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Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution

Edward J. Larson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195154719
eISBN:
9780199849505
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154719.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book traces the coverage, or lack thereof, of evolution in textbooks used in American public schools from the mid–1800s to the present. While the teaching of Darwinian evolution was common and ... More


The History in Evolution

John Alcock

in An Enthusiasm for Orchids: Sex and Deception in Plant Evolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182743
eISBN:
9780199790005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182743.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines the way in which evolutionary biologists accomplish the goal of uncovering evolutionary history through the comparative method. This method is contrasted with that of the ... More


Darwin's Legacy in America

Larry A. Witham

in Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150452
eISBN:
9780199834860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150457.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The debate between creationists and evolutionists stems from America's view of God and nature, of science, and of attitudes toward social elites and taxes. This chapter looks at events in ... More


Search for the Underdog

Larry A. Witham

in Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150452
eISBN:
9780199834860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150457.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Public events of 2000 illustrate the continuing social debate. The “intelligent design” movement emerges. Two predictions are made: (1) A sociological split over middle‐class values will swing the ... More


Thermodynamics and the Origins of Order

Niall Shanks

in God, the Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195161991
eISBN:
9780199835058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161998.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The creationist claim that evolution is inconsistent with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that entropy in the universe increases, is discussed and refuted: local reductions in entropy ... More


How I Got Here

Jason Rosenhouse

in Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199744633
eISBN:
9780190267827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

In this chapter, the author presents some relevant biographical information about how a nonreligious mathematician like him developed an interest in evolution and creationism as well as his general ... More


An Introduction to Evolution

Jason Rosenhouse

in Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199744633
eISBN:
9780190267827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

This chapter provides a primer on evolution, first by discussing those aspects of evolution that are most relevant to disputes with proponents of creationism. In particular, it considers two of the ... More


Creationist Perspectives on Geology

Timothy H. Heaton

in For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520257580
eISBN:
9780520943711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257580.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Probably no scientific discipline has been more contentious among creationists than geology. At the time Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species, the concept of an old Earth with a complex ... More


The Misguided Attack on Methodological Naturalism

Keith B. Miller

in For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520257580
eISBN:
9780520943711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257580.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Both traditional creationists and intelligent design (ID) advocates argue that the methodological limitation of science to the study of natural agents and processes is equivalent to the denial of the ... More


Escalating Tactics

James Lawrence Powell

in The Inquisition of Climate Science

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157193
eISBN:
9780231527842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157193.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

This chapter discusses global warming deniers's use of tactics that mimic those of the creationists. One of the most successful strategies of creationists has been to appeal to the good old American ... More


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