all.

And they actually wonder why 70% of the population doesn't believe in evolution.
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Judging by the emotive responses, there are few people able to view this topic objectively or dispassionately.

This book is an interesting journey through microbiology that was unimaginable only a few short decades ago. Behe's arguments are easy to understand. He has already made his point by the end of chapter two: the rest of the book is almost overkill. Evolutionists claim that "most of his arguments have been debunked" but I have seen little evidence of this.
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Behe wrote in the Preface to this 1996 book, "Darwin was ignorant of the reason for variation within a species... It was once expected that the basis of life would be exceedingly simple. That expectation has been smashed... the elegance and complexity of biological systems at the molecular level have paralyzed science's attempt to account for the origin of specific, complex biomolecular systems..." (Pg. x) He clarifies, "I have no reason to doubt that the universe is ... billions of years old ... I find the idea of common descent ... fairly convincing, and have no particular reason to doubt it... Although Darwin's mechanism ... might explain many things... I do not believe it explains molecular life." (Pg. 5-6) [NOTE: page numbers refer to the 307-page hardcover editon.]

He notes, "Darwin convinced many of his readers that an evolutionary pathway leads from the simplest light-sensitive spot to the sophistaced camera-eye of man. But the question of how vision began remained unanswered... he did not even try to explain where his starting point---the relatively simple light-sensitive spot---came from." (Pg. 18) He states, "Each of the anatomical steps and structures that Darwin thought were so simple actually involves staggeringly complicated biochemical processes... Anatomy is... irrelevant to the question of whether evolution could take place on the molecular level. So is the fossil record... Until recently, evolutionary biologists could be unconcerned with the molecular details of life because so little was known about them. Now the black box of the cell has been opened, and the infinitesimal world that stands revealed must be explained." (Pg. 22)

He asks, "What type of biological system could not be formed by 'numerous, successive, slight modifications'? ... a system that is irreducibly complex... composed of several well-matched, interacting parts ... wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning." (Pg. 39)For an example, "What components are needed for a cilium to work? Ciliary motion certainly requires microtubules... Additionally it requires a motor... it requires linkers to tug on neighboring strands... All of these parts are required... Just as a mousetrap does not work unless all of its constituent parts are present, ciliary motion simply does not exist in the absence of microtubules, connectors, and motors. Therefore we can conclude that the cilium is irreducibly complex---an enormous monkey wrench thrown into its presumed gradual, Darwinian evolution." (Pg. 64-65) He adds, "Other examples of irreducible complexity abound, including aspects of DNA replication, electron transport, telomere synthesis, photosynthesis, transcription regulation, and more." (Pg. 160)

He asserts, "Neither of Darwin's starting points---the origin of life, and the origin of vision---has been accounted for by his theory. Darwin never imagined the exquisitely profound complexity that exists even at the most basic levels of life." (Pg. 173) But he also adds, "To say that Darwinian evolution cannot explain everything in nature is not to say that evolution, random mutation, and natural selection do not occur... I believe the evidence strongly supports common descent. But the root question remains unanswered: What has caused complex systems to form?" (Pg. 175-176)

He argues, "Molecular evolution is not based on scientific authority. There is no publication in the scientific literature... that describes how molecular evolution of any real, complex, biochemical system either did occur or even might have occurred. There are assertions that such evolution occurred, but absolutely none are supported by pertinent experiments or calculations... the assertion of Darwinian molecular evolution is merely bluster." (Pg. 185-186) Instead, he endorses the concept of "intelligent design" ["the purposeful arrangement of parts"; pg. 193]. He notes that Kenneth Miller [Finding Darwin's God] "is like myself a Roman Catholic, and he makes the point ... that belief in evolution is quite compatible with his religious views. I agree ... that they are compatible..." (Pg. 239)

This book is absolute "MUST READING" for anyone even remotely interested in evolutionary theory, or in the Creation/Evolution/Intelligent Design controversies---regardless of which side (if any) of the debate one is on.
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Compelling and Mindboggling 15. März 2015
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"A single flaw in the cell's labyrinthine protein-transport pathway is fatal. Unless the entire system were immediately in place, our ancestors would have suffered a similar fate. Attempts at a gradual evolution of the protein transport system are a recipe for extinction." ~ Michael Behe

To say "Darwin's Black Box" is challenging is a bit of an understatement. Unless you were paying close attention in biology class and have read the appendix of this book, some of this book may be a little complex. Even Michael Behe suggests you may want to read a biochemistry textbook. At least if you have pictures of cells and DNA in your mind this book is easier to understand. Especially if you've seen it all animated in a film - that makes it even more interesting.

Michael Behe's main point is that life is based on highly sophisticated molecular machines. And he believes these machines were designed by someone intelligent. I will have to admit that the bacterial flagellar motor shouts "I'm designed." You just have to see the picture to believe it.

Part One and Part Three of this book are easier to read than Part Two. Part Two contains some mind-blowingly complex explanations. You will be amazed at the complexity of life, especially blood clotting and how the immune system works. You will finally understand irreducible complexity completely. A lot of authors throw that concept around but Behe makes sure you understand it deeply. You will see how systems that require several components to function could not have evolved.

I think Michael Behe is a true scientist because he is not afraid of asking very difficult questions and he goes where the evidence leads. He is constantly asking "why?, how?, when?". He also comes to very logical conclusions and is sometimes lol funny. This is not however a religious book and God is only briefly mentioned in passing.

What I did enjoy about this book was how Michael Behe made very complex things sometimes seem more simple with excellent stories and explanations. I approached reading this book with apprehension but I came away with the delight of discovery. While this book was written 19 years ago I feel it is still very relevant today. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in Intelligent Design. I felt that my whole life prepared me to read this book. So I'm not sorry I waited so long to read it.

~The Rebecca Review
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Well done presentation for the evidence from a very scientific point of view. 18. August 2014
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Excellent book! Very good presentation of the evidence - very thorough and a bit much to follow at times. Michael Behe does a very straight-forward job of presenting the facts, and goes into quite a bit of detail, to seriously consider Intelligent Design as a viable alternative to Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary theory. He gets into the intricacies and complexity of the cell, DNA, what seems designed. He basically presents the evidence in a very sober, scientific point of view, showing how several organisms are irreducibly complex and could not have evolved. He does a good job of presenting the evidence for what it is.
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