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Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne

In Nonfiction on January 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne

Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne

Title: Why Evolution is True

Author: Jerry A. Coyne

Genre: Nonfiction/Evolution/Anti-Intelligent Design

Rating: ****/****


So, we’re in the twenty-first century now, but most polls indicate that less than half of the US believes that evolution is true.  The rest tend to believe that we were created by a being & that evolution is an outright lie.  No doubt motivated through lack of adequate science education, this growing ignorance is being promoted by religious fundamentalists usually in the form of intelligent design AKA creationism.  Though it was settled in Dover, PA in 2005 that intelligent design is merely a religious hypothesis & not a scientific theory, its supporters continue to delude the naive into thinking there is no evidence for the theory of evolution.

Coyne’s book presents all the arguments for evolution: fossil evidence, DNA, vestigal organs, geological column, etc. It’s all gathered from many fields & peer-reviewed, something which ID supporters have never been able to accomplish.  Even to the most reluctant reader, if they truly had an open mind in weighing the evidence, expands on the topic to include articles & information at the back of the book for reference.  There is no possible way that someone could come away from this book without having a basic understanding of the theory of evolution, what it is, how it works, its evidence, & what many scientists are researching today on the topic, etc.

Also, Coyne emphasizes that religious people need not be threatened by it in the least.  Plenty of major religions recognize evolution as solid scientific fact, but others are struggling to drive the wedge between science & religion even further.  Evolution isn’t a moral or religious doctrine & we aren’t controlled by our genes.  Something I rather liked a lot was how Coyne used examples of how people have misused evolution in the past & how certain specialists in many fields today are trying to find a biological reason for every human action, even violent ones.  Sure, we could have our tendency for behaviors encoded, but we are not bound to it & without control of our lives.

What people will be surprised at learning from this book:

1. They probably didn’t know what evolution was exactly.

2. They didn’t know what made it work.

3. They didn’t know so many fields of study provided evidence for the theory.

4. Humans have tails & hair in the womb. Eeek.



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