There’s not too much we need to say about this one at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog. Their title pretty much says it all: Darwin’s Doubt Passes 700 Review Mark on Amazon.
You’ve heard of Darwin’s Doubt, the book by Stephen Meyer that claims the Cambrian explosion is proof of intelligent design. It’s getting attention in all the right places. We previously wrote WorldNetDaily Promotes Stephen Meyer’s Book.
As far as we can tell, the scientific world is, shall we say, unimpressed. Nevertheless, the Discoveroids have what they imagine is a great deal to brag about. Only a few excerpts should be enough. They say, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design has reached 700 customer reviews on Amazon.com. It’s the most-reviewed book in the categories of Organic Evolution and Paleontology. It’s the 7th most-reviewed non-fiction book in Evolution, a category that includes over 50,000 titles. It’s even in the top 200 of most-reviewed books in Science & Math, a top-level category that includes over 1.3 million offerings. Meyer’s book now joins Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box as the two most-reviewed books on Amazon on the topic of biological origins.
Verily, it’s beyond glorious. We’re told:
Although Amazon reviews are by no means the most critical measure of a book’s success, it does reveal one thing of note. Our effort to communicate the arguments for intelligent design through alternative channels, beyond what often seems like the echo chamber of mainstream science media, is paying off.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s almost up there with the Time Cube. Let’s read on:
Not everyone is happy with Darwin’s Doubt, and a browse through the Amazon reviews reveals a passionate minority who are critical of Meyer’s work (15 percent are one- or two-star reviews). All the usual tired arguments against intelligent design are rehearsed, but a recent detractor broke new ground with a lament for the trees that were used to create the book: “Utter trash. Complete nonsense. I feel sorry for the trees that have lost their life to print these words on the paper made from their sacrifice. Please do not allow your children to read this.”
That was good! But the Discoveroids have a clever response:
It’s interesting that this individual would warn against children being exposed to alternative viewpoints on important scientific topics. That is more revealing than the reviewer probably realizes.
We’ve skipped more than half of their post, but here’s how it ends:
And while the debate over the evidence goes on, Darwin’s Doubt continues to have its important impact, making steady, incremental progress just like that of science itself.
We don’t need to say anything, but you might want to.
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