they have taken out of context and while filling in the blanks for all the vital ualifyinghave taken out of context and filling in the blanks for all of the vital ualifying made by the misuoted scientists abused by their creationist fellows He never accuses them of lying or intentionally misrepresenting facts even though he catches them in the act dozens of times Basically creationism in all of its forms is not a science It makes no useful predictions about observed or unobserved phenomena It is incapable of adding complementary nowledge to areas outside its supposed specialization Finally it destroys pretty much all reason for studying biology by moving the development of life from the natural to supernatural realms Science can only deal with nature and any theory based upon the supernatural by its very definition cannot be scientific The book is a little technical for average readership but well worth riding out Anyone who is interested in the development of life should read this A lucid thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution by natural selection and lucid thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution by natural selection and extension pretty much all of modern physical science In spite of being over 35 years old at this point the book holds up very well not least because Creationist arguments never die they just smell worse and worse with ageKitcher is exceedingly charitable to the Creationists and never accuses them of willfully misrepresenting actual science Additional decades of experience have shown that too many Creationist types are willing to lie for Jesus if it gets their feet in the door But it adds to the force of Kitcher s rebuttal that even taking the most charitable approach Creationism fails utterly at being remotely scientific And Kitcher takes care in laying out a nuanced understanding of scientific progress not merely naive falsificationismOf course for all the pretensions and pseudoscientific posturing Creationism isn t science and never really wants to be it s the fundamentalist conviction that evolution is Evil and Bad and unacceptable to a certain ind of Christian worldview Kitcher lays out in the final chapter a view of the potential compatibility of non fundamentalist Christianity and the established science but again I think he s a bit too charitable Then again I m a filthy heathenOverall a very handy resource for picking apart the thorny though not particularly sophisticated tangle of Creationist nonsense. Ciences Moreover modern biology is intertwined with other fields of science physics chemistry astronomy and geology Creationists hope to persuade the public that education in science should be torn apart to make room for a literal reading of Genesis Abusing Science refutes the popular complaint that the scientific establishment is dogmatic and intolerant denying academic freedom to the unorthodox It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically one by one showing clearly just why they are at best misguided at worst ludicro.
Philip Kitcher ´ 7 Free downloadScientific Creationism isn t good science For example he observes how distinguished 19th Century geologists such as Adam Sedgwick discarded their creationist view of geology realizing that it was outmoded invalid science not supported by empirical evidence Kitcher gives a succinct description of how scientists embark on their research demonstrating how Scientific Creationism falls short of the ideals of excellent science Kitcher successfully notes their research demonstrating how Scientific Creationism falls short of the ideals of excellent science Kitcher successfully notes those who argue eual time for Evolution
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Are Misguided Devious Ormisguided devious or Last but not least Kitcher demonstrates religious origins of Scientific Creationism This is indeed an important primer on how to think rationally answering at length all criticisms of contermporary science by so called scientific creationists First published in the 1980 s Abusing Science remains an important tome in the history and philosophy of science deserving of a broad readership Reposted from my 2001 review Sort of reads like the textbook it was I only made it 12 way thru it wasn t the clear refutation I thought it would be it spends a lot of time spewing the creationist stance to the extent sometimes it s hard to separate out his stance from theirs There is some good stuff in there if you re involved in debates etc but I m not just reading for general interest A lot of well reasoned arguments I like Kitcher s very rational approach You really get the impression that he tried to see things from all sides without being overly dogmatic about the issues That doesn t save the book from the necessarily dull subject matter but that isn t really Kitcher s fault he s making arguments meant for real world purposes and he does a nice job for the most part with what he has Apparently amidst all his philosophy of science texts he also wrote a book on Finnegans Wake Talk about deviation In saying therefore that things are not good according to any standard of goodness but simply by the will of god it seems to me that one destroys without realizing it all the love of god and all his glory for why praise him for what he has done if he would be eually praiseworthy in doing the contrary Gottfried Wilhelm LeibnizThis was a relatively low ey examination of creationism and the supposed controversy between Darwinian evolution and the religious mysticism masuerading as creation science The author closely examines the creationist authors who were popular in his time and proceeds to politely shred them for their lack of scientific understanding while totally dismantling the notion that creationism is anything remotely like a science This book treats. OrcefullyNot long ago a federal court struck down an Arkansas law reuiring that scientific Creationism be taught in high school science classes Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle but their cause continues to thrive Their efforts are directed not only at state legislatures but at local school boards and textbook publishers As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book the integrity of science is under attack The methods of inuiry used in evolutionary biology are those which are used throughout the