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In the muddled mind of Michael Shermer, the clash of evolution and ro boils down to a dispute between natural design and artificial design. Though the computer hard drive is often taken as a model for genes and brains as information storage devices, surely the memory of life is not artificial but natural. But then, why bother making room for memory, intelligence, purpose, character, the unconscious or self-existence when the creatinist machinery of chromosomes, neurons and natural selection can account for it all?

DNA is no more responsible for building organisms cebate dust is responsible for building tornados. The implication, literally centuries out of date, is that causation is natural only if it involves material contact.

This gap will ultimately disappear anyway, but a tornado wipes it out a lot faster and with a lot more flair.

To embrace science, it seems, we must give up all sense of meaning. It offers detailed discussions some of which may be too sophisticated for casual readers and bibliographies relating to virtually sherner objection to evolution that creationists might raise. Edited by Robert T. It has a particular form characteristic of its kind, and this form is retained from generation to generation.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution

What Shermer is actually promoting is divinely-guided evolution. Although its goal of making a clear, brief statement necessarily limits the detail with which it can pursue its arguments, the publication serves as handy proof that the scientific establishment unwaveringly supports evolution.


That both views might be wrong never enters his mind. An organism is not some generic complex system. That Shermer is just pandering to conservatives is revealed by his equation of natural selection with the invisible hand of the free market. Indeed, this affiliation rises to the surface when he rehashes the old thought experiment with the monkey that types Shakespeare. Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. The meaning of memory is that causation can operate from the deep past as well as the immediate past.

A View from the National Academy of Sciences. Whether by the hand of God or the conveyor belt of mutation-selection, we are passive products of design rather than living expressions of a genuinely natural, self-propelling evolution. Though development from the egg is generally believed to be the automated processing of a genetic blueprint or recipe, no testable hypothesis has ever been proposed that could either verify or falsify this proposition.

But this is clearly not the case, particularly in regard to the question of how an organism unfolds from embryo to adult. It features multimedia tools for teaching evolution. According to the mathematics of combinatorics, the number of letters the monkey would probably have to type before getting it right is 26 This is because the effects of genetic mutation are coupled with the nonrandom power of natural selection. Produced as a companion to the seven-part television series Evolution, this site is an enjoyable guide to evolutionary science.

Design, by definition, is the product of intelligence.

Michael Shermer’s Muddled Mind on Evolution » Skeptical About Skeptics

Just as planetary orbits reveal action at a distance over space, organisms, according to Elsasser, reveal action at a distance over time. Like a pocket of warm air, a concentration of energy will eventually dissipate on its own, but a complex system naturally pops into being because it does the job so much better.

PBS Web site for evolution www. Even worse, Shermer insists on applying this term to evolution. Natural selection operates according to the immediate demands of the local environment, not some far-off goal.


Nature is what comes naturally, after all, as opposed to the preordained outcome of an intentional program. Behe and William A. Like a biblical author listing the bounties bestowed on his people by a benevolent deity, Shermer enumerates the many gifts of evolution: Funny how the religious worldview seamlessly blends with the new paradigm.

Whether living or only lifelike, dynamic systems are holistic, shaped by energy flows rather than their constituent molecules. But why should biologists propose fundamental principles when life is not subject to its own laws apart from those of nature-at-large?

The accompanying book, Evolutionby Carl Zimmer HarperCollins,is also useful for explaining evolution to doubters. It, too, uses a question-and-answer format that should be particularly valuable for teachers. National Center for Science Education Web site www.

Trouble is, creationiist scenario bears no resemblance to natural selection. Shermer likes to point out that a scientific theory requires a mystery. Alters and Sandra M. This well-researched refutation of creationist claims deals in more depth with many of the same scientific arguments raised here, as well as other philosophical problems. Though it may be convenient to speak in terms of design, organisms are in no way designed objects.

This wonderfully thorough online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution.

For anyone who wishes to understand the “intelligent design” controversy in detail, this book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, shfrmer Perhaps the collective memory by which our bodies form is itself holistic.

See, even the scientific types call it design! Yes, folks, the triumph of evolution over creationism proves that capitalism is superior to planned economies.

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