The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism
The Science of Evolution and the
Myth of Creationism
Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters
2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards FINALIST!
"This book will be of tremendous benefit to many..."
— Richard Leakey
About the Book
In today's world, without the science of evolution there would be no science. Written for both the scientifically-minded as well as those who are not familiar with science at all, this book details the facts of the science of evolution. In one engrossing volume Ardea Skybreak looks at the diversity and complexity of life on this planet and how all life, including humans, evolved. She examines the many different lines of mutually reinforcing evidence that support and confirm the biological theory of evolution. At the same time, Skybreak dissects the myth of Creationsim and the lies behind the thinly-veiled religiosity of Intelligent Design. There's urgency in this book. It comes at a time when evolution—and the very definition of science—is under concerted attack by religious fundamentalists, with backing from the highest levels of government. The reader will come away with a deepened appreciation of the beauty and wonders of nature, as well as an understanding of the basic scientific facts of evolution and a clear sense of why science and the scientific method make it possible to determine what's real— and why knowing what's real profoundly matters.
Praise and Reviews
Midwest Book Review
"With discussion that celebrates the fascination to be found in studying the diversity and complexity of life, this examination suggests with some urgency that the science of evolution is crucial to the existence of science itself. Thoroughly 'reader friendly' throughout, "The Science Of Evolution and the Myth Of Creationism" is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Exceptionally well written and featuring a section of full color photography, "The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism" is especially commended to the attention of non-specialist general readers of all ages who are interested in countering Creationism mythologies and defending the scientific approach to the consideration of how life developed on planet earth." READ FULL REVIEW
Review by PZ Myers of Pharyngula
"Most books that teach the basics of evolutionary biology are fairly genteel in their treatment of creationism-they don't endorse it, of course, but they either ignore it, or more frequently now, they segregate off a chapter to deal with the major claims. There are also whole books dedicated to combating creationist myths, of course, but they're not usually the kind of book you pick up to get a tutorial in basic biology. In my hands I have an example of a book that does both, using the errors of creationism heavily to help explain and contrast the principles of evolutionary biology-it's fascinating." READ FULL REVIEW
Review by KLIATT
This excellent book is well written and easy to read, yet it covers the material in a no-nonsense, scientific way. It will appeal to any high school student interested in science or political controversies and would be a good resource for science teachers who may have to tread the perilous battleground of religion vs. science..."READ FULL REVIEW
Review by Greg Laden, Ph.D.
"This book provides a point by point description of creationist arguments and refutation of those arguments, and a very usable summary of the related evolutionary concepts... this may be the most comprehensive discussion available... I don't think Skybreak's book requires rejection of religion to accept evolution, but if you are looking for a way to reconcile religious belief with scientific reality, you won't (thank god) find it here." READ FULL REVIEW
Review by John Dupuis, Confessions of a Science Librarian
"This is a lively, entertaining and even important book. I would highly recommend it for all academic collections: college, university and even high school and middle school. Anyone that passionately cares about science and rationality could do worse than have such a book in their personal collections as well. It could come in handy during arguments at contentious dinner parties or family gatherings, for example."
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Review by Art Hobson, Northwest Arkansas Times
"Skybreak is a good scientist with a solid understanding of evolutionary biology. She presents mountains of evidence of evolution in action today and throughout the past 3.8 billion years since the beginning of life on Earth: moths, fruit flies, the Grand Canyon, the sickle cell gene, HIV, so-called 'gaps' in the fossil record, the evolution of new species in the laboratory in real time, embryo development, remnant features, the independent evolution of similar features in diferent species, nature's many imperfections demonstrating that any Grand Designer is prone to serious mistakes, the geographic proximity of similar species, the 'nested' hierarchry of living organisms demonstrating evolutionary relatedness, and most impressively the immense fossil and gentic record showing the six-million-year evolution from the first upright apes to Homo Sapiens....
"The book is directed at non-scientists, but scientists can learn plenty from it."
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A Letter from a Prisoner
"I bought this book because I'd had the great fortune of reading it in RW as a series a few years ago. I was absolutely fascinated by Ardea Skybreak's presentation of evolution scientifically and expose of the myth of creationism. It was and is very beautiful and enlightening."
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