• Darwin Devolves

  • The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution
  • By: Michael J. Behe
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (264 ratings)

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Darwin Devolves

By: Michael J. Behe
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The scientist who has been dubbed the “Father of Intelligent Design” and author of the groundbreaking book Darwin’s Black Box contends that recent scientific discoveries further disprove Darwinism and strengthen the case for an intelligent creator.

In his controversial best-seller Darwin’s Black Box, biochemist Michael Behe challenged Darwin’s theory of evolution, arguing that science itself has proven that intelligent design is a better explanation for the origin of life. In Darwin Devolves, Behe advances his argument, presenting new research that offers a startling reconsideration of how Darwin’s mechanism works, weakening the theory’s validity even more. 

A system of natural selection acting on random mutation, evolution can help make something look and act differently. But evolution never creates something organically. Behe contends that Darwinism actually works by a process of devolution - damaging cells in DNA in order to create something new at the lowest biological levels. This is important, he makes clear, because it shows the Darwinian process cannot explain the creation of life itself. “A process that so easily tears down sophisticated machinery is not one which will build complex, functional systems,” he writes.

In addition to disputing the methodology of Darwinism and how it conflicts with the concept of creation, Behe reveals that what makes intelligent design unique - and right - is that it acknowledges causation. Evolution proposes that organisms living today are descended with modification from organisms that lived in the distant past. But intelligent design goes a step further, asking: What caused such astounding changes to take place? What is the reason or mechanism for evolution? For Behe, this is what makes intelligent design so important.

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Well reasoned and persuasive

Darwin Devolves builds upon Behe’s arguments in the Edge of Evolution after a decade of experimental research has weighed in. The verdict: both mutation and natural selection are reductive. Instead of generating new function or genetic information, selection and mutation delete function and mute pre-existing genetic information. As Behe shows, evolution needs to be more than reductive to explain the diversity of life. It needs a mechanism that can produce all genetic information on earth. Instead, as demonstrated by lab experiments, the Darwinian mechanism consistently comes up short. Even more damaging, as mutations accumulate, species becomes more brittle and less adaptable. This is a nightmare for Darwinism. Behe also examines rebuttals to his first book, Darwin’s Black Box in the light of more than 20 years of research. Well written and highly recommended.

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Was - Open minded. Now - Consider this nearly a lie.

Being more of a math/physics guy, I was very intrigued with the Intelligent Design (ID) concept. It basically says that Darwin’s theory of evolution is true... but there is clearly a designing agent that helped out along the way. Why does ID think there is a designing agent? Well, there are several, but the following are the top 2, IMO:

1) Probabilities - Given the number of amino acids at the earth’s beginning, the odds of creating proteins which underlie DNA are 1 in 10^340. That is might small. Here’s the problem: After researching the subject, you don’t have to go from 1 amino acid to 1 protein in a single step. You can have two amino acids, then three, then 4, etc. when you consider that (a) there were an awful lot of amino acids churning together in an awful lot of ocean, and (b) you have nothing but time, the statistical probabilities of amino acids becoming proteins in a relatively short period of time are high. Strike 1....and I was a little irritated at the lack of candor on this one.

2) Flagellum - This is what really had me going with ID. This damn thing is a bloody motor in the cell. Freaking amazing. It is HARD to look at that and not see intelligence. I spent a fair amount of time thinking about what Darwinism says to come to the conclusion that yes, even Darwinism explains this. Darwinism basically says that what we see wasn’t designed that way. What we see is all the selection of random variables that survived. It’s the, “It’s not that I am so good, but that others were worse” kind of idea. Except it is on steroids...because the idea can work on really tiny changes over billions of years. And remember, only those changes that exist in creatures that survive are carried forward. It turns out that there is a similar structure to the Flagellum in the cell. If you just think about some random proteins connecting to it - given that there are trillions of chances of it happening over billions of years - you can get to it. You just have to be willing to think about small changes over time. Strike 2.

As a closing observation, I also see that ID keeps “changing the frame” with respect to this discussion. Evolution cannot be viewed as connecting the dots when looking forward. It’s random based on adaptations to the environment over time. Because you don’t know what the environment will be like, you cannot propose how fast changes will occur or what those changes will be at any point in the future. That’s why you can’t say “How did it KNOW to build a motor? It didn’t. It’s just that the random molecular motor was the one that survived. Instead, you can only look at where you are and look back. When doing so, you can connect the dots (I’m being overly generous, because there are definitely gaps, but you can see how things could work) in the fossil record, etc.

I want to end by saying that I do believe in a creator. I can’t see how matter, energy, and the laws of nature can exist with one (and acknowledging the “who created the creator” conundrum). I just believe that evolution is one of those laws.

I hope this is helpful.

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A Prophet Speaks

Michael J. Behe is akin the biblical prophets who tried to convince a pagan people to return to God. Back in those days the prophets were routinely murdered, while the crowds applauded.

I commend Behe for his works, but those who have made a conscious decision to reject God will rarely admit their foolishness and return to God. Nevertheless, a prodigal may occasionally return, as for the rest, God will have the last word.


Romans 1:18-19
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.

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Chapters an subjects

Not only is the reading clear, but the content is clear as well. To top it off, the chapters are listed with title and content. No more bookmarking chapters in the notes so you can return to a particular content. This is the only audible book to have provided it. Thank you!

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No Nobel Prize Here!

What new science?! This is a devolved book! When a paradigm shift happens, such as Darwinism, we continue to learn about the ramifications and retrain our brains for centuries to come. Yes, Darwin's theories are still evolving - - we understand trees are not necessarily as useful as we thought to represent evolution, DNA is more complicated than simple survival of the fittest, epigenetic modifications take place, . . . Einstein’s theories were paradigm shifts; experts still struggle to wrap all the packages in Einsteinian ribbons. We expect to have a lot of authentic give and take as we learn more on a major theory. I am an open-minded person and will read all types of extreme edge material to see what makes sense and what thoughts are triggered. The arguments of this author are painfully shallow, too shallow to even make a healthy primordial soup. For example, he presents as gratuitous the use of the term “evolved,” as in, to paraphrase, “the birds evolved a unique mating dance.” Cheap shot to his colleagues. He implies that the use of the word, “evolved,” is brainwashing, assumptive, or mistaken. In the examples he gives of the mechanical aspects of bacteria, however, he flips the model. He uses mechanical terms and physical shapes to impart the implication that “intelligent design” is evident. Don’t use “mechanical” if you condemn others for using “evolved.” Seems hypocritical to me. I wish I could return this book. There is nothing new here. Nothing evolved. Send this soup back.

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Sound logic; simple concepts

I don’t have the expertise to grasp the more technical points in this book, however, Behe’s premise and logic seem sound to me. Assuming he is accurately presenting the data - and I have no reason to think otherwise-his position is deserving of thoughtful rebuttal and not personal attacks.

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Great info, but a little redundant

I love ID, and really like books that show the shortcomings of neo-darwinism, but like many ID books out there, Behe could be a little more succinct.

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  • 12-20-19

Behe

Behe uncensored

If it’s foolish he calls it foolish

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At.a level everyone can understand.

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Excellent.

This book helps clarify why Darwinian Evolution faces more and more impossible obstacles as science advances. Devolution vs Evolution.

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surprising challenge to the evolutionary orthodoxy

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very enlightening.
question everything... it's a travesty that challenges to evolution cannot be even mentioned in public schools... censorship?

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  • Dr Liz Miller
  • 09-29-19

Mind Opening

For those of us brought with soft biological science, the assumption is that the theory of evolution and NeoDarwinism accounts for life on earth - anything but! It is time to rethink. This book challenges those assumptions
People who believe that life begins and ends on this planet are living in very small world!

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  • David Graieg
  • 07-01-20

Interesting insights on Darwinism

A controversial issue. At times I think Behe over states his points, though overall he seems correct. Basically the book argues that Darwinism's processes work in the opposite direction than what the majority of the field has thought, namely organisms are devolving not evolving.
The narrators voice occasionally changes tone at random locations.

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  • Richard Cubitt
  • 03-23-19

Great insight for a thought-provoking subject

A really well written book that adds real perspective to the neo-Darwinism vs intelligent design debate. Strangely, the narrators voice changes slightly from sentence to sentence on occasion, which disturbs the fluidity of the narration.

whilst I found this book highly enlightening, and I feel all the smarter for having listened and paid attention, I still side with the neo-Darwinist side of the argument ;)

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  • Alison Mettam
  • 11-08-21

Final nail in the Darwinian coffin

Behe conclusively shows that the Darwinian mechanism, random mutations and natural selection hinders evolution. Although national selection enables some variety and speciation of organisms the direction is always downhill away from the grand idea of evolution. He shows this by examining the effects of mutation and natural selection at the molecular level, using evolutionists showcase examples, Darwin’s finches, citrate digesting bacteria and others.
Other books will be add to the most important topic evolution versus intelligent design but this book gets right to the core dismantling Darwin’s mechanism. A must read.