(EBOOK/PDF) [Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism] ô Philip Kitcher

Tty much all reason for studying biology by moving the development of life from the natural to supernatural realms Science can only deal with nature and any theory based upon the supernatural by its very definition cannot be scientific The book is a little technical for Average Readership But Well Worth Riding Out Anyone Who Is readership but well worth riding out Anyone who is in the development of life should read this A lot of well reasoned arguments I like Kitcher s very rational approach You really et the impression that he tried to see things from all sides without being overly dogmatic about the issues That doesn t save the book from the necessarily dull subject matter but that isn t really Kitcher s fault he s making arguments meant for real world purposes and he does a nice job for the most part with what he has Apparently amidst all his philosophy of science texts he also wrote a book on Finnegans Wake Talk about deviation Abusing Science is a reat response to scientific creationism It examines the claims of creationists like Henry Morris and Duane Gish in a very clear way and compares the scientific merits of the creation model versus the evolution model This book is still relevant 30 years after its publication and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the evolutioncreation controversy Tries to take on all Creationist science in 200 pages and does a valiant job but the topicdeserves several books to do it justice But nowhere does he ask Where is the science in Creation science This is by far the best book I have read defending the theory of evolution against creationist challenges Perhaps it s surprising that I would say this about a book written by a philosopher rather than a biologist I ve read both Dawkins Several other books attempting To Treat The Same treat the same have been published recently and I haven t read themHowever this one does a reat job in providing the reader with why Science and Creationism are not the same kind of knowledge why Creationism should not be taught along side EvolutionIt reuires of the reader a basic acceptance of epistemological premises and the patience to appreciate how empiricism works and why Creationism is an embarrassing mistake for it s adherents. Ciences Moreover modern biology is intertwined with other fields of science physics chemistry astronomy and eology Creationists hope to persuade the public that education in science should be torn apart to make room for a literal reading of Genesis Abusing Science refutes the popular complaint that the scientific establishment is dogmatic and intolerant denying academic freedom to the unorthodox It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically one by one showing clearly just why they are at best misguided at worst ludicro. Sort of reads like the textbook it was I only made it 12 way thru it wasn t the clear refutation I thought it would be it spends a lot of time spewing the creationist stance to the extent sometimes it s hard to separate out his stance from theirs There is some ood stuff in there if you some Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity good stuff in there if you involved in debates etc but I m not just reading foreneral interest Philip Kitcher s seminal work critical of Scientific Creationism remains a clarion call against those who continue abusing science to fit their own zealous religious agenda Kitcher oes beyond making a point by point defense of evolutionary biology indeed all of science and a total refutation of creationism He makes a persuasive case why Scientific creationism isn t ood science for example he isn t Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time, and Aging in West Africa good science For example he how distinguished 19th Centuryeologists such as Adam Sedgwick discarded their creationist view of eology realizing that it was outmoded invalid science not supported by empirical evidence Kitcher ives a succinct description of how scientists embark on their research demonstrating how Scientific Creationism falls short of the ideals of excellent science Kitcher successfully notes why those who argue eual time for Evolution Science And Creation Science Science and Creation Science high school science education are misguided devious or both Last but not least Kitcher demonstrates the religious origins of Scientific Creationism This is indeed an important primer on how to think rationally answering at length all criticisms of contermporary science by so called scientific creationists First published in the 1980 s Abusing Science remains an important tome in the history and philosophy of science deserving of a broad readership Reposted from my 2001 review This is another book dealing with Creation Science What s especially Creating Chicago's North Shore: A Suburban History good about it is that it actually deals with the uestion What is science It was my introduction to Karl Popper and his principles that separate science from non scienceThe book thenoes on to show how Creationists misuse Popper and science Couplings generally to advance their theological and ideologic purposesA damnood and interesting read A lucid thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self defense the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo science It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of enuine science The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the 1980s but since it must Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and ,

Y natural selection and by extension pretty much all of modern physical science In spite of being over 35 years old at this point the book holds up very well not least because Creationist arguments never Die They Just Smell Worse And Worse they just smell worse and worse ageKitcher is exceedingly charitable to the Creationists and never accuses them of willfully misrepresenting actual science Additional decades of experience have shown that too many Creationist types are willing to lie for Jesus if it ets their feet in the door But it adds to the force of Kitcher s rebuttal that even taking the most charitable approach Creat In saying therefore that things are not Good According To Any Standard according to any standard oodness but simply by the Will Of God It Seems To Me of od it seems to me one destroys without realizing it all the love of Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels god and all hislory for why praise him for what he has done if he would be eually praiseworthy in doing the contrary Gottfried Wilhelm LeibnizThis was a relatively low key examination of creationism and the supposed controversy between Darwinian evolution and the religious mysticism masuerading as creation science The author closely examines the creationist authors who were popular in his time and proceeds to politely shred them for their lack of scientific understanding while totally dismantling the notion that creationism is anything remotely like a science This book treats the idea of creationism and the people working to popularize creationism with respect than what I think they are due and I suppose it makes it all the powerful Kitcher at every turn does his best to assign nothing but ood faith to the creationist camp even while completing the uotes they have taken out of context and while filling in the blanks for all of the vital ualifying statements made by the misuoted scientists abused by their creationist fellows He never accuses them of lying or intentionally misrepresenting facts even though he catches them in the act dozens of times Basically creationism in all of its forms is not a science It makes no useful predictions about observed or unobserved phenomena It is incapable of adding complementary knowledge to areas outside its supposed specialization Finally it destroys pre. OrcefullyNot long ago a federal court struck down an Arkansas law reuiring that scientific Creationism be taught in high school science classes Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle but their cause continues to thrive Their efforts are directed not only at state legislatures but at local school boards and textbook publishers As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book the integrity of science is under attack The methods of inuiry used in evolutionary biology are those which are used throughout the ,

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