Monday, October 06, 2008
To Read Pile Piles Up
From Publisher's Weekly:
Why Evolution Is True Jerry A. Coyne. Viking, $27.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-670-02053-9
With great care, attention to the scientific evidence and a wonderfully accessible style, Coyne, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Chicago, presents an overwhelming case for evolution. Ranging from biogeography to geology, from anatomy to genetics, and from molecular biology to physiology, he demonstrates that evolutionary theory makes predictions that are consistently borne out by the data—basic requirements for a scientific theory to be valid. Additionally, although fully respectful of those who promote intelligent design and creationism, he uses the data at his disposal to demolish any thought that creationism is supported by the evidence while also explaining why those ideas fall outside the bounds of science. Coyne directly addresses the concept often advanced by religious fundamentalists that an acceptance of evolution must lead to immorality, concluding that "evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go." Readers looking to understand the case for evolution and searching for a response to many of the most common creationist claims should find everything they need in this powerful book, which is clearer and more comprehensive than the many others on the subject. Illus. (Jan. 26)
I worry that this is a tad disingenuous. If evolution is true, then certain possibilities of 'where we can go' are more probable than others. Coyne's book smells like another plea for NOMA, and that's not going to satisfy anyone.