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Darwin's Doubt

the explosive origin of animal life and the case for intelligent design

Published by HarperOne in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Charles Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the "Cambrian explosion," 530 million years ago many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In Darwin's Doubt Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life -- a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but also because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the theory of intelligent design -- which holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection -- is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals. - Back cover.

Table of Contents

The mystery of the missing fossils
Darwin's nemesis
The Burgess bestiary
Soft bodies and hard facts
The not missing fossils?
The genes tell the story?
The animal tree of life
Punk eek!
How to build an animal
The Cambrian information explosion
Combinatorial inflation
The origin of genes and proteins
Assume a gene
Complex adaptations and the neo-Darwinian math
The origin of body plans
The epigenetic revolution
After Darwin, what?
The post-Darwinian world and self-organization
Other post-neo-Darwinian models
The possibility of intelligent design
Signs of design in the Cambrian explosion
The rules of science
What's at stake

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Pagination xiii, 498 p.
Dimensions 24 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25428736M
ISBN 10 0062071483
ISBN 13 9780062071484

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