A New Creationism Book To Avoid

MOST of you have heard of Stephen C. Meyer. He’s a Director and Senior Fellow of the the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).

As we’ve mentioned before, Meyer was a central figure in the notoriously shabby peer review controversy; and, as we reported here, Meyer was one of three creationist “experts” who were on the 6-member panel selected by Don McLeroy to testify before the Texas Board of Education regarding standards for science education.

With that as background, we present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Landmark intelligent design book, Signature In The Cell in stores today, which appears at the Discoveroid blog. The bold font was added by us:

Today marks the arrival of the highly anticipated book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, by CSC Director Dr. Stephen C. Meyer. Several years in the making, the book arrives just as the information age is coming to biology and scientists are delving deeper into the mystery of the origins of life. In Signature in the Cell Dr. Meyer lays out a radical new and comprehensive argument for intelligent design that readers will likely never have encountered before, and which materialist scientists cannot counter.

Wowie!! This is exciting news! Here’s the Amazon listing: Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. List price is $29 in hardcover, but it’s already available for $19. Not a good sign. At the moment, its Amazon Sales Rank is 1,530. That means they’re actually selling some copies. [Update: It’s now up to 1,375.] There aren’t any customer reviews yet, but that’s likely to change.

Turning back to the Discoveroid blog article, they give a short list of the brilliant author’s appearances this week, including one we wrote about earlier at the once-respected Heritage Foundation. See: Heritage Foundation: Going Creationist? The only other scheduled appearance this week — the book’s opening week — is at a church. They also give you more information about this book, including a video promotion, a link to a promotional website, and some other resources you’ll be sure to examine.

We don’t doubt that this this book will be on every creationist’s recommended reading list, and it will probably find its way into Louisiana’s public school science classes as part of that state’s statutorily permitted “supplementary material” for teaching biology.

And no, we don’t plan to review it, or even read it. There’s no need, just as there would be no need to read and review a book titled “Top Ten Dating Tips” by Ted Bundy.

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7 responses to “A New Creationism Book To Avoid

  1. …. just as there would be no need to read and review a book titled “Top Ten Dating Tips” by Ted Bundy.

    …. likewise “Top Ten Safe Driving Tips” by Ted Kennedy.

  2. Boy, this is one hefty book, 624 pages, 1.8 pounds.
    There is a “Customer Discussion” of the book on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Will-liveup-the-hype/forum/Fx2L5L6YWDEF2XQ/Tx3OM8FRHHWKP5T/1/ref=cm_cd_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=0061472786 ) started by an obviously curmudgeonly person who says he will be reading the book and reporting back on it. This Ted Herrlich has a blog ( http://sciencestandards.blogspot.com/ ) He says, “Information Technology and computer programming are my areas of expertise.” Which sounds like he may have useful insights on Meyer’s book since from what I’ve seen so far about it suggests information theory is going to be part of his argument.

  3. “And no, we don’t plan to review it, or even read it. There’s no need…”

    I hope you’ll at least review some of the reviewers. Given the hype DI is giving the book, I’m wondering if this isn’t the next salvo in their search for ways to get ID into classrooms. Trying to get it recognized as a “real” science, suitable to be taught alongside evolution. Or, at least, as one of those supplemental materials in Louisiana?

  4. I am confident that folks like Herrlich will give the thrashing it deserves, which I will savor on Panda’s Thumb or the like. The DI will continue to wave its hands and not provide actual testable mechanisms. The trick is calling them out on it as needed.

  5. Curmudgeon wrote: “We don’t doubt that this this book will be on every creationist’s recommended reading list,…”

    ID activists will peddle it and clueless YEC and OEC rubes will undoubtedly parrot them. But before I even read a review I’ll bet that it does not even propose a young earth or independent origin of modern humans, let alone provide any testable evidence for those claims. If I’m right, and if we keep reminding those rubes of that inconvenient fact, the book will no longer be on every creationist’s recommended reading list.

  6. This is Ted Herrlich. I made it about halfway through and am seriously under impressed. For a book purported to be about new arguments, he insists on re-hashing the same old ground. I posted a review on Amazon already and am not sure when I will bother finishing it. I will post a more detailed critique on my blog shortly. It’s not even an imaginative try at something new. Oh, and for those interested, he attempts to . . . spin . . . the peer review controversy in the preface. Yea, I know, the typical comments. So far nothing but pablum for the people who already believe. I did get attacked on a person level by one commenter on Amazon who didn’t like my review.

    Seriously, I laid out my case before I read the book and lo and behold, Meyer lived ‘down’ to my expectations. At least I was up front about it. I wanted an actual scientific book, one with support and examples. But all he delivered was the same old thing.

  7. Good to see you here, Ted.