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 Austin Cline, of About.com Agnotism/Atheism
"The scientific explanations are strong and the critique of religion is refreshing. Ardea Skybreak adds a fourth approach to the debate between evolution and creationism - an element which is sometimes alluded to in vague terms, but which is rarely brought out into the open: politics..." READ FULL REVIEW
E-STREAMS.COM Review (Electronic reviews of Science & Technology References)
"This book's strength lies in its lucid and conversant outline of why and how evolution is central to scientific thinking, and its detailed development of various themes related to evolution science. Andrea Skybreak ably relates evolutionary themes to important contemporary controversies, as in her excellent section on race and racism... Recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections."
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MORE PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
"There are many fine books on evolution and creationism, but this one stands out because it is so well written, concise, and comprehensive. It is accessible to the general reader and uncompromising in its logic and accuracy in presenting scientific concepts. If you find that your textbook's presentation of evolution is inadequate, give your students Ardea Skybreak's book and watch their understanding grow."
— Kevin Padian, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Curator, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
"This book will be of tremendous benefit to many, especially those in the teaching profession where there are frequent opportunities to defend science against the ridiculous assertions by religious zealots and fundamentalists."
— Richard Leakey, Paleoanthropologist, former Director of Kenya's National Museums, former Director of the Kenya Wildlife Service
"The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism...Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters, by Ardea Skybreak is an excellent book. It clearly explains the overwhelming evidence for evolution and why it is scientific fact, while exploding the nonsense that the creation fantasy tries to present as it masquerades as science. In discussing evolution's history, mechanisms, and evidence, from the origin of life to mechanisms of speciation to evolution of pesticide resistance in insects, Ardea Skybreak does an excellent job of educating and inspiring an interest in nature, science and evolution."
— David Seaborg, Evolutionary Biologist, founder and President of the Foundation for Biological Conservation and Research, founder and President of the World Rainforest Fund
"I'm thoroughly enjoying and immensely intrigued by Ardea Skybreak's articles on evolution...I've never really understood the depth and complexity of the struggle the creationists and their reactionary/conservative agents in the gov. are waging against evolution, despite the fact that the scientific community is unified on the question of evolution vs. biblical creation theory-standing on the side of evolution-and since the basic facts of evolution are scientifically based, something the creationists can't boast of...
"One of the most adverse psychological effects of prison existence has to be the tendency for captives to seek to discover the meaning for their oppression through religion and relying on 'faith to get through this ordeal.'...I believe that by attacking the most basic tenet of the Bible, that 'God created man,' and proving scientifically that man/woman evolved from the 'chemical soup' that was once our earth, without the aid or 'intelligent design' of ANY god or other supernatural being, maybe some of these captives can be won to depend on their/our own conscious activism, rather than some god, to achieve real redress and eventually liberation-in the broadest definition of the word."
— From a prisoner
"...very easy to read and understand...Information such as this is desperately needed especially here in the 'Bible Belt' South, where religious fundamentalism and creationism hit hardest."
— From a high school student in Georgia
"I need your help with this debate that is raging over here...a few brothers and myself are taking religion head on...Check what this prison chaplain does, he brings two boxes of this book called Darwin Under the Microscope...brothers are reading passages of this book during this debate and all this book is doing is attempting to discredit the science of evolution.
"I read a few passages out of The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin in this debate, however, I know brothers are finding The Origin of the Species book hard to grasp-so this is why I'm asking you to send me the complete series of the 'Science of Evolution' cause Ardea Skybreak breaks it all down in a way that I know brothers will be able to grasp to the fullest.
"A lot of these bible bangers who have been misled think this debate is about 'winning or losing.' I tell them this debate is about struggling for truth..."
— From a prisoner