As the Discoveroids have been telling us in numerous posts at their creationist blog, the greatest, most anticipated, most cutting-edge creationist publication of all time is going to be released tomorrow. In their most recent reminder, today, David Klinghoffer tells us:
Ah, now the fun begins. We’ve arrived at the publication week for Stephen Meyer’s new book, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. We’ve been calling it “forthcoming” but as of tomorrow, June 18, it will be here.
Golly. Jeepers. Tomorrow’s the big day! Here’s a link to the book’s listing at Amazon. We haven’t read it and we don’t plan to, so we’re not going to review it. However, we have learned a thing or two about the book, and we’ll share that information with you.
First, we found a press release that was probably written by the publisher: In New Book, Author Stephen Meyer Examines the Scientific Phenomenon that Darwin Could Not Explain. Whenever a creationist’s book is trumpeted in a press release, we immediately consider it to be a candidate for our series on Self-Published Geniuses. That’s where we write about creationists and others who pay for press releases to promote vanity-published books about their imaginary discoveries and pseudo-science ravings.
But Meyer’s book doesn’t qualify for that list. It certainly would have if it had been published by the Discoveroids’ in-house publisher, the Discovery Institute Press, but Meyer has found an independent publisher. The imprint is HarperOne; owned by HarperCollins, a large and legitimate publisher — albeit not known as a publisher of science books. Their own website describes their HarperOne imprint like this:
For 30 years we [HarperOne] have published the books that have changed people’s lives, influenced culture, built bridges between faiths, and withstood the test of time. … The most important books across the full spectrum of religion, spirituality, and personal growth, adding to the wealth of the world’s wisdom by stirring the waters of reflection on the primary questions of life while respecting all traditions.
If the publisher regards Meyer’s book as appropriate for their religion and spirituality imprint, we will accept their judgment. But what’s the book all about? Let’s see what the press release says, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Building upon the provocative argument about the origin of life presented in his previous book SIGNATURE IN THE CELL, Meyer now tackles what is arguably one of the most controversial aspects of the theory of evolution: the “Cambrian Explosion,” or the rapid appearance of animal life 530 million years ago.
The “Cambrian Explosion”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re previously written about that — see The Mystery of the Cambrian “Explosion”. Unless Meyer has found evidence in some Cambrian stratum of the designer’s footprints or his genetic engineering tools, we see no reason to revisit the issue. But let’s keep an open mind. The press release for Meyer’s spirituality blockbuster also says:
In DARWIN’S DOUBT, Meyer takes readers through the history of life itself, revealing what scientists have learned since Darwin’s time. He also explains how the Cambrian period is remarkable not only for the appearance of new biological forms, but for the appearance of new biological information.
Ooooooooh — information! Let’s read on:
And he poses an important question: could the information necessary to build the Cambrian animal forms have arisen from an intelligent cause, rather than an undirected natural process?
Indeed, that’s an “important question.” Was it nature, or was it Oogity Boogity? Inquiring minds want to know. And it’s certainly worth a book-length discussion. Here’s the rest of the press release:
This highly debated issue is at the heart of some of the most controversial conversations today. And as the debate rages over the validity of Creationism vs. Darwinism, Meyer argues that an alternate theory — Intelligent Design (ID), which holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection — is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals, along with the libraries of information needed to produce them.
Okay, dear reader. We’ve given you the most authoritative information we can find about this soon-to-be-released book. It sounds to us as if it’s nothing more than a very long post at the Discoveroids’ blog — but we haven’t read it, so we can’t say for sure. We suspect, however, that if Meyer had something new, in the form of solid, verifiable evidence, we’d have already heard about it. Absent that, it’s the same old song.
But your Curmudgeon is always humble, and we admit that we could be wrong. Go ahead and buy the book if you’re curious. And if you find something new that we haven’t seen repeated a thousand times before at the Discoveroids’ blog, please let us know.
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