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The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science (Paperback)

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Walter M. Fitch, a pioneer in the study of molecular evolution, has written this cogent overview of why creationism fails with respect to all the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. He explains the basics of logic and rhetoric at the heart of scientific thinking, shows what a logical syllogism is, and tells how one can detect that an argument is logically fallacious, and therefore invalid, or even duplicitous. Fitch takes his readers through the arguments used by creationists to question the science of evolution. He clearly delineates the fallacies in logic that characterize creationist thinking, and explores the basic statistics that creationists tend to ignore, including elementary genetics, the age of the Earth, and fossil dating. His book gives readers the tools they need for detecting and disassembling the ideas most frequently repeated by creationists.

About the Author

Walter M. Fitch (1929–2011) was Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, member of the Human Genome Organization, and the author of more than 200 publications in molecular evolution. His previous books are Tempo and Mode in Evolution: Genetics and Paleontology Fifty Years after Simpson and Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms: Toward a New Synthesis Fifty Years after Stebbins.

Praise For…

“Fascinating. . . . A primer for honing reasoning skills and using logic along with informed knowledge to offset specious and bombastic disputes.”
— Rita Hoots

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520270534
ISBN-10: 0520270533
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2012
Pages: 194
Language: English
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