It must have been ten years or more since advocates of Intelligent Design promised us that peer-reviewed evidence for a “Designer” (aka the Christian God) was right around the corner, but they’ve come up with. . . .bupkes. Because they have no evidence, the ID websites, like those of the Discovery Institute (DI)m involve sniping at evolutionists and proffering misguided critiques of work by real scientists. One example of how low these snakes can crawl was the tirade that the egnorant Michael Egnor and David Klinghoffer of the DI came up with when I had my picture taken at John Scopes’s gravesite. That, they whined, showed that I admired racists, and was therefore a racist myself. (The argument was that the textbook Scopes taught from also had material on eugenics, but of course ignored the fact that a. Scopes taught from the textbook on only one day, as he was a substitute teacher, b. Scopes didn’t teach any eugenics, and c. the Scopes family had a long history of opposing racism.) But this is what IDers do when they don’t have the scientific goods.
Nevertheless, do remember that 42% of the American public are creationists, while only 19% accept evolution as it is taught by scientists: as a naturalistic process with no supernatural intervention. Most of the remainder (over 30%) are theistic evolutionists, believing that God had a hand in the evolutionary process.
And that is why the evolution-book section of Amazon is peppered not with books that promote or describe evolution, that but deny it. Reader David S., in fact, called my attention to the appearance of yet another creationist book, one that has risen to the #1 Amazon spot in “Organic Evolution.” Apeing (pardon the pun) the title of Bill Nye’s book on evolution, DI flak Douglas Axe, director of the DI’s “Biologic Institute,” has produced a new book showing that evolution is impossible. The title: Undeniable: How Biology Confirms our Intuition that Life Is Designed.
The Amazon blurb:
Throughout his distinguished and unconventional career, engineer-turned-molecular-biologist Douglas Axe has been asking the questions that much of the scientific community would rather silence. Now, he presents his conclusions in this brave and pioneering book. Axe argues that the key to understanding our origin is the “design intuition”—the innate belief held by all humans that tasks we would need knowledge to accomplish can only be accomplished by someone who has that knowledge. For the ingenious task of inventing life, this knower can only be God.
Starting with the hallowed halls of academic science, Axe dismantles the widespread belief that Darwin’s theory of evolution is indisputably true, showing instead that a gaping hole has been at its center from the beginning. He then explains in plain English the science that proves our design intuition scientifically valid. Lastly, he uses everyday experience to empower ordinary people to defend their design intuition, giving them the confidence and courage to explain why it has to be true and the vision to imagine what biology will become when people stand up for this truth.
Armed with that confidence, readers will affirm what once seemed obvious to all of us—that living creatures, from single-celled cyanobacteria to orca whales and human beings, are brilliantly conceived, utterly beyond the reach of accident.
Our intuition was right all along.
I doubt it, given the massive evidence for evolution described in the #3 and #5 books. Did God create a series of fossils that misled us all into thinking that terrestrial artiodactyls evolved into whales, early reptiles into mammals and birds, and early apes into modern humans? And why did he put them in strata whose dates line up very well with the changes in appearance in these transitional forms? What a trickster is Our Lord! Never mind; IDers are motivated by religion, and can’t be bothered to deal with such annoying stuff as evidence.
As for Axe, well, you can read about his lucubrations from people like Larry Moran (also here) and Jeffrey Shallit. And as for the Biologic Institute, which was supposed to produce peer-reviewed research to convince scientists that ID was right, well, let’s just say it hasn’t been a smashing success. New Scientist has two pieces about that Institute (here and here), but, sadly, they’re behind a paywall (you can read a summary of New Scientist’s investigation at Wikipedia, as well as the Institute’s shenanigans involving a faked photograph.)
Read and weep: here are the top sellers in Organic Evolution 0n Amazon. Of course the DI creationists are already trumpeting the ascendancy of Axe’s book as evidence of its correctness, but that is no more convincing than saying that the popularity of Donald Trump shows that Mexicans are a bunch of lazy criminals and rapists who should be walled in.