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In this thesis, I will argue that the Darwinian paradigm is no longer the best explanation for biological observations. When compared with a post-Darwinism paradigm, one that includes Darwinian explanations where appropriate, non-Darwinian unintelligent explanations where appropriate, and intelligent explanations where appropriate, I argue that the Darwinian paradigm has less explanatory power. Consequently, Darwinism should be rejected by science as the dominant paradigm and a new paradigm, a post-Darwinism paradigm, is the best explanation for observations in biology. By revealing where Darwinism has shortcomings, and demonstrating how a competing theory, namely, intelligent design, can provide a better explanation, I argue that something more than Darwinian mechanisms are required to explain all observations in biology. I argue that a new paradigm that permits postulating non-Darwinian mechanisms ought not to be considered wrong due to prior commitments to philosophical naturalism, and that such a paradigm is reasonable to embrace.
Darwin Does Physics documents the amazing proliferation of scientific theories in the Darwinian paradigm to many different subjects. Many aspects of biology, cultural evolution, the neural sciences and the social sciences have now been explained within the Darwinian paradigm. Now there are even fundamental physical theories which identify Darwinian mechanisms at the core of cosmological and quantum evolution. This book extends the Darwinian paradigm described by Dawkins in terms of replicators and vehicles to one expressed in terms of inferential systems. Darwinian processes infer adaptations from the evidence they gather in their experience of reality. Inferential systems found throughout nature and operating in arenas such as biology and even science itself are found to accumulate knowledge in a surprisingly similar manner. Special attention is paid to the theory of quantum Darwinism and the sense in which quantum systems, at the foundations of reality, accumulate knowledge of each other.
The postulate of molecules-to-human evolution by natural selection (evolutionism), like creationism, cannot be demonstrated empirically. Therefore, the creationism-evolutionism controversy offers a choice between intelligent design by God and unintelligent design by evolutionary selection. Scientists are split on philosophical grounds since events in the immaterial realm are outside the purview of science. In reality, designers claim products; no product of a process, can account for how it was designed or for its ontology. Accordingly, Scientific American Editor John Rennie suggested that one way to override a purely evolutionary worldview is, if the creator/s appeared and claimed credit. Author Michael Ebifegha's previous book The Death of Evolution provides the historical details of God’s ancient claim for creating the universe before an audience. Dawkins, in his The God Delusion, failed to address this historical event; hence, his statement that “There almost certainly is no God” is flawed. The Darwinian Delusion discusses the fossil record, the role of natural selection; the mystery of the origin of life and God’s affirmation of agency in world history. Ebifegha argues that both the scientific and philosophical analysis point to God as the Creator and hence the delusion as such is not about God, but about the Darwinian paradigm of materialism.
Who could elucidate the subtitles of Darwin's thought and that of his contemporaries and intellectual heirs--A.R. Wallace, T.H. Huxley, August Weisman, Asa Gray--better then Ernst Mayr, a man considered by many to be the greatest evolutionist of the twentieth century? In this gem of historical scholarship, Mayr has achieved a remarkable distillation of Charles Darwin's scientific thought and his enormous legacy to twentieth-century biology.
"Although Charles Darwin predicted that his theory 'would give zest to [...] metaphysics,' even he would be astonished at the variety of paths his theory has in fact taken. This holds with regard to both gene-Darwinism, a purified Darwinian approach biologizing the social sciences, and process- Darwinism found in the disciplines of psychology, philosophy of science, and economics. Although Darwinism is often linked to highly confirmed biological theories, some of its interpretations seem to profit from tautological claims as well, where scientific reputation cloaks ideological usage. This book discusses central tenets of Darwinism historically as well as systematically, for example the history of different Darwinian paradigms, the units-of-selection debate, and the philosophical problem of induction as basis of metaphysical Darwinism. Crucially the book addresses the Darwinian claim that evolution is governed by an immutable and unrelentingly cruel law of natural selection. Paradoxically, Darwins theory is a static, non-evolutionary theory of evolution. The current book sketches the historical background and provides suggestions that may help to replace this approach by the idea of an evolution of evolutionary mechanisms (see Escher's 'Drawing Hands' on the cover). This view even suggests a tendency to overcome the blindness of the knowledge acquisition of primordial Darwinian processes and allows for some freedom from external environments. This book first develops a radically Darwinian approach, then criticises this approach from within. Even Darwinism has a tendency to transcend itself. Although the book addresses several empirical issues, it does not challenge particular findings. Instead it builds on many insights of Darwinism and provides a proposal for interpreting known empirical evidence in a different light. It should help pave the way for further developing an understanding of nature that transcends Darwinian metaphysics"--Publisher's description.
In this edition of Phillip Johnson's classic book he responds to critics of the first edition and maintains that scientists have put the cart before the horse when it comes to evolution, regarding as scientific fact what really should be regarded as a yet unproved hypothesis. Also included is a new introduction by noted biologist Michael Behe.

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