Preface

1. Evolution vs. the Biotic Message

2. Naturalism vs. Science

3. The Origin of Life


The next three chapters examine natural selection, each one exploring successively deeper layers of evolutionary illusion.

4. Survival of the Fittest

5. Inventive Natural Selection

6. Darwinian Scenarios


The next three chapters form a suite on population genetics, the Queen of evolutionary theory. They are the most technically challenging chapters, but written in a style that maximizes their accessibility to ordinary folks while remaining true to the essential issues. Finer technical details are removed to appendices. These three chapters can stand by themselves, they can be skipped or skimmed without serious loss of continuity.

7. Population Genetics

8. Haldane's Dilemma

9. The Neutral Theory of Evolution


10. Gradual Intergradations and Phylogeny

11. Modern Systematic Methods

12. Evolutionary Illusions

13. The Fossil Record


The next two chapters trace the punctuationists and their theories. The grim realities of the fossil record have become clear, even to evolutionists. (1) The key features of Darwinian evolution gradual intergradations and phylogeny are systematically absent. (2) Evolutionists can no longer plausibly blame this situation on an "incomplete" fossil record. These are serious setbacks for evolutionists. The punctuationists recognized these problems, and sought to 'explain' it within evolution. Their theory of punctuated equilibria is intricately constructed for that purpose. Their theory 'predicts' a pattern that could hardly look less like evolution.

14. Punctuated Equilibria

15. Hierarchy Theory


16. Nested Hierarchy and Convergence

17. Embryology

18. Vestigial Organs

19. Molecular Evolution


The next two chapters focus on the fossil sequence (a different issue from the fossil's themselves).

20. Illusions of Fossil Sequence

21. Fossil Sequence and Message Theory


22. Biogeography

23. Cosmological Issues


The next two chapters focus on a new methodology of systematics. Previously creationists got into trouble in identifying a "Kind" (or "created kind" or "baramin" or some such equivalent word). The problem arose because creationists were trying to use that one term for many distinctly different meanings, and confusion was the result. Anti-creationists understandably attacked the confusion.

24. Discontinuity Systematics

25. Systematics and the Origins Debate


26. Conclusions


The appendices contain extra details for the advanced student. They are located at the end of the book to increase readability of the chapters.

Appendix to Survival of the Fittest

Appendix to Population Genetics

Appendix to Haldane's Dilemma

Appendix to Discontinuity Systematics


References

Index

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