Uncommon Dissent

Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing

Edited by William A. Dembski, foreword by John Wilson

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In Uncommon Dissent, mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive.

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Recent years have seen the rise to prominence of ever more sophisticated philosophical and scientific critiques of the ideas marketed under the name of Darwinism. In Uncommon Dissent, mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive. As Dembski explains, Darwinism has gathered around itself an aura of invincibility that is inhospitable to rational discussion—to say the least: "Darwinism, its proponents assure us, has been overwhelmingly vindicated. Any resistance to it is futile and indicates bad faith or worse." Indeed, those who question the Darwinian synthesis are supposed, in the famous formulation of Richard Dawkins, to be ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked.

The hostility of dogmatic Darwinians like Dawkins has not, however, prevented the advent of a growing cadre of scholarly critics of metaphysical Darwinism. The measured, thought-provoking essays in Uncommon Dissent make it increasingly obvious that these critics are not the brainwashed fundamentalist buffoons that Darwinism’s defenders suggest they are, but rather serious, skeptical, open-minded inquirers whose challenges pose serious questions about the viability of Darwinist ideology. The intellectual power of their contributions to Uncommon Dissent is bracing.

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Format Cloth
Pages 403
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

"If you’ve never heard the term "post-Darwinian," welcome to the world of thinkers who reject evolutionary theory and its reliance on the notion of chance (i.e. 'random mutation'). In this provocative volume, biologists, mathematicians and physicists as well as theologians and other intellectuals...argue, as editor Dembski writes, that 'the preponderance of evidence goes against Darwinism.'"
Publishers Weekly

“I salute the intellectual honesty and courage of all the contributors who participated in writing Uncommon Dissent. These dissenters masterfully bring to light the flaws and fallacy of Darwinism, a secular ideology dogmatically rooted in naturalistic philosophy. This illuminating book constitutes another sign that a new scientific revolution is coming, one that will ultimately lead to the recognition of the quintessential role of intelligent causation in evolution and mark the end of metaphysical materialism.”
Mario Beauregard,, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Research Center,, Université de Montréal

“Darwin, a free thinker who dared make far-reaching conclusions based on observations, would have been dismayed to see the petrified doctrine his brainchild has become. Must we admit that all organisms are nothing but watery Turing machines evolved merely by a sequence of accidents favored by nature? Or do we have the intellectual freedom to rethink this fundamental issue, as is done in this book? I’m sure Darwin would have been glad to contribute an essay to this interesting and fearless collection, a collection every open-minded scientist and layman alike will benefit from reading.”
Eshel Ben Jacob,, Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems,, Tel Aviv University

"In this provocative volume, biologists, mathematicians and physicists as well as theologians and other intellectuals...argue, as editor Dembski writes, that 'the preponderance of evidence goes against Darwinism.'... Anyone interested in these debates and their implications for education will find this collection to be important reading."
Publishers Weekly

"[A] collection of very smart essays written by leading anti-evolutionists. These men and women make their case with high quality intellection and argument."
Lionel Tiger,, New York Sun

"[A] bracing collection of controversial writings...."
The American Spectator

"Given Dembski's own impressive academic credentials and the solid intellectual qualifications of his contributors, this book provides a strong dissenting voice to challenge the many half-truths, obfuscations, and mistakes of mainstream evolutionary thinking."
Townhall.com

"All of the essays are cogent, intellectually stimulating, and shine an academic Klieg light on the glaring shortcomings and forced inconsistencies of Darwinism. This book should be on every classical Christian school library shelf, and read, discussed and promoted not only in the science classrooms, but the logic, rhetoric and apologetic classes as well."
Patch Blakey,, Classis

"Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins memorably said that those who object to evolution must either be 'ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked,' but the objectors in Dembski's volume come across as none of the above. Rather, their objections are for the most part quite reasonable, grounded as they are in sound science and having nothing to do with religion."
Harvard Ichthus

ISBN 1932236309
ISBN13 9781932236309
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