[Marxism] What Science Books Accessibly Present Evolutionary Theor y?

Ian Angus ian at socialisthistory.ca
Sat Dec 11 16:20:35 MST 2004

>Might I suggest a look at the other side of Darwinism?
>Darwin's Black Box
>Michael Behe

Excuse me while I choke. Behe is an intelligent-design creationist, 
and "Darwin's Black Box" is an idealist attack on evolution, a 
marginally disguised religious tract. It's an extended case of 
the "argument from ignorance" -- i.e., since we don't yet know exactly 
how some changes occurred, (or at least since Behe can't figure it out) 
god must have done it. See 

Passing on to serious books, I want to second the recommendation of 
Richard Dawkins. I too knew of him only through Gould's criticisms, and 
reading his books for myself was a revelation. He is an excellent 
writer, a materialist, and an expert in Darwinian theory. He's also a 
militant atheist, and thus very critical of Gould's "two magisteria" 

Dawkin's "Climbing Mount Improbable" and "The Blind Watchmaker" are two 
of best general books I have read on evolution -- clear, accessible 
accounts that thoroughly explode nonsense of the Behe type and explain 
what evolution is and how it works.

A somewhat more difficult book, but still readable by a non-biologist 
(like me) is Ernst Mayr's "What Evolution Is."

If the Gould-Dawkins debate interests you, look for "Dawkins vs. Gould: 
Survival of the Fittest" by Kim Sterelny.

And the website www.talkorigins.com contains a wealth of material.

Ian Angus
Socialist History Project

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