The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of DarwinismMichael J. Behe
Free Press (hardback, 320 pages), 2007
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When Michael J. Behe's first book, Darwin's Black Box, was published in 1996, it was instrumental in launching the intelligent design movement. Critics howled, yet hundreds of thousands of readers -- and a growing number of scientists -- were intrigued by Behe's claim that Darwinism could not explain the complex machinery of the cell.
Now, in his long-awaited follow-up, Behe presents far more than a challenge to Darwinism: He presents the evidence of the genetics revolution -- the first direct evidence of nature's mutational pathways -- to radically redefine the debate about Darwinism. How much of life does
As a result, for the first time in history
Although it will be controversial and stunning, this finding actually fits a general pattern discovered by other branches of science in recent decades: The universe as a whole was fine-tuned for life. From physics to cosmology to chemistry to biology, life on earth stands revealed as depending upon an endless series of unlikely events. The clear conclusion: The universe was designed for life.
"In The Edge of Evolution Michael Behe carefully assesses the evidence of what Darwin's mechanism of random mutation and selection can achieve in well documented cases, and shows that even in those cases that maximize its power as a creative force it has only been able to generate very trivial examples of evolutionary change. Could such an apparently impotent and mindless force really have built the sophisticated molecular devices found throughout nature? The answer, he insists, is no. The only common-sense explanation is intelligent design."
-- Michael Denton, M.D., Ph.D., author of Nature's Destiny
"In crystal-clear prose Behe systematically shreds the central dogma of atheistic science, the doctrine of the random universe. This book, like the natural phenomena it so elegantly describes, shows the unmistakable signs of a very deep intelligence at work."
-- Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., Research Psychiatrist, UCLA, and author of The Mind & The Brain
"Until the past decade and the genomics revolution,
-- Dr. Philip Skell, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at
"With this book, Michael Behe shows that he is truly an independent thinker of the first order. He carefully examines the data of evolution, along the way making an argument for universal common descent that will make him no friends among young-earth creationists, and draws in new facts, especially the data on malaria, that have not been part of the public debate at all up to now. This book will take the intelligent design debate into new territory and represents a unique contribution to the longstanding question of philosophy: Can observation of the physical world guide our thinking about religious questions?"
-- Dr. David Snoke, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Table of Contents
1 The Elements of Darwinism
2 Arms Race or Trench Warfare?
3 The Mathematical Limits of Darwinism
4 What Darwinism Can Do
5 What Darwinism Can't Do
7 The Two-Binding-Sites Rule
8 Objections to the Edge
9 The Cathedral and the Spandrels
10 All the World's a Stage
Appendix A - I, Nanobot
Appendix B - Malaria Drug Resistance
Appendix C - Assembling the Bacterial Flagellum
Appendix D - The Cardsharp
About the Author
Michael J. Behe is a Professor of Biological Science at