Intelligent Thought

Paperback $15.95

Vintage | May 09, 2006 | 272 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307277220

  • Paperback$15.95

    Vintage | May 09, 2006 | 272 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780307277220

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    Vintage | Dec 18, 2007 | 272 Pages | ISBN 9780307426406

Praise

“Evolutionary biology certainly hasn’t explained everything that perplexes biologists, but intelligent design hasn’t yet tried to explain anything at all.” –Daniel C. Dennett, Philosopher

“Natural selection is not some desperate last resort of a theory. It is an idea whose plausibility and power hits you between the eyes with a stunning force, once you understand it in all its elegant simplicity.” –Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary Biologist

“An evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one.” –Steven Pinker, Psychologist

Not only is ID markedly inferior to Darwinism at explaining and understanding nature but in many ways it does not even fulfill the requirements of a scientific theory. –Jerry A. Coyne, evolutionary biologist

The geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously declared, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” One might add that nothing in biology makes sense in the light of intelligent design. –Jerry A. Coyne, evolutionary biologist

Evolutionary biology certainly hasn’t explained everything that perplexes biologists, but intelligent design hasn’t yet tried to explain anything at all. —Daniel C. Dennett, philosopher and cognitive scientist

A denial of evolution–however motivated–is a denial of evidence, a retreat from reason to ignorance. —Tim D. White, paleontologist

Natural selection is not some desperate last resort of a theory. It is an idea whose plausibility and power hits you between the eyes with a stunning force, once you understand it in all its elegant simplicity. —Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist

The supernatural explanation fails to explain because it ducks the responsibility to explain itself.—Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist

Nothing indicates that people who believe that life arose by chance also believe that morality is haphazard. —Scott Atran, anthropologist and psychologist

An evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one. —Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist

To state that a given organ is so improbable that it requires design is just ill founded. The argument uses standard probability, which does not apply to the evolution of the biosphere. —Stuart A. Kauffman, theoretical biologist

We don’t have an intelligent designer (ID), we have a bungling consistent evolver (BCE). Or maybe an adaptive changer (AC). In fact, what we have in the most economical interpretation is, of course, evolution. —Lisa Randall, physicist

What counts as a controversy must be delineated with care, as we want students to distinguish between scientific challenges and sociopolitical ones. —Marc D. Hauser, evolutionary psychologist

Incredulity doesn’t count as an alternative position or critique. —Marc D. Hauser, evolutionary psychologist

Rather than removing meaning from life, an evolutionary perspective can and should fill us with a sense of wonder at the rich sequence of natural systems that gave us birth and continues to sustain us. —Scott D. Sampson, paleontologist

Table Of Contents

John Brockman Introduction

Jerry A. Coyne Intelligent Design: The Faith That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Leonard Susskind The Good Fight

Daniel C. Dennett The Hoax of Intelligent Design and How It Was Perpetuated

Nicholas Humphrey Consciousness: The Achilles Heel of Darwinism? Thank God, Not Quite

Tim D. White Human Evolution: The Evidence

Neil H. Shubin The “Great” Transformation

Richard Dawkins Intelligent Aliens

Frank J. Sulloway Why Darwin Rejected Intelligent Design

Scott Atran Unintelligent Design

Steven Pinker Evolution and Ethics

Lee Smolin Darwinism All the Way Down

Stuart A. Kauffman Intelligent Design, Science or Not?

Seth Lloyd How Smart Is the Universe?

Lisa Randall Designing Words

Marc D. Hauser Parental Guidance Required

Scott D. Sampson Evoliteracy

Appendix Excerpt from the Memorandum Opinion of The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, December 20, 2005

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