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Sunday, July 30, 2006

One-sided Los Angeles Times book review

Update: Just got a paper copy of the Los Angeles Sunday Times, and this is the cover article of the Book Review, a regular Sunday Times section of several pages. This article will not go unnoticed. Letters to the editor may be sent to letters@latimes.com . Letters should be brief (250 words or less) and are subject to condensation. They must include a full name (initials and pseudonyms will not be used) and a valid mailing address and telephone number.

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Today's Los Angeles Times has a book review titled "Laws of nature", which reviews three books concerning the evolution controversy. The introduction to the book review asks, "does the concept of 'intelligent design' have validity as an alternative to evolution?" However, the book review's author does not even attempt to answer that question fairly because only pro-evolution books were chosen for review. The book review says,

. . . . . in three quite different books — a collection of essays, a biography of Charles Darwin's intellectual life and a debunker's guide to the debate — some of the nation's most distinguished thinkers step forward as expert witnesses to challenge the ruse of intelligent design directly.

Taken together, these works are essential reading for anyone who sincerely wants to "teach the controversy" as intelligent design advocates so often urge — or to understand its dishonesty. As distillations of the best thinking on this ploy, they ought to be required reading for every high school science teacher and school board member in America.

Way to go -- presenting just one side of the story. True Darwinists of course wholeheartedly approve.

Also, I am tired of seeing intelligent design being treated as though it were the only challenge to evolution theory -- there are other challenges to evolution theory that have little or nothing to do with "design," e.g., challenges concerning co-evolution and the propagation of beneficial mutations in sexual reproduction.

An article in Uncommon Descent brought this book review to my attention.

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Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

Is this the same Los Angeles Times that you said was composed, printed, and distributed with supernatural aid?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous voice in the urbanness said...

Good point, ViW -- one would think that the Supernatural Aid would be more accommodating when it comes to content.

Thursday, August 03, 2006 2:05:00 AM  

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