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If you have been interested in evolution for any length of time, you know about the Scopes trial where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow squared off over evolution. In Darwin on Trial, professor and attorney Phillip Johnson plays judge in...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Lawyer Applies Tests of Proof, 29. August 2012
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"Execute true justice,
Show mercy and compassion
Everyone to his brother." -- Zechariah 7:9 (NKJV)

If you have been interested in evolution for any length of time, you know about the Scopes trial where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow squared off over evolution. In Darwin on Trial, professor and attorney Phillip Johnson plays judge in assessing the proof for and against Darwin's theory of evolution, Neo-Darwinism, and more recent arguments. In doing so, he relies on legal rules and principles. As an attorney, I am familiar with such rules, but I fear that most readers aren't. Consequently, I believe that those who will get the most from this book are legally trained readers, rather than scientists or laypeople.

Professor Johnson states what many people don't realize: That micro-evolution on a small and limited scale within a species is accepted by almost everyone.

Differences of opinion come in terms of whether major classes of life emerge from prior classes. Since none of us were there, we have to rely on indirect evidence.

Professor Johnson leans most heavily on what has been located in the fossil record and what has been learned about biological divergences among species. These items of evidence don't show a continuous evolution from single-celled creatures to man because there are large gaps in the fossil record, transitional types are missing, and it's hard to imagine how some biological gaps might have been crossed (if they were).

He also looks at how many arguments in popular literature about evolution rely on examples that don't prove the case for what might have happened earlier, ways that the conclusion is assumed from the way the question is posed, and the nature of scientific thought holding to a theory until a replacement comes along.

In using different perspective to look at the argument for evolution, much of the ground is covered several times to make different points. That way of organizing the book will make it less accessible to those who would prefer a single line of argument that avoids repetition of evidence. At times, I felt I was back in law school.

But if you want to read a non-scientific, non-Scriptural look at evolution, Darwin on Trial can be a useful starting point to appreciate the major arguments for and against evolution.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Evolution theory is nothing but as naturalistic philosophy, 21. August 2008
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A stunning book on the scientific liabilty of Darwinism which actuated long and intense discussions in the science establishment in the USA. Read it and you know why!
It is from a man, who has a long experience as a law professor at the University of Berkeley where he specialized on the analysis of logical arguments. He shows that the mass of empirical data does not contribute to support the evolution theory and that the theory is not based on facts, but on belief - on belief in the philosophical naturalism.
In the book Johnson works out scientific precisely the question of life development. He does not want to disapprove or prove any theory. He only wants to clearly formulate the original question and free it from verbal nebulisation and blurring. He answers the question: Are the statements on evolutionary theory and the development of life true? He does not ask so much, is evolution a fact. He avoids any conflict between Bible and science in his argumentation. Therefore there is no verse of the Bible in his book. He wants only a factual discussion with the representatives of evolution theory to make them clear that they believe in what they would like to see proved. His goal is to find out, backed by the empirical data, whether the statements of evolution can stand the test. The statements are not from nature, they are by scientists who seek for their special truth, a truth that must satisfy their expectation! Furthermore he wants to find out whether on research of nature the conclusion that there must be a creator can be drawn under scientific premises.
Darwinism ascribes the biologic complexity of the multitude of adaptable micro-mutations to the natural selection. But the creative force of this hypothetical mechanism has NEVER been proved. Also the fossil evidence is not congruent with the assertion that living beings came into existence in the way of evolution.
The mechanism to create complex structures which did not exist before does in the end not belong to the empirical science but rather it is being deducted from the naturalistic philosophy. In the thinking of many scientists science is nothing else than performed naturalism. The naturalistic evolution theory includes not only a scientific theory but it is also the official teaching in our modern culture how the world came into existence. The scientific priesthood which is authorized to interpret the official theory of the origin of world has an immense cultural influence. But it could be lost when the theory is questioned. Therefore it must no be questioned and all who question it are banned and brandmarked "not scientific". Like many authors before him, Johnson also comes to the conclusion, that Darwinism is not a belief, but a fact that finds little support in nature for the expectations of the theory.
Recommendable book for all who believe in the logic and rationalism of scientific theories. You can widen your horizon of knowledge remarkably
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not too bad a book as some may say, 3. Mai 2000
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The evidence for evolution is large, but I don't feel it is fair to dismiss anyone who questions evolution. After all, we are all intersested in the truth, of which surly there is only one. the hostile reviews I feel detract from the argument. If you disagree with certain point (as I have done) then you have to first consider if it were true, and take it apart until you can reason no longer. You may find a different answer in the end. THERE IS NO POINT BEING HOSTILE TO PEOPLE WHO QUESTION EVOLUTION, if we ever come to a point where people who question ideas are completely ignored, I would hate it (and I stongly belive in evolution). After all we all wnat the truth.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Does anybody like lawyers?, 19. März 2000
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I read the reviews that disagree with Johnson and would like to point out that the primary question he asks has not been addressed by any: "What is the evidence that natural selection can or has the power to produce major changes in morphology or from one species to another?"
The argument that Johnson should have been published in scientific journals if his argument is so strong demonstrates the bias in such journals. One can only imagine how far one's career in biology might extend if he or she set out to discredit Darwinism today. Johnson's point is very clear: they simply don't want to hear it. Scientific American refused to publish Johnson's rebuttal to Gould.
I too am a scientist but am embarrassed by the arrogant browbeating that goes on in addressing the salient issues of Darwinism. It is as bad as the medieval church ignoring the claims of scientists of the day.
It is easy to say that religion is bad because it controls the discussion, excommunicates those who don't agree for reasons of conscience, and ignores the empiric data. If that is true, modern biology is a bad religion.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Evidence on trial, 10. Februar 2000
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There is obviously quite a deal of confusion surrounding this book, and the author must take responsibility for some of it. To begin with, the title - Darwin on Trial - creates some misleading expectations. When someone is on trial, the burden for producing the evidence falls on the prosecution, which must prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. However, it is not Darwin who is on trial here, but his ideas, or rather the evidence supporting his ideas. In most court cases, it is not the evidence that is in the dock. Readers complaining that Johnson's evidence is at fault or that he doesn't prove his case are on the wrong track, but it's the author who has sent them there.
The confusion is unfortunate, because this book's critical focus on the evidence for the theory of natural selection is just what is needed in the debate. Darwin himself was well aware of the evidence problem, and quite accurately pointed out all the areas in which his theory was vulnerable. Darwinists in the nineteenth century indulged in a free-for-all of skewed and jumped up, sometimes even fraudulent evidence, especially when they came to apply his theory to human beings. Darwinists in our time keep claiming that the evidence is irrefutable and overwhelming, but somehow they never quite get around to citing it in a way that is persuasive to a sceptical reader who knows the difference between evidence and argument. Having ploughed my way through a large amount of the literature written by neo-Darwinists for non-scientists, I can't say that I have ever come across an explicit discussion of the evidence. All I find is countless assertions that the evidence is there, and some not very veiled insults about the intelligence of those who refuse to believe it. There are repeated declarations that all scientists and experts know that the evidence is irrefutable, but that it is so intricate and sophisticated and comprehensive, no lay reader could begin to follow it. In place of the evidence the reader can't be expected to understand, and that a popular book just can't be expected to encompass, s/he is offered argument and reasoning. As a reader who doesn't know much about biology but who is pretty well educated in traditions of rhetoric, argument and reasoning, what I read bothers the hell out of me. It's a mix of empty assertion, blind faith, second rate poetry, pretentious imagery, tautology and fallacy.
Johnson does a great job of pointing out this and other problems, which he illustrates very well. He has a clear line on the evidence problem, concentrating on the question of macro evolution (evolutionary change that can account for large differences between species). Most of Darwin's work was about the differences between varieties rather than the differences between species, so he himself never tackled the problem of macro-evolution. In his work it was just a "hypothetical", and in the end, he had to resort to Lamarck's reasoning to account for it.
I wish that Johnson had given his book a better title, but more than that, I wish he had kept his own agenda out of it. If he's playing the lawyer, he shouldn't double in the role of amateur case cracker and offer a solution of his own, in the form of a commitment to the design argument. Since this argument is favoured by creationists, Johnson simply opens the way for his work to be dismissed as yet another example of special pleading by those who just can't do without what Daniel Dennett calls skyhooks. Johnson himself points out that Darwinians tend to argue as if their only opposition is from dumbos whose brain circuits are hardwired into biblical dogma. This is a huge problem in the debate. The anti-creationist polemic is so entrenched and obsessive, it is quite foolish to present any opportunity for stirring it up if your aim is to clear the ground. Johnson does an enormous amount of ground clearing but the dust just blows right back. This book is a couple of steps away from being the really powerful critique that is so desperately needed in the field.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Put the Darwinists on trial, 27. Januar 2000
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I already figured evolution was probably a hoax, but after reading this book now I'm sure. Johnson proves why science is wrong and people shouldn't question the Bible. Since some people gave this book one star it proves Johnson's idea about how science is a religion for them instead of the Bible. They should read this book again and again until they finally believe the truth! Let's get "biology" out of the schools and put God back in. The schools should be teaching about morals and God's creation, not the hoax of evolution.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Reasoned, 1. Januar 2000
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A very intelligent critique of Darwinian thought. I took human evolution in College by a Prof. Wolpoff (recognized in his field), and came away thinking "geesh, is this all the 'proof' that anthropology has to offer for human evolution." True enough, something is going on in the fossil record; however, for evolution to be taught as good, proven science will not stand. The proof is not there.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Educated on the subject., 28. Dezember 1999
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An online reviewer ( from boulder, colorado December 14, 1999 ) shows a problem that Johnson is making an attempt to fix. People have stopped thinking. He writes " scientists never, i repeat, NEVER attempt to distort facts." -- this is simply not true, for this is elevating all "scientists" to god-hood, perfect beings, whom we must follow, for they always set the standard of truth. No, that of course isn't the case. I recommend that you read Johnson's book with an open mind. Be willing to tolerate differing ideas than what you have been told in the past. Think.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Evolutionary theory is not science, 18. Dezember 1999
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You can call modern evolutionary theory a lot of things, but one thing you can't call it is science. One of the basic tenets of science is that is has to be repeatable. No one has been able to "repeat" one species turning to another, or even show how it's done. Because of this evolutionary theory is automatically excluded as science. You can call it philosophy, or religion--but not science (or if you do, it's 'soft' science and not 'hard'). As Johnson notes, the holes in evolutionary theory are substantial. Out of 100 million fossils discovered, none are intermediate. Mathematicians have pointed out there hasn't been enough time (or enough particles in the universe) to create, through blind chance, what exists today. Since there is not the slightest scrap of evidence that one species has ever evolved into another, evolutionary theory, like many other things, is ultimately based on faith. This doesn't mean there isn't truth in it. But the whole truth? Uh uh.
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