Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

In 1996, Darwin s Black Box helped to launch the intelligent design movement the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness It sparked a national debate on evolution, which continues to intensify across the country From one end of the spectrum to the other, Darwin s Black Box has established itself as the key intelligent design text In 1996, Darwin s Black Box helped to launch the intelligent design movement the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness It sparked a national debate on evolution, which continues to intensify across the country From one end of the spectrum to the other, Darwin s Black Box has established itself as the key intelligent design text the one argument that must be addressed in order to determine whether Darwinian evolution is sufficient to explain life as we know it.In a major new Afterword for this edition, Behe explains that the complexity discovered by microbiologists has dramatically increased since the book was first published That complexity is a continuing challenge to Darwinism, and evolutionists have had no success at explaining it Darwin s Black Box is important today than ever.
Darwin s Black Box The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution In Darwin s Black Box helped to launch the intelligent design movement the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design beyond Darwinian randomness It sparked a national debate on evolution

  • Title: Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
  • Author: Michael J. Behe
  • ISBN: 9780743290319
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I have noticed that all the reviews of this book that are negative or refer to it as well debunked and (every scientist already knows this is crap). Not one can give a specific simple example of how behe can be challenged. simply stated they have no such answer. They can't. Because Behe is right. no matter whether you believe in creationism or design or evolution or what ever your stance, there simply is no well articulated answer to his argument. when someone points one out. not with some footn [...]

    2. As an evolutionary biologist I feel obligated to review this book. Behe really does give a valuable critique of evolutionary theory by giving canonical examples of systems that he believes cannot evolve. Behe's thesis is weak in the sense that he doesn't discredit evolution, he simply thinks there are cases that evolution cannot handle at the level of cellular systems (A strong version would argue that evolution is impossible or not true).What makes the book valuable is that it shines a light on [...]

    3. Here's why I liked this book: When I was a student of human biology and genetics, I noticed that my professors were always talking about the body anthropomorphically. "The cell, knowing it's low on sodium, picks it up from the blood stream." Okay, two problems with this explanation. One, cells don't "know" things because cells don't have minds and they are not rational. Second problem, nobody liked to go into detail about _exactly_ how the cell takes in the sodium. I guess maybe they didn't have [...]

    4. This is an amazing, scientific explanation of the intricacies of design revealed in the microscopic world that scream, "This is no accident!" Darwin would be the first to repent after reading this. Just the chapter on blood clotting alone is worth getting the book-an excellent springboard for faith sharing.

    5. Michael Behe is a perfect example of Science gone wrong. He demonstrates that science has come so far in the past several decades that we now have more questions, and fewer answers, than ever before. Rather than inspiring him to seek out the hard-to-find answers, he seems content, indeed determined, to invoke a higher being as the answer to the difficult questions of science. The logic of his arguements is frustrating, to say the least, because it can't be argued. What ever he thinks he knows ab [...]

    6. This along with Darwin On Trial are two of the foundational books in the intelligent design movement. Somewhat heavy.

    7. I can't claim to be well-versed in biochemistry, so I cannot really comment on the validity of Behe's claims in favor of intelligent design. I was simply floored, however, with the descriptions of the biochemical function of the body. A great example is his use of an analogy with the self-sufficient spaceship as a way to describe cell functions. Simply amazing.

    8. This is a must read for any serious student of the evolution/intelligent-design debate. It lays out a clear, respectful and scientific argument against certain aspects of modern evolutionary theory. It does give clear credit to evolutionary thinking for the many contributions its proponents have made, but points out areas in biochemistry where an evolutionary approach is completely untenable. Behe also summarizes the history of the scientific debate on the question of origins, and concludes with [...]

    9. The best scientific challenge to evolution I have ever read. Deep. Had to read many passages several times, but well worth it.

    10. Shirley Tilghman referred to this work in her 2005 George Romanes lecture at Oxford University. She didn't however grapple with its specific and compelling arguments for the impotence of natural selection in accounting for the astounding 'irreducible' complexity of many biological systems. What is astonishing is the sheer number and scale of examples which render attainment by a snail-like, step by step Dawkins/Darwin approach beyond sober acceptance. The wealth of examples like the coagulation [...]

    11. This biochemist challenges the simplicity of evolutionary theory by showing that the invention of the modern microscope in the 1850's debunks the basis of Darwinism. The author "dumbs down" the biochemical process for readers like myself and even gives a warning when the explanations are going to get really complicated, which the reader may choose to not read and still feel like he/she understands the basics (which is what I had to do!). A good read that shows how miraculous the human body is. I [...]

    12. Anyone reading this book with an open mind (not Dawkins followers) will have no option but to seriously question the evolution Hypothesis, it is not a theory yet as there is not a shred of evidence to support it.

    13. Apparently very technical, but is pseudoscience using the old argument that some biochemical systems irreducibly complex. Tries to baffle with tech bullshit. Read these reviews:/review/show/review/show

    14. This is a great resource for the creationist. It's written by a scientist who has used some of the intricate biochemical processes to refute evolution. Some of it gets a bit technical, but overall, it's pretty easy to understand.

    15. [Book] (It's not the Devil that's in the details) Irreducible Complexity--Things are too complicated to have simply evolved. Very readable scientific book that shows the great short comings of Darwinism.

    16. This book is a must read if you are interested in the concepts of natural selection, mutations and evolution.Behe presents the incredible complexity involved in a mutation occuring and the mutation being beneficial to the particular animal.

    17. I read this several years ago while in college. Easier to understand if you have at least a little science background. He brings up some very interesting challenges to some aspects of evolution.

    18. This is Great! It shows how Evolution (as we learn it) cannot happen because of symbiotic relations!

    19. I had the pleasure of eviscerating this book for a philosophy of science seminar in graduate school. It was suggested that I work up a publishable paper aiming at a more worthy target. My point, which some will think unfair, is that in addition to the author's presumably willful ignorance about the mechanisms of natural selection (he teaches biochemistry at a reputable university), there is a philosophical problem with his approach, viz. that invoking intentional explanations (in terms of reason [...]

    20. This postscript would normally follow my review but I am putting it at the top to avoid any situations where readers say 'this reviewer is an idiot!' and thus not finish the review and see this postscript.I wanted to read Behe's work without any background so I waited until I finished before Googling for the fallout I was sure must have followed the publication of this work (just based on my own bias if nothing else). I must say that as prepared as I was for some noisy rejoinder I did not expect [...]

    21. I read this as a counter point book to my books on evolution. In this book, the author, Michael Behe, presents an idea that he calls irreducible complexity. In a nut shell, a biological system is irreducibly complex if you are unable to take a piece of it away and have it still function in the same way. Evolution operates through gradual changes; so, an irreducibly complex system cannot be brought about by evolution, because that would require a drastic change, where all parts of the system come [...]

    22. As a person always desiring to be knowledgeable on controversial issues, I obviously have found the evolution/creation debate particularly necessary to research. After all, the implications of such conclusions are enormous. Literature supporting either side, however, quickly disenchants me. An evolutionist's paper lauds the same examples over and over and over in rather vague terms and use circuitous arguments to say "we can see natural selection through this which happens because of naural sele [...]

    23. I think the ignorance with which this book was written is summed up with the first sentence under the intelligent design section on page 187, "The impotence of Darwinian theory in accounting for the molecular basis of life is evident not only from the analyses of this book, but also from the complete absence in the professional scientific literature of any detailed models by which complex biochemical systems could have been produced" Darwin was a brilliant man who contributed immensely to our un [...]

    24. This is the book that was supposed to bring Intelligent Design into the scientific mainstream. A close look at its reviews show a bunch of really LOW scores from scientific types (who think any mention of ID is automatically grounds for the "bad scientist of the year" award) and really HIGH scores from creationist types (who are pretty much happy with any book that helps solidfy their point of view). I rate this one somewhere in the middle. As a Christian who also sees the strength in the theory [...]

    25. Michael J Behe did very little research for this book, which basically amounts to one large argument from incredulity. He claimed he had this book peer-reviewed, which was a lie and something he had to admit in court.Michael Atchison has stated that he did not review the book at all, but spent 10 minutes on the phone receiving a brief overview of the book which he then endorsed without ever seeing the text.leaderu/real/ri9902/atShapiro has said that he reviewed the book, and while he agreed with [...]

    26. Behe makes the tired case that the complexity of the microbiological system is evidence against evolutionary theory. He does this by presenting overwhelming complex microbiological systems. In one detailed case study after another, he trots out the standard fare, the flagellum of microorganisms, the bombardier beetle, the human eye. He holds the complexity of these systems to be irreducibly complex. That is, to remove one element of the system is to remove one element from these complex systems [...]

    27. Behe's "seminal" work purporting to have discovered a biochemical flaw in evolutionary theory is more of a cultural phenomenon than scientific discovery. A customary glance toward Behe's citations brings up several people who would be considered fringe scientists, or perhaps even pseudo-scientists; yet Behe quotes these people as though they were well respected in their various fields. Assigning scientific credibility to people who believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories and homeopathic medicine is [...]

    28. I feel it is important to understand both sides of the argument. This side gets an A for effort. There's nothing wrong with the biochemistry here but what shocks me is the incredible leap taken to explain its origins. The problem here is a lack of understanding of evolutionary theory and a refusal to accept it for very unscientific reasons. In other words, a refusal to really look at both sides. Since this is a scientific argument, let's ignore for a moment the religious implications and just fo [...]

    29. I came upon this book by chance, and picked it up from the library. Let me start by saying I have never read a book about evolution, have never really cared either way about it. Recently I have thought that many religious people assert that Darwin's theory of Evolution does not negate a creator, and leave the argument at that. Most of those people are like me and have no knowledge of natural science enough to form an argument on their terms. The main thesis of this book is that modern biochemist [...]

    30. Michael J. Behe's Darwin's Black Box is meticulously crafted to produce "a loud, clear, piercing cry of 'design!' ". An evolutionist under the guise of an intelligent design proponent, Behe cleverly weaves together all of ID's arguments along with its fallacies, careful to include contradictions within pages of each other, and oftentimes, within the same paragraph. Behe's scientific examples are described well, and are accentuated with inaccurate, misleading analogies, designed to be obvious to [...]

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