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Review: Darwin's Illness

Year: 
2009
Title: 
Darwin's Illness
Issue: 
6
Author(s): 
Ralph Colp Jr
Date: 
Forthcoming

Poor Darwin; one has to feel sorry for him, not just because he was ill so much of the time, but also because the world now knows so much about his heart palpitations, the color of his urine, and his bowel movements! But the man himself seems to have relished all the details of his symptoms, set out for many years in a diary and in lists sent to an unending supply of doctors and quacks. He is famous for taking "cures" at expensive spas, such as the one run by Dr James Gully (principally involving cold baths and a strict diet).

Gainesville (FL): University of Florida Press, 2008. 337 pages
Page(s): 
40–41
Reviewer: 
Keith Thomson
About the Author(s): 
Keith Thomson
41 Summit Street
Philadelphia Pa 19118
kthomson@amphilsoc.org

Keith Thomson, professor emeritus of natural history at Oxford University and senior research fellow at the American Philosophical Society, is a biologist and historian of science. His latest book is The Young Charles Darwin (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).
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Review: The Young Charles Darwin

Year: 
2010
Title: 
The Young Charles Darwin
Issue: 
1–2
Author(s): 
Keith Thomson
Date: 
January–April
New Haven (CT): Yale University Press, 2009. 276 pages
Page(s): 
27–28
Reviewer: 
Léo F Laporte
About the Author(s): 
Léo F Laporte
430 Nimitz Avenue
Redwood City CA 94061

Léo F Laporte is Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of George Gaylord Simpson: Paleontologist and Evolutionist (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000).
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Review: The Darwin Myth

Year: 
2009
Issue: 
5
Title: 
The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin

Using that “life and lies” formula in the subtitle of this anti-Darwin book was not a wise move by Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Wiker. It invites unfavorable comparison to a similarly titled book about a similarly celebrated white-bearded English sage with an ugly nose. I mean, of course, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, by Rita Skeeter, a book within a book in the Harry Potter series.

Date: 
September–October
Author(s): 
Benjamin Wiker
Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2009. 196 pages.
Page(s): 
42–43
Reviewer: 
Sander Gliboff
About the Author(s): 
Sander Gliboff
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
130 Goodbody Hall
1011 E 3rd St.
Indiana University
Bloomington IN 47405
sgliboff@indiana.edu

Sander Gliboff is Associate Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, and the author of HG Bronn, Ernst Haeckel, and the Origins of German Darwinism: A Study in Translation and Transformation (Cambridge [MA]: MIT Press, 2008).
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RNCSE 29 (2)

Issue: 
2
Year: 
2009
Date: 
March–April
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Review: Render Unto Darwin

Year: 
2009
Title: 
Render Unto Darwin: Philosophical Aspects of the Christian Right’s Crusade Against Science
Issue: 
2

Philosopher of science James H Fetzer argues that creationism, both in its fundamentalist young-earth form and in the guise of allegedly more sophisticated “intelligent design”, fails to qualify as science, and therefore is not a respectable theoretical alternative to evolutionary science. As the book’s subtitle implies, Fetzer holds that the attack on evolution is part of a comprehensive effort by the religious and political right to undermine scientific rationality and the authority of science.

Author(s): 
James H Fetzer
Date: 
March–April
Chicago: Open Court, 2007.
201 pages
Page(s): 
42–43

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Gale G. 1979. Theory of Science: An Introduction to the History, Logic, and Philosophy of Science. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Goldberg M. 2007. Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. New York: WW Norton.

Hedges C. 2006. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. New York: The Free Press.

Laudan L. 1988. The demise of the demarcation problem. In: Ruse M, editor. But is it Science? The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy. Buffalo (NY): Prometheus. p 337–50.

Kitcher P. 1982. Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.

Kitcher P. 2007. Living With Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pennock R. 1999. Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.

Ruse M. 1982. Darwinism Defended. Reading (MA): Addison-Wesley.

Sarkar S. 2007. Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution. Oxford: Blackwell.

Shanks N. 2004. God, the Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reviewer: 
Keith M Parsons
About the Author(s): 
Keith M Parsons
University of Houston, Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058
parsons@uhcl.edu

Keith M Parsons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Among his books is Drawing Out Leviathan: Dinosaurs and the Culture Wars (Bloomington [IN]: Indiana University Press, 2001).
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Response to "Winning their Hearts and Minds"

Title: 
Response to “Winning their Hearts and Minds”
Author(s): 
Sheldon F Gottlieb
Issue: 
2

In the religiously created, artificial creationism/evolution controversy, as in every social political conflict, there are basically three groups: the hard-core pro (non-theistic and theistic evolutionists), the hard-core con, and those in the middle consisting of the undecided and the apathetic — those who do not really care one way or the other. To convince people to side with a specific point of a view, arguments are framed by debaters not for the hard core but for the middle.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
33–34
About the Author(s): 
Sheldon F Gottlieb
10418 Utopia Circle East
Boynton Beach FL 33437
shellyeda@gmail.com

Sheldon F Gottlieb was Professor of Biology at Southern Alabama University, and is now retired. His latest book is The Naked Mind (Flagstaff [AZ]: Best Publishing, 2003).
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Winning Their Hearts and Minds: Who Should Speak for Evolution?

Title: 
Winning Their Hearts and Minds: Who Should Speak for Evolution?
Author(s): 
Daryl P Domning
Issue: 
2

Book reviews in recent issues of RNCSE have showcased a growing number of authors and reviewers who advocate some form of theistic evolution. However, other recent books by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and other militant atheist advocates of evolution have attracted much more media attention — naturally, since extreme views always sell more newspapers than moderate ones.

Year: 
2009
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
30–32
About the Author(s): 
Daryl P Domning
Department of Anatomy
College of Medicine
Howard University
Washington DC 20059
ddomning@howard.edu

Daryl P Domning is Professor of Anatomy at Howard University and coauthor of Original Selfishness: Original Sin and Evil in the Light of Evolution (Aldershot [UK]: Ashgate Publishing, 2006). He is a vertebrate paleontologist and studies sirenians and other marine mammals.
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Volume 29 (2009)

RNCSE 29 (1)
RNCSE 29 (1)
RNCSE 29 (2)

RNCSE 29 (1)

Issue: 
1
Year: 
2009
Date: 
January–February
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Review: Negotiating Darwin

Year: 
2009
Title: 
Negotiating Darwin: The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877-1902
Issue: 
1
Author(s): 
Mariano Artigas,
Thomas F Glick, and
Rafael A Martínez
Date: 
January—February

On both the popular and scholarly levels, the appreciation of the Roman Catholic Church’s stance with respect to the theory of biological evolution has been ambiguous. On the one hand, it is sometimes assumed that the Church that had rushed to judgment on heliocentrism in the case of Galileo would not have hesitated to pounce on a theory that both undercut a literal reading of Genesis and reduced human beings to the status of animals.

Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 336 pages
Page(s): 
29—30
Reviewer: 
Peter MJ Hess
About the Author(s): 
Peter MJ Hess
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
hess@ncseweb.org

Peter MJ Hess is NCSE’s Faith Project Director. He is the coauthor, with Paul L Allen, of Catholicism and Science (Westport [CT]: Greenwood Press, 2008).
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