Darwin's Black Box

Darwin's Black Box

The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

Book - 2006
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Darwin's Black Box helped to launch the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today, with the movement stronger than ever, Michael J. Behe updates the book with an important new Afterword on the state of the debate.


Naming Darwin's Black Box to the National Review's list of the 100 most important nonfiction works of the twentieth century, George Gilder wrote that it "overthrows Darwin at the end of the twentieth century in the same way that quantum theory overthrew Newton at the beginning." Discussing the book in The New Yorker in May 2005, H. Allen Orr said of Behe, "he is the most prominent of the small circle of scientists working on intelligent design, and his arguments are by far the best known." From one end of the spectrum to the other, Darwin's Black Box has established itself as the key text in the Intelligent Design movement--the one argument that must be addressed in order to determine whether Darwinian evolution is sufficient to explain life as we know it, or not.

For this edition, Behe has written a major new Afterword tracing the state of the debate in the decade since it began. It is his first major new statement on the subject and will be welcomed by the thousands who wish to continue this intense debate.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, c2006.
Edition: 10th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780743290319
Branch Call Number: 572.838 BEH
Characteristics: xii, 329 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 29, 2016

The funny thing about this book and its attempted deconstruction of Darwin's theory of natural selection is that it is dated. Or more correctly, it was outdated before it was published. Behe served as an expert witness in a trial to determine if Intelligent design were science or religion (the Bush appointed Conservative judge found that ID was religion by the way, and therefore could not be presented in Science Classrooms as science). On the witness stand, Behe's arguments (also presented in this book) fell apart as long ago discredited and out of date and simply wrong. Behe admitted to not reading papers that would contradict his preferred viewpoint and further admitted that his view of science was so broad that it would also have to include astrology.

Behe is a biologist and one of the few actual experts that Intelligent Design can marshal to its defense, but this book was outdated when Behe wrote it, and is a joke now.

Dec 11, 2012

“Intelligent Design” (ID) is to evolutionary biology as alchemy is to chemistry, as astrology is to astronomy
"Gravity (a theory in crisis) vs. Intelligent Falling."
For the crushing defeat of the creationists' wedge strategy, watch Judgment Day : Intelligent Design on Trial 2008
Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688)
Quoting Wikipedia: Michael J. Behe (b.1952) is an intelligent design advocate. He currently serves as professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and as a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Behe is best known for his argument for irreducible complexity, which asserts that some biochemical structures are too complex to be adequately explained by known evolutionary mechanisms and are therefore more probably the result of intelligent design. Behe has testified in several court cases related to intelligent design, including the court case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that resulted in a ruling that intelligent design was religious in nature. Behe's claims about the irreducible complexity of essential cellular structures have been rejected by the vast majority of the scientific community, and his own biology department at Lehigh University published an official statement opposing Behe's views and intelligent design.
“Michael Behe, arguing that intelligent design should be allowable in public schools, admitted that his definition of science was broad enough to include astrology.” http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Young_Earth_creationism

Sep 22, 2012

As I studied bilogy in college, I developed an uncomfortable feeling about the theory of evolution. The inter-cellular structures and components were very complex. As our resolution increases with technology, we are able to see how much more complex the inner workings of the cell are. The second law of thermodynamics and entropy bothered me when trying to get my head around complex systems arising out of chance. This book is very thought provoking.

Aug 15, 2012

So here's the deal. This is a great book, filled with lots of the holes that Darwinism leaves. So therefore with this in mind, this book shouldn't be read by ignorant atheists, who don't believe anything a creationist has to say, and then goes and trumpets about very little and obscure "evidence" in anyway they can, and they seem to think that some atheistic movies can prove some points, and they bring up these points even when they have nothing to do with the entire field of science involved in the discussion. Biologically even a amoeba can't change, it is an exact copy of the parent because it reproduces asexually.

Darwinism is the biggest joke ever released onto the scientific community.

Aug 01, 2012

A very good book for the questioning mind. If you are open to look at the facts, Michael Behe provides them in abundance. He takes no position of the evolution theory, just provides evidence that is not refutable.

Jan 20, 2012

Brilliant, clear thinking and focused arguments

Jul 30, 2011

One strength of this book is it shows that the debate in origins science is not between religious belief (creation-ism) on the one hand, and scientific knowledge (evolution) on the other, but that a rigorous debate can take place squarely in the realm of scientific evidence. Keep your eyes open for those who dismiss this book and its arguments by simply waving their hands and saying "Oh, its all been refuted." That close-mindedness smacks of going beyond the evidence and into the realm of evolution-ism, which quite frankly is a religious commitment based on the pronouncements of the secular priesthood which would shut down all discussion which is critical of Darwin.

Jul 24, 2011

Same old, same old. Behe uses the standard "irreducible complexity" of the creationists that has been shot down so many times is species and structure - now he applies it to biochemistry. A rather tired argument. I was hoping to see if the "creation" science actually had some experiments. Alas, this is just a usual attack on evolution.

Jul 23, 2011

An interesting read. I didn't agree with all of his perspectives, but he's got some good points worth consideration.

Jun 27, 2011

See 'Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea' by Carl Zimmer for evidence against many of the claims made by Behe.

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