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Thread #134693   Message #3283427
Posted By: Bill D
02-Jan-12 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: Young Earth Creationism
Subject: RE: BS: Young Earth Creationism
I have recently finished reading The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould. (You can read excerpts at that Google Books link)

It is one of my recommendations in a list of books I have tentatively titled "How to Think". (I have been planning a thread on this for weeks now....this may be the impetus to get me organized.)

"The Panda's Thumb" is an exploration of topics in Natural History, with many examples showing how the discussion and study of **evolution** has been confused and misunderstood.

The point is: it is not enough to be 'for' or 'against' the idea of evolution.... it is just too complex to dismiss OR accept based on various simplistic arguments.....and Gould goes into all the pitfalls that many on both sides encounter.

Those who already accept the concept of evolution would find exceptional explanations of just what is at issue...and discover that there are several camps, even among those who do accept it.

Those who resist the very idea of evolution need to explore the carefully organized points and become aware that accepting evolution does not necessarily conflict with notions of some 'higher power'.
(I really doubt that most hard-core creationists will manage to grasp either the book's explanations or the overall intent....but one can always hope....)