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DARWIN'S BLACK BOX : The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution Hardcover – 1996

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Free Press (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684827549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684827544
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 436 customer reviews
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Michael Behe's notion of irreducibly complex systems presents a formidable challenge to evolution by natural selection. Behe discusses several such systems: Bombardier Beetle, cilium, flagellum, blood clotting system and the complement cascade which is involved in immunity, as well as the the molecular structure of cells and their various compartments. His idea is very simple, and he makes it even simpler by his mouse trap example. The mouse trap is an irreducibly complex system wherein the absence of one part results in the dysfunction of the rest of the other parts. So, if Darwin's idea of evolution entails piecemeal development by natural selection, how can it account for irreducibly complex systems? In his book "Living with Darwin", the philosopher of science Philip Kitcher admits that the notion of irreducible complexity is a major challenge to Darwinism and evolution. He unsuccessfully puts forward a counterargument. Darwin, as Behe rightly maintains in his book, based his theory on the gross examination of living organism, but recent advances in molecular biology puts his theory of evolution in a very difficult position.

I gave the book three stars just because I thought that it might have been a shorter book. The author spent too much time (Chap 3-7) discussing the different systems. It felt an overkill to me. Those five chapters could have been collapsed into one chapter in which he can briefly disucss those systems. Behe made his thesis very clear just by the example of the mouse trap. However, I didn't have to read those chapters since my background is in the health sciences and I understand the complexity of the different systems he talked about especially the blood clotting and complement systems as well as the cellular production of energy and the cell structure. Still the main thesis is very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see how evolution by natural selection could be very plausibly challenged.
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It truly amazing the lengths some "scientific" followers of the prophet Darwin will go attack this book. It seems Evolutionary detractors will all their extended courses in Molecular Biology, never acquirment even a basic understanding in elementary Logic. Merely attacking Behe and Creationists (of Which Behe is not) as Stupid and calling them repeately is a Argumet ad Hominem to be rejected by most basic rules of Logic. They then accuse Behe of coming up with his conclusion in advance and twisting the facts to support his conclusion. This argument is used by every side od an issue in virtually every questian puzzling humanity. In the field of Christian Apologetics, Catholics accuse Protestants of "prooftexting the Bible" (Having a Conclusion beforehand, and then searching for texts to support it) and Protestants in turn accuse Catholics of "prooftexting" the Early Church Fathers. What a surprise! The point is both sides of an issue often accuse the other have a preordianed conclusion. The sheer animosity of hard core evolutionists attacks demonstrates what happens to any one blaspheming their Darwinian Dogmas. It reminds of my College Biology Textbook which begins page one with assumption that Evolution is a undeniable fact - no attempt is ever made to prove its scientific truthfulness to reader being indoctrinated. This reader is not a creationist but always questioned the way Biology textbooks in High School and College assumed a lot without proof. Behe makes people question the underlying assumptions of a "Theory Taught as infalliable Dogma in Public Edcation" and for that he must be silenced by the Scientific inquistion.
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Charles Darwin,in his famous book The Origin of The Species,wrote:

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.
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Haven't Christians grown up from this kind of argument yet? Come on, it's time to move on. Design arguments like this went out with Paley's gang. God is the Infinite Reality, the Source of all, who has endowed the univise with transcendent purpose and meaning. By definition, this cannot be proved or dis-proved, because the Infinite Spirit of the Almighty Christ transcends our finite minds. A child-like faith is all we need to know the truth. What's more, "the Kingdom of God is within", said JC (Luke 17.21). Behe has his ladder against the wrong wall, methinks. The book is well written, mind. Well done Behe.
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It truly amazing the lengths some "scientific" followers of the prophet Darwin will go attack this book. It seems Evolutionary detractors with all their extended courses in substantive Biology, never acquired even a basic understanding in elementary Logic. Merely attacking Behe and Creationists (of Which Behe is not) as Stupid and calling them repeately is a ad Hominem Argument to be rejected by most basic rules of Logic. I look down at number of reviewer who refer Creationists and I.D as drowning in Stupidity over and over again. They then accuse Behe of coming up with his conclusion in advance and twisting the facts to support his conclusion. This argument is used by every side of an issue in virtually every questian puzzling humanity. In the field of Christian Apologetics, Catholics accuse Protestants of "prooftexting the Bible" (Having a Conclusion beforehand, and then searching for texts to support it) and Protestants in turn accuse Catholics of "prooftexting" the writings of the Early Church Fathers. Both sides accuse each other of prooftexting to support a pre-conceived conclusion. What a surprise! The point is both sides of an issue often accuse the other have a preordianed conclusion. The sheer animosity of hard core evolutionists attacks demonstrates what happens to any one blaspheming their Darwinian Dogmas. It reminds of my College Biology Textbook which begins page one with assumption that Evolution is a undeniable fact - no attempt is ever made to prove its scientific truthfulness to reader being indoctrinated. These Biology textbooks usually assumed early on in textbook before the student has adequate knowledge of Biology to form a reasoned judgment.Read more ›
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