• Darwin's House of Cards

  • A Journalist's Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates
  • By: Tom Bethell
  • Narrated by: Matthew McAuliffe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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Darwin's House of Cards

By: Tom Bethell
Narrated by: Matthew McAuliffe
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In this provocative history of contemporary debates over evolution, veteran journalist Tom Bethell depicts Darwin's theory as a 19th-century idea past its prime, propped up by logical fallacies, bogus claims, and empirical evidence that is all but disintegrating under an onslaught of new scientific discoveries. Bethell presents a concise yet wide-ranging tour of the flash points of modern evolutionary theory, investigating controversies over common descent, natural selection, the fossil record, biogeography, information theory, evolutionary psychology, artificial intelligence, and the growing intelligent design movement. 

Bethell's account is enriched by his own personal encounters with of some of our era's leading scientists and thinkers, including Harvard biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin; British paleontologist Colin Patterson; and renowned philosopher of science Karl Popper.

©2019 Tom Bethell (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Informative work.

Reveals the fragile nature of the idea of macro-evolution proposed by Charles Darwin many years ago. We now know that macro-evolution has not been observed in the laboratory nor in the fossil record. We also now know that our genomes are deteriorating with each new generation, not improving as we would expect in the materialist neo-darwinian worldview.

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Darwinism is NOT EVEN REMOTELY Possible!

I purchased the Kindle Version with Audible Feature included at NO extra charge (free). The 'Theory Of Evolution' is and always has been a tall tale (actually an out and out lie) & absolute rubbish.

Any way it's sliced, like the title implies, it is based on a HOUSE OF CARDS that is easily knocked over once the real evidence is considered instead of the hype.

Do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book! Tell others that you love and care about. You will be VERY happy you did!!

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Mostly great

This is an overview of the current state of the debate. Therefore, it has strengths and weaknesses of such a format. Beginning was slow and I wasn’t sure I was going to finish. But after about 45 minutes in, clarity of writing improved. Some points made after the halfway mark are quite fresh and thought-provoking, even to someone who has followed this debate for many years. Highly recommend.

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Fails to refute evolution

Overall this book does a good job of pointing out some of the missing evidence for evolution but I wouldn’t say it disproves anything, nor does it point out any viable alternative.

His most notable point is that no one has ever observed large scale macro evolution in real time or on a molecular level as a result of natural selection. And the fact that scientists aren’t more skeptical than they are regarding this fact is concerning. I would have to agree with him on this point but I’m still not convinced that evolution is incorrect. Sure some mechanisms are unknown but there’s still a large amount of evidence for evolution. It talks about intelligent design for a while but the evidence for intelligent design is still entirely circumstantial. No matter how you slice it, it’s still a god of the gaps argument. Unless you consider a holy book a source of truth.

I’d recommend reading “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry Coyne immediately after or before this book. They compliment each other well and clearly state the position of both sides.

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Good, but not what I'd use to prove ID is true

This was a very interesting listen, and offered a rare window into the holes in the narrative of evolutionism. The focus of the book is primarily to expose the philosophical problems with evolution. While it does delve into more substantial claims, I think there are better books to read that focus entirely on those matters. All in all, this is a book you ca appreciate as a creationist, but that wouldn't convince many evolutionists that their theory is wrong.

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Intelligent design propaganda

This is a waste of time… pure propaganda of the worst kind. That kind of propaganda that tries to appear scientific by citing other peoples opinions. You can see that it is forced and weak because before citing any new author it gives an inflated resume of that particular person.

Don’t waste your time with this!

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Review from a "Darwinist"

I've listened to a lot of critiques of evolution from apologists, and this isn't quite that. This book does understand the basic logic of empiricism and people without an extensive knowledge of the science in this area may spot no problems with the author's critique of how some of the arguments in favor of evolution are constructed. Tellingly, much of the book's arguments are supported by quotes from famous pro-evolution scientists and those quotes are attacked (pretty fairly) on the basis of semantics. However, the question of "why are these people still convinced then?" boils down to the so-called house of cards:

Materialism understands the world as being made up of ordinary matter and physics and nothing more. Science hinges on this assumption and the scientific method cannot work if this isn't true. So evolution seems to be self-evidently true because the alternative requires an abandoning of materialism, which collapses the scientific method along with it. The author seems to want science to consider non-material possibilities as equally valid as material ones, and considers the refusal to do so "political" instead of recognizing it as inherently contradictory to how science works.

Probably a great read for "non-materialists," still an interesting listen for the rest of us. It certainly gives you a reason to speak more carefully about the topic, so as not to end up a cherry-picked quote yourself one day.

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Reexamination of Darwin’s accepted dogma

Take a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of Darwin’s theory and you will find structural deficiencies.

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Well done. Simple and straightforward

Clearly outlines some of the problems of Darwinism. While it doesn't offer an alternative explanation for life on the planet, it goes a long way to demonstrate the sheer unlikelihood of random action over time being the sole cause of biological life. The author does a good job of citing work done in the fields of chemistry, physiology, biology, archeology and statistical probability. I found it compelling.

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  • 08-20-21

A great trove of quotes

Originally i held the opinion that a good book on science needed to be written by a scientist basing its claims on his own research (yes i know i was shortsighted). Books like these however show me how stitching together other researchers' findings and quotes can make for a very informative listen.

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  • 11-17-22

Fascinating and important.

So interesting. I couldn't stop listening. Shock horror scientists have their own faith, as far fetched as any other but not admitted to.

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  • Wal K
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garbage

How anybody can write so eloquently about opinionated garbage is beyond me! minus stars.