Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book, the integrity of. PDF | On Nov 1, , Gary Jason and others published Review of: P. Kitcher, Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism. “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 .
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It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and abusijg of genuine 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 underm “Abusing Science” is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-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 s, but since it must, Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and forcefully. Not long ago, a federal court struck down an Arkansas law requiring that “scientific” Creationism be taught in high school science classes.
Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle, abussing their cause continues to thrive. Their efforts are directed not only at state legislatures but at local sciencce boards and textbook publishers.
As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book, the integrity of science is under attack. The methods of inquiry used in evolutionary biology are those which abusinv used throughout the sciences.
Moreover, modern biology is intertwined with other fields of science–physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. Creationists hope iitcher persuade the public that education in science should be torn apart to make room for a literal reading of “Genesis.
It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically, one by one, showing clearly just why they are at best misguided, at worst ludicrous. Paperbackpages. Published June 23rd by Mit Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Abusing Scienceplease sign up.
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Abusing Science–The Case against Creationism
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 16, Calle rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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”.
Jul 09, Stephen rated it really liked it Wbusing A lucid, thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution by 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 with age. Kitcher is exceedingly charitable to the Creationists and never accuses them of willfully misrepresenting actual sciene. Additional decades of experience A lucid, thorough takedown of Creationist attempts to undermine the theory of evolution by natural selection, and, by extension, pretty much all of modern physical science.
Additional decades of experience have shown that too many Creationist types are willing to “lie for Jesus” if it gets their feet in the door. But it adds to the force of Kitcher’s rebuttal that even taking the most charitable approachCreationism fails scienfe at being remotely scientific.
And Kitcher takes care in laying out a nuanced understanding of scientific progress, not merely naive falsificationism. Of course, for all the pretensions and pseudoscientific posturing, Creationism isn’t science and never really wants to be: Kitcher lays out in the final chapter a view of the potential compatibility of non-fundamentalist Christianity and the established science, but again I think he’s a bit too charitable.
Then again I’m a filthy heathen! Overall a very handy resource for picking apart the thorny though not particularly sophisticated tangle of Creationist nonsense. Aug avusing, Ray Savarda rated it it was ok Shelves: Sort of reads like the textbook it was. There is some good stuff in there if you’re involved in debates, etc, but I’m not, just reading for general interest. Oct 21, Alan rated it really liked it. Tries to take on all Creationist “science” in 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?
Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism
Feb 11, Shea Mastison rated it really liked it. This book treats the idea of creationism, and the people working to kitchrr creationism, with more respect than what I think they are due–and I suppose it makes it all the more powerful. Kitcher, at every turn, does his best to assign nothing but good faith to the creationist camp; even while completing the quotes they have taken out of context, and while filling in the blanks for all of the vital qualifying statements made by the misquoted 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 pretty much all reason for studying biology by moving the development of life from anusing 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 interested in the development of life should read this. Jan 16, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 goes 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 good science. For example he observes how distinguished 19th Century geologists such as Adam Sedgwick discarded their cr 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.
For example he observes how distinguished 19th Century geologists such as Adam Sedgwick discarded their creationist view of geology, realizing that it was outmoded, invalid science not supported by empirical evidence.
Kitcher gives 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 equal time for “Evolution Science” and “Creation Science” in 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 ‘s, “Abusing Science” remains an important tome in the history and philosophy of science deserving of a broad readership. Reposted from my Amazon review Jun 02, Aaron added it Shelves: This is by far the best book I have read defending the theory of evolution against creationist challenges.
Kitcher is able to slice through creationist objections by showing how they very frequ This is by far the best book I have read defending the theory of evolution against creationist challenges. Kitcher is able to slice through creationist objections by showing how they very frequently are not just empirically problematic but, very often more deeply, are extraordinarily conceptually confused.
He does a much better job of this than the ra-ra-empiricism approach in the two other books I mentioned. If you are interested in getting a deep appreciation of the relevant issues, as well as maybe sharpening some useful philosophical tools, you’ll want this book.
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May 03, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: A abusng of well-reasoned arguments. I like Kitcher’s very rational approach. You really get the impression that he tried to see things from all sides without being overly dogmatic about the issues.
Kitcyer 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 Finne A lot of well-reasoned arguments.
Apparently amidst all his philosophy of science texts he also wrote a book on Finnegans Wake. Oct 30, Rob rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is another book dealing with ‘Creation Science’.
What’s especially good about it is that it actually deals with the question, ‘What is science? The book then goes on to show how Creationists misuse Popper, and science generally to advance their theological and ideologic purposes.
A damn good and interesting read. Sep 05, Anthony Garcia rated it it was amazing. Several other books, attempting to treat the same topic have been published more recently, and I haven’t read them. Abusnig, this one does a great job xbusing providing the reader with why Science and Creationism abjsing not the same kind of knowledge why Creationism should not be taught along side Evolution.
It requires 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. Feb 04, Bob rated it it was amazing. Read this many years ago. Remembered about it tonight because Bill Nye was debating some creationist moron. This book is old, but the creationist argument are all still mostly the same lies and misinformation, and plain old bullcrap.
I recommend this book. Apr 06, David marked it abusingg to-read. Recommended to my by Jim Lippard for its treatment of Popper’s falsificationism, and why it is not the demarcation between science and non-science.
Erin rated it really liked it May 09,