Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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ONLY A THEORY
Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul

Kenneth Miller

VIKING A staunch opponent to creationism, Brown University biology professor Kenneth R. Miller won acclaim in 2005 as the plaintiff's lead expert witness at the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial in Pennsylvania, during which the plaintiff successfully argued that the teaching of "intelligent design" amounted to creationism-thereby violating the Constitution. In Only A Theory: Evolution and the Fight for America's Soul, Miller dissects the claims of the intelligent design movement in the same incisive style that marked his testimony in that landmark trial.

Only A Theory examines the arguments, passion, and motivations of Americans who reject "Darwinism," and finds them rooted in a struggle for value, meaning, and purpose in their lives. As Miller puts it, America's "scientific soul"-the unique merger of individualism and inventiveness that has made our country the world's greatest scientific nation-is now very much at risk because of the struggle between scientists and biblical fundamentalists. Unlike previous critics of the ID movement, Miller takes the claims of the creationists seriously and places them within the larger context of the development of twenty-first century American culture. Only A Theory explores central questions that scientists and anti-evolutionists alike must face: Is there a role for a divine creature in the evolutionary process? What is the true nature of the danger that ID poses for science and for America's role as scientific leader? What are the implications of using science for political or religious ends? Miller investigates these questions with cogent scientific arguments, ultimately offering the essential prescription: how to engender new appreciation for traditional scientific method and insights, and how to redeem America's scientific soul. ORDER

TWILIGHT OF THE MACHINES

John Zerzan

Feral House - The mentor of the green anarchist and neo-primitive movements is back with his first book in six years, confronting civilization, mass society, and modernity and technoculture - both the history of its developing crisis and the possibilities for its human and humane solutions. s John Zerzan writes, "These dire times may yet reveal invigorating new vistas of thought and action. When everything is at stake, all must be confronted and superseded. At this moment, there is the distinct possibility of doing just that." n Oregonian with degrees from Stanford University and San Francisco State University, he is an editor of Green Anarchy magazine. ORDER

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