Branch reviews The Not-So-Intelligent Designer


Cover of The Not-So-Intelligent Designer

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch reviewed Abby Hafer's The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (Cascade Books, 2015) for California Classroom Science. Hafer, he explained, argues "that intelligent design is refuted by the quirks and kinks, the makeshift solutions and haywire failures, of human biology. Along the way, she offers a spirited assault on the promoters of intelligent design, accusing them of purveying uncertainty and doubt about evolution, peddling religion disguised as science, and engaging in propaganda reminiscent of the tobacco industry." Although he identified a number of weaknesses in the book, he concluded by recommending it to science teachers as "a lively, opinionated, and provocative introduction to the topic."