Evolution on Trial by Anonymous

Evolution on Trial

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A debut work of nonfiction argues that the case for evolution turns out to be much weaker than widely assumed.

Evolution is the most widely accepted explanation for the development and diversification of life on Earth, but why? There is no scientific case to support evolutionary theory, Anonymous argues, but rather a lot of piecemeal evidence that requires a great deal of speculation to weave into a circumstantial and unverifiable argument. Furthermore, the author finds evolution to be illogical and filled with inconsistencies: “No one can logically conclude that it is true based on reason alone.” After discussing some alternative views—including Young Earth creationism, dinosaur denial, and evolution hoax/conspiracy theories—Anonymous presents evidence that   makes “supernatural intelligence...a viable alternative to evolutionary theory,” which fills in some of the theory’s holes. Anonymous then argues that the theory has become popular in large part because it is a strong bulwark for atheism, and that the indoctrination of generations of scientists and academics has led to its solidification as accepted fact. More than offering alternatives, the author seeks to force the reader to question this bias, in the hopes that a new open-mindedness might be achieved regarding the origins of life. The author frames the argument for evolution as though it were a legal one, in which circumstantial evidence is not enough to convict. Science, however, does not operate based on the same standards as the law. Science seeks not to convict anyone or anything, but simply to put forward the most likely theory. Anonymous claims to have no dog in the fight, but there is a clear theistic subtext to the author’s argument. (Why else would Anonymous claim, unnecessarily, that “it is illogical to accept evolutionary theory and maintain a belief in God”?) The author is well acquainted with the pro-evolutionary evidence, and delivers it with clarity and in great detail. In fact, the presentation of the evolutionary argument is so strong (and his arguments against it so weak) that readers may feel more confident of evolution’s veracity than they did before.

A defensive and unconvincing argument against evolutionary theory.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5246-6434-3
Page count: 194pp
Publisher: AuthorHouseUK
Program: Kirkus Indie
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