Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism (KINDLE)

Cording to any standard of Goodness But Simply By The but simply by the of god it seems to me that one destroys without realizing it all the love of god and all his glory for why praise him for what he has done if he would be eually praiseworthy in doing the contrary Gottfried Wilhelm LeibnizThis was a relatively low ey examination of creationism and the supposed controversy between Darwinian evolution and the religious mysticism masuerading as "creation science The author closely examines the creationist authors who were popular in his time and proceeds to politely shred them "science The author closely examines the creationist authors who were popular in his time and proceeds to politely shred them their lack of scientific understanding while totally dismantling the notion that creationism is anything remotely like a science This book treats the idea of creationism and the people working to popularize creationism with respect than what I think they are due and I suppose it makes it all the powerful Kitcher a A lucid thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution by natural

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and by extension pretty all of modern physical science In spite of being over 35 years old at this point the book holds up very well not least because Creationist arguments never die they just smell worse and worse with ageKitcher is exceedingly charitable to the Creationists and never accuses them of willfully misrepresenting actual science Additional decades of experience have shown that too many Creationist types are willing to lie for Jesus if it gets their feet in the door But it adds to the force of Kitcher s rebuttal that even taking the most charitable approach Creationism fails utterly at being remotely scientific And Kitcher takes care in laying out a nuanced understanding of scientific progress not merely naive falsificationismOf course for all the pretensions and pseudoscientific. Ciences Moreover modern biology is intertwined with other fields of science physics chemistry astronomy and geology Creationists hope to persuade the public that education in science should be torn apart to make room for a literal reading of Genesis Abusing Science refutes the popular complaint that the scientific establishment is dogmatic and intolerant denying academic freedom to the unorthodox It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically one by one showing clearly just why they are at best misguided at worst ludicro. Several other books attempting to treat the same topic have been published recently and I haven t read themHowever this one does a great job in providing the reader with why Science and Creationism are not the same Black Heart, Red Ruby kind ofnowledge why Creationism should not be taught along side EvolutionIt reuires of the reader a basic acceptance of epistemological premises and the patience to appreciate how empiricism works and why Creationism is an embarrassing mistake for it s adherents This is by far the best book I and why Creationism is an embarrassing mistake for it s adherents This is by far the best book I read defending the theory of evolution best book I have read defending the theory of evolution creationist challenges Perhaps it s surprising that I would say this about a book written by a philosopher rather than a biologist I ve read both Dawkins and Coyne s similar books but Kitcher s philosophical training is precisely what makes this among the best of its ind I haven t read enough to say that it s the best Kitcher is able to slice through creationist objections by showing how they very freuently are not just empirically problematic but very often deeply are extraordinarily conceptually confused He does a much better job of this than the ra ra empiricism approach in the two other books I mentioned If you are interested in getting a deep Tries to take on all Creationist science in 200 pages and does a valiant job but the topicdeserves several books to do it justice But nowhere does he ask Where is the science in Creation science Abusing Science is a great response to scientific creationism It examines the claims of creationists like Henry Morris and Duane Gish in a very clear way and compares the scientific merits of the creation model versus the evolution model This book is still relevant 30 years after its publication and is Highly Recommended For Anyone recommended for anyone in the evolutioncreation controversy This Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self defense the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo science It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the 1980s but since it must Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and ,

Philip Kitcher ¿ 9 Review

S another book dealing with Creation Science What s especially good about it is that it especially good about it is that it deals with the uestion What is science It was my introduction to Karl Popper and his principles that separate science from non scienceThe book then goes on to show how Creationists misuse Popper and science generally to advance their theological and ideologic purposesA damn good and interesting read Philip Kitcher s seminal work critical of Scientific Creationism remains a clarion call against those who continue abusing science to fit their own zealous religious agenda Kitcher goes beyond making a point by point defense of evolutionary biology indeed all of science and a total refutation of creationism He makes a persuasive case why Scientific Creationism isn t good science For example he observes how distinguished 19th Century geologists such as Adam Sedgwick disc Sort of reads like the textbook it was I only made it 12 way thru it wasn t the clear refutation I thought it would be it spends a lot of time spewing the creationist stance to the extent sometimes it s hard to separate out his stance from theirs There is some good stuff separate out his stance from theirs There is some good stuff there if you re involved in debates etc but I m not just reading for general interest A lot of well reasoned arguments I like Kitcher s very rational approach You really get the impression that he tried to see things from all sides without being overly dogmatic about the issues That doesn t save the book from the necessarily dull subject matter but that isn t really Kitcher s fault he s making arguments meant for real world purposes and he does a nice job for the most part with what he has Apparently amidst all his philosophy of science texts he also wrote a book on Finnegans Wake Talk about deviation In saying therefore that things are not good ac. OrcefullyNot long ago a federal court struck down an Arkansas law reuiring that scientific Creationism be taught in high school science classes Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle but their cause continues to thrive Their efforts are directed not only at state legislatures but at local school boards and textbook publishers As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book the integrity of science is under attack The methods of inuiry used in evolutionary biology are those which are used throughout the Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism