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Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-science. It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science. The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non-scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values. It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the s, but since it must, Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and forcefully. Not long ago, a federal court struck down an Arkansas law requiring that "scientific" Creationism be taught in high school science classes. Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle, but their cause continues to thrive.

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Shelves: read-and-sold Sort of reads like the textbook it was. Oct 21, Alan rated it really liked it Tries to take on all Creationist "science" in pages and does a valiant job but the topicdeserves several books to do it justice.

But nowhere does he ask "Where is the science in Creation science? This book treats the idea of creationism, and the people working to popularize creationism, with more respect than what I think they are due--and I suppose it makes it all the more powerful. Kitcher, at every turn, does his best to assign nothing but good faith to the creationist camp; even while completing the quotes they have taken out of context, and while filling in the blanks for all of the vital qualifying statements made by the misquoted 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 knowledge 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.

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Mouseover for Online Attention Data Overview Praise Summary Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-science. It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science. The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non-scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values. It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the s, but since it must, Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and forcefully. Not long ago, a federal court struck down an Arkansas law requiring 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.

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It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science. The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non-scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values. It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the s, but since it must, Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and forcefully. Not long ago, a federal court struck down an Arkansas law requiring that "scientific" Creationism be taught in high school science classes.

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