Two New Discovery Institute Books

This is big news, dear reader. It’s about not one, but two new books for teaching the Discovery Institute’s “theory” of intelligent design.

The first is mentioned at the website of AOL: ‘World-changing’ book claims to ‘dismantle’ the theory of evolution, and scare-quotes are used not only in the headline, but throughout their article. They say, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A new book claims that “our intuition was right all along,” that the universe had a creator. In Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed [Amazon listing], the new book by engineer-turned-molecular-biologist Douglas Axe, Axe says his years of research into the genius of life has led him to conclude that the answer ‘can only be God.”

We wrote about that one a month ago — see Klinghoffer Gushes over Book by Douglas Axe, so there’s not much new to say, except to note that there appears to be some kind of publicity campaign to promote the thing. Here’s one more excerpt from AOL:

According to Axe, the research he provides with his book disproves Darwin’s theory of evolution, revealing “a gaping hole has been at its center from the beginning.”

Thrilling, huh? Now for the second new book. We learn about it at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: In The Design of Life, Dembski and Wells Offer a Powerful Survey of the Case for Intelligent Design. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

To really appreciate the evidence for intelligent design, do you ever get the feeling you need several shelves of weighty tomes by design theorists, a great deal of time for reading and understanding them, and a PhD in biology, math, or philosophy wouldn’t hurt either?

No, we never get that feeling. Let’s read on:

At the same time, the question of whether life’s history bears the imprint of purposeful guidance is an ultimate question. Perhaps the ultimate question for every person to consider.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The Discoveroids continue:

… How about a book that gives a view of the forest of ID evidences from high above, rather than one tree, however magnificent? Come on, Discovery Institute, give it to us!

Well, guess what? We did, and it’s here. It is The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems, by mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski and molecular and cell biologist Jonathan Wells. Both are Senior Fellows of the Center for Science & Culture, prolific authors and star scholars, decorated with advanced degrees from the University of Chicago, Yale, and UC Berkeley.

This is the book’s Amazon listing. The publisher is something called ISI Distributed Titles. Who are they? The Discoveroids inform us:

[The book was] published originally by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics, now available to celebrate the launch of a new imprint of Discovery Institute Press, Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) Books.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That was the publisher of the most famous creationist text ever — Of Pandas and People — and it’s now part of the Discoveroids’ in-house publisher. That’s the big news in the Discoveroids’ post, but they probably don’t realize it. Well, they do now. Here’s more:

The Design of Life hits all the most fascinating challenges to orthodox evolutionary theory posed by top ID advocates, and the most substantial reasons for substituting Design for Darwinism. It’s all here!

This is what you’ve been looking for, dear reader. Hey — they give us an impressive recommendation:

Another key figure in ID’s scientific community, biochemist Michael Behe, says, “When future intellectual historians list the books that toppled Darwin’s theory, The Design of Life will be at the top.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Okay, that’s enough. Now, dear reader, your summer reading list is complete. But you’d better hurry up and buy these books before they’re all sold out.

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12 responses to “Two New Discovery Institute Books

  1. I actually have a copy, bought it about year ago. Not a new book by any stretch of the imagination, published 2008 in the aftermath of Dover. Compared to “Pandas and People” it is equally superficial and dippy, just longer.

  2. As one that has taught genetics, molecular biology, and evolution for 38 years I’m quaking in my boots. Not!

  3. “[Douglas] Axe says his years of research into the genius of life has led him to conclude that the answer ‘can only be God.”

    This should be framed and displayed in every school board meeting or public venue where the Dishonesty Institute claims they don’t know who their great intelligent designer is. Obviously they are liars, we know that, and the public should be aware of that. Maybe send a copy to Louisiana and Tennessee legislators and state school boards as well.

  4. Now what is the book about – evidence for ID or toppling Darwinism? I don’t have any PhD, but still understand that the two are not exactly the same.

  5. Biokid confesses: “As one that has taught genetics, molecular biology, and evolution for 38 years …”

    It’s not too late to repent!

  6. @mnbo
    How about a description of ID. A positive description, one which does not rely on “something has to be wrong with evolution, please”. A description which tells us about the constraints on God or Intelligent Designers so that they have to design their way around them. Etc.

  7. michaelfugate

    SC opines, “No, we never get that feeling.”

    Classic, thanks.

  8. michaelfugate
  9. michaelfugate

    Looking for reviews of “Design of Life”, I ran across this. Enjoy.

  10. ‘The Design of Life’ was the (renamed) third edition of ‘Of Pandas and People’, and was first published in 2007. Presumably this is the second edition of DoL and thus the fourth edition of Pandas.

  11. michaelfugate

    Did you notice they are dumping it for only $10?

  12. Eric Lipps

    Axe should be chastised, if not sued, for cribbing from the title of Bill Nye’s pro-evolution book, reviewed favorably by the Wall Street Journal, hardly a bastion of leftism. His own arguments are hardly “undeniable.”