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How Blind Is the Watchmaker? Nature's Design & the Limits of Naturalistic Science
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If you found a watch, as William Paley asked nearly two centuries ago, would you think that it came into existence by chance or that there was a watchmaker? Likewise, Neil Broom asks, was the universe created by the blind forces of physics and chemistry, or is there evidence in nature of a designing mind?
While prominent scientists in recent years have suggested that the watchmaker is indeed blind, Broom, a biomechanics scientist, sees much more than their naturalistic blinders allow them to perceive. His book How Blind Is the Watchmaker? boldly challenges the scientific establishment's commitment to what he labels as "the flimsily crafted but persuasively packaged myth of scientific materialism."
Broom reveals how naturalistic science is guilty of attempting to reduce all explanations to the molecular level, even when higher nonmaterial levels of explanation are clearly required to describe the behavior of many systems. Likewise he shows why there is little chance that science can define life in a way that seamlessly connects it to the inanimate world.
Broom also uncovers the rarely discussed or acknowledged assumptions that raise serious questions about the limits of a purely naturalistic approach to the problem of life's genesis. In a clear and readable style, he considers the recent research about the origin of life and the function of RNA, DNA and proteins. Further, he exposes how scientists often attribute "personal" characteristics to inanimate molecules. And he shows why postulating billions of years for various natural processes does not adequately explain inadequacies in evolutionary scenarios.
This thought-provoking book (a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the volume originally published by Ashgate) points beyond the poverty of many scientific pronouncements and builds a robust case for viewing the true splendor of our living world.
"Some science popularizers aggressively push the notion that life is at root the result of blind chance. With admirable clarity and force, Neil Broom shows that is science fiction."
—Michael J. Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box
"This is a wonderful book. Neil Broom plants the seeds of a richer conception of biology, one found beyond the unreasonable limits of materialistic reductionism--a new biology that, with some careful nurturing, should grow into a powerful new science of intelligent design."
—Paul Nelson, senior fellow, The Discovery Institute
"Neil Broom has written a very interesting critical commentary on the facts and theories of scientific materialism. For instance, he has deconstructed evolutionary thought and exposed the internal contradiction behind such notions as natural selection. This book focuses primarily on the life sciences because the author is a researcher in living systems, and what Broom attempts to do is expose the desert of scientific material within the canons and claims of this approach to science. Coming against popular ideas that "science" that it can do all things. Broom makes strong logical and critical commentary on the reductionistic deflation in scientific materialism and shows how the world is much richer and more complex than scientific reductionism will permit."
—James E. Loder, Mary D. Synnort Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Neil Broom provides a lively and informative demolition of the reductionism that rules evolutionary biology. I recommend the book as another significant contribution to the program of freeing science from the outdated dogmatism of materialism."
—Phillip Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial and The Wedge of Truth
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About the Author
Broom (Ph.D., Auckland) is an associate professor in the department of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Since 1975 he has been a research fellow at the Health Research Council of New Zealand involved in bioprosthetic heart valve development, joint tissue biomechanics and arthritis research, and spinal biomechanics.
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