DARWIN'S BLACK BOX : The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution Hardcover – 1996
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If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed,which could not possibly have been formed by numerous,successive,slight modifications,my theory would absolutely break down.
Move over,Mr. Darwin.
Michael J Bede presents a solid treatise supporting Intelligent Design,as he explicates persuausively the Biochemical Challenge to evolution.
Professor Bede has a gift for making the complicated simple.His evidence of Intelligent Design illustrates how unreassonable it is to believe that life developed through evolution.
Illustration 1: The Cilia
Illustration 2: The Eye
Illustration 3: The Bombardier Beetle
Illustration 4: Blood Clotting.
DARWIN'S BLACK BOX is a captivating adventure for readers of every age and persuasion.
In "Darwin's Black Box," Dr. Behe addresses but one issue - whether evolutionary theory can adequately explain the "enormous complexity" found within the living cell. He concludes that intelligent design alone can explain such "irreducible complexity." While others have argued the value of the biological issues involved, the perspective of a philosopher would be how Behe approaches the concept of finality in nature, a finality which he insists bespeaks intelligent design.
Behe's arguments rest on "extrinsic" finality. The classic example is William Paley's famous watch, whose parts are clearly put together and directed to an end outside their individual natures by an intelligent agent. According to Behe, if intracellular mechanisms exist that cannot be explained in terms of stepwise mutations, this shows the need for an extrinsic agent, an intelligent designer assembling the cell's discrete parts for a common goal. This argument is similar to, but clearly distinct from, the "intrinsic" finality central to Thomas Aquinas' famous Fifth Way. Intrinsic finality differs in that the end is achieved from within a thing's nature and by its own powers.Read more ›
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I can appreciate that Michael Behe's supporters might fail to grasp the effectiveness of some of the more technical refutations of this book that have been presented. Read morePublished on July 11 2004
The book that basically started it all, where whispers in the scientific community against neo-Darwinism became public discourse. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by J A W
Behe presents a solid challenge to a Darwinian view of how life started on Earth (though he leaves the question of how it could begin elsewhere unchallenged). Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Joe E. Richardson III
Michael Behe has done a superb job of presenting the case for intelligent design based on biochemical systems as well as using other every day analogies to make the case more... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Patricia Carey
great book! well argued and not overwraught. mr. behe does not assert that god must be the designer. i dont think he even states there MUST be any designer. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by sean calpini
This is a thought provoking book provided your mind is open to alternatives other than the theory of evolution that has been promoted as fact for the last century. Read morePublished on May 18 2004
Darwin's Black Box was an admittedly good read, and well writen. Behe has an entertaining writing style and scores high points in my view for intellectual honesty in avoiding over... Read morePublished on May 16 2004
This is indeed one of the greatest pieces of charlatanism I've came across. Behe is a great example of narrow-minded reductionist "scientist" who doesn't have a clue about modern... Read morePublished on May 10 2004