Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Celebrating Ten Years of Darwin's Black Box

August 2006 marks the ten year anniversary of Dr. Michael J. Behe's best-selling book Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. In celebration of the 10 years of this book, a 10th aniversary edition of the book has been released with a new afterward written by Behe.

Darwin's Black Box was named by National Review and World magazines as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th Century. In addition it has received much praise from both friends and foes. Here is just a sampling of that praise:


"Michael Behe has done a top-notch job of explaining and illuminating one of the most vexing problems in biology: the origin of the complexity that permeates all of life on this planet.... This book should be on the essential reading list of all those who are interested in the question of where we came from, as it presents the most thorough and clever presentation of the design argument that I have seen."
-Robert Shapiro, author of Origins: A Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth

"[A] valuable critique of an all-too-often unchallenged orthodoxy."
-James Shapiro, National Review

"No one can propose to defend Darwin without meeting the challenges set out in this superbly written and compelling book."
-David Berlinski, author of A Tour of Calculus


Thank you to Dr. Behe for his exceptional book. It is a challenge against Darwinian evolution that cannot go unnoticed. Thank you and best of luck to Dr. Behe in the future.

4 comments:

William Bradford said...

"No one can propose to defend Darwin without meeting the challenges set out in this superbly written and compelling book."
-David Berlinski, author of A Tour of Calculus


And despite beliefs to the contrary the challenges have not been met. Cooption is an experimentally weak concept. Citing homologous proteins as precursors requires acceptance of a conclusion (an evolutionary mechanism) as an evidentiary basis for refuting Behe's challenge to evolution. 'Darwin's Black Box' had a big impact on my thinking. If nothing else it puts into perspective what an accumulation of slightly advantagous changes might entail.

Only Jesus Saves said...

I bought the BC edition of Behe's book the other day in Bagkok. I started reading and I found that his arguments sound. Yet, I am wondering if that book is being or has been translated into Indonesian. I found ID is very much obscured a topic in Indonesia. There was even one blogger who labeled Behe as creationist

William Bradford said...

Yet, I am wondering if that book is being or has been translated into Indonesian. I found ID is very much obscured a topic in Indonesia. There was even one blogger who labeled Behe as creationist

I would be surprised if the book has been translated into the local language but do not know for sure. Behe's beliefs are not so easily catalogued. A Roman Catholic, Behe of course believes in God but he is also on record as stating he believes in common descent. Considered a prominent spokesman for ID, Behe might also fit the category of theistic evolutionist. That does not mitigate the hostility of Darwinists toward him. They simply cannot forgive him for suggesting his concept of irreducible complexity is problematic for a paradigm based on natural selection and no intelligent input.

Only Jesus Saves said...

I am sorry, I did not clarify what does "creationist' mean here in this context. Creationist means those who use / abuse science to proof the Bible.