Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement Edited by John Brockman
Published just after the Kitzmiller versus Dover ruling. A collection of essays from those on the side of science and reason in the never ending debate about creationism in science classrooms in the USA.
By turn entertaining and educational whilst consistently eloquent.
The book also covers the wider issue of science and reason and the role they can play in the world today.
A better summary of the issues I have not found.
Coyne on whether ID is science, science versus religion by Susskind, Dennett on ID the hoax, Humphrey on consciousness and Darwinism, White on human evolution, Shubin on the move to the land, Dawkins on intelligent aliens, Sulloway on Darwin and ID, Atran on unintelligent design, Pinker on evolution and ethics, Smolin on evolution and other sciences, Kauffman on ID - Science or not? Seth Lloyd discusses an intelligent universe, Randall on scientific method and the use of words, whilst Mark Hauser discusses education and Sampson explains the importance of "evoliteracy". We are also given a complete printing of the Judges Verdict from the Dover trial.
As the editor says "The Visigoths are at the gates. Will we let them in?"
4 out of 5 stars.