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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Behe Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Michael J. Behe launched the intelligent design movement with his first book, Darwin’s Black Box, by demonstrating that Darwinism could not account for the complexity of biochemistry. Now he takes a giant leap forward. In The Edge of Evolution, Behe uses astounding new findings from the genetics revolution to show that Darwinism is nowhere near as powerful as most people believe. Genetic analysis of malaria, E. coli, and the HIV virus over tens of thousands of generations, not to mention analysis of the entire history of the genetic struggle between them and “us” (humans), make it possible for the first time to determine the precise rates, and likelihood, of random mutations of varying kinds. We now know, as never before, what Darwinism can and cannot accomplish. The answers turn conventional science on its head and are certain to be hotly debated by millions. After The Edge of Evolution, life in the universe will never look the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With this book, Michael Behe shows that he is truly an independent thinker of the first order…This book will take the intelligent design debate into new territory and represents a unique contribution to the longstanding question of philosophy: Can observation of the physical world guide our thinking about religious questions?”

    Professor David Snoke, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh

  • “In The Edge of Evolution Michael Behe carefully assesses the evidence of what Darwin’s mechanism of random mutation and selection can achieve in well documented cases, and shows that even in those cases that maximize its power as a creative force it has only been able to generate very trivial examples of evolutionary change. Could such an apparently impotent and mindless force really have built the sophisticated molecular devices found throughout nature? The answer, he insists, is no. The only common-sense explanation is intelligent design.”

    Michael Denton, MD, PhD, author of Nature’s Destiny

  • “In crystal-clear prose Behe systematically shreds the central dogma of atheistic science, the doctrine of the random universe. This book, like the natural phenomena it so elegantly describes, shows the unmistakable signs of a very deep intelligence at work.”

    Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, research psychiatrist, UCLA, and author of The Mind & The Brain

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sal Portillo | 2/12/2014

    " Pretty good follow-up and update on his original book. I didn't find this one quite as thorough as his previous, but it has been a while since I read that one so memory may not be serving me too well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Peters | 1/27/2014

    " I think that the book was really very good, but perhaps it is because I am biased in his favour. The discussion on the role of Darwinian evolution regarding malaria was extremely interesting and very thought provoking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by People say my name should be Jeff | 1/22/2014

    " Really? His last two books didn't humiliate him enough? What part of "irreducible complexity is an illusion based on ignorance" doesn't this guy get? And who the heck made him the expert on what evolution can do and can't do? A degree in chemistry? If that were true, my Linguistics training makes me a good author. Hey, its all language, right??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amanda | 1/2/2014

    " Started off with good arguments, but ended up repeating the same arguments throughout the book. Needed more "evidence" to support his position. Would recommend the first few chapters, but nothing beyond. "

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About the Author
Author Michael J. Behe

Michael J. Behe is a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania where he has worked since 1985. He has authored more than forty technical papers, but he is best known as the author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. He lives near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and nine children.