Denying Evolution: Creation, Scientism and the Nature of Science: Creation, Scientism, and the Nature of Science

ISBN : 9780878936595

Massimo Pigliucci
275 Pages
152 x 227 mm
Pub date
Jun 2002
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Denying Evolution aims at taking a fresh look at the evolution-creation controversy, dividing the blame equally between creationists and scientists: the former for subscribing to various forms of anti-intellectualism, the latter for discounting science education and presenting science as scientism to the public and the media.


Prologue: or How I Got into this Mess
1. Where Did the Controversy Come From?
2. Evolution's Creationism 101
3. One Side of the Coin: The Dangers of Anti-intellectualism
4. Scientific Fundamentalism and True Nature of Science
5. Creationist Fallacies
6. Three Major Controversies
7. Scientific Fallacies
8. What Do We Do About It?
Coda: The Controversy That Never Ends
Appendix A. Introduction to and Excerpts from David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Where the Topic of Intelligent Design is Discussed Most Thoroughly
Appendix B. Bryan's Last Speech

About the author: 

Massimo Pigliucci is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at CUNY: Lehman College. He holds doctorates in genetics (University of Ferrara, Italy), botany (University of Connecticut) and the philosophy of science (University of Tennessee). Dr. Pigliucci was formerly a Professor of Ecology and Evolution at SUNY: Stony Brook. There he explored phenotypic plasticity, genotype-environment interactions, natural selection, and the constraints imposed on natural selection by the genetic and developmental makeup of organisms. He was the recipient of the 1997 Dobzhansky Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution. As a philosopher, Dr. Pigliucci is interested in the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion.

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