Powered by
Movable Type 3.2
Design by
Danny Carlton





Made with NoteTab

December 27, 2005

Book Review: Nature Never Stops Talking

The following is a review done on behalf of Mind & Media. The copy of the book I reviewed was donated by the publisher, through Mind & Media for the purpose of this review.

As a rule I'm interested in science. I enjoy learning new things about nature. I assumed this book would be written from that perspective, and would be something I could really enjoy. The initial problem I found was that it read much more like a poorly written elementary science textbook than anything else. I would guess that most who enjoy science like me would also find there to be way too much stating the obvious.

The author begins with the defense that he has little formal (post-secondary) education. It becomes clear. Two types of people emerge from a under-graduate program: regurgitator and agitators? The regurgitators learn to swallow anything the professors tell them, then regurgitate it with pomp and authority as if it were original thought. The agitators keep the professors on their toes, challenging almost everything they say. (if you hadn't guessed I was an agitator). To last as a university professor one must have not only a strong mind, but a strong personality as well. Few 18 year-olds are prepared for the mental battles a college classroom will present, thus the division into the two types. Some of those mental battles take place in the classroom, some take place at 3am in the dorms as growing minds stretch and flex mental muscles previously unknown.

Has the author had an undergraduate degree his writing would have taken the form of pompous regurgitation of whatever trends the winds are blowing through the halls of academe, or it would have taken the form of a much deeper, novel thinking that would have challenged presumptions and looked beyond the surface to see what nature really tells us. Instead it read almost like a nursery rhyme.

The article on the solar system accepts astronomic measurements that are weak guesses by devotees of the religion of Evolution. There exists no way of measuring interstellar distances beyond 200 light years with any reasonable accuracy. Sure they'll claim they've got ways of doing it, but what they won't tell you is that they ignore salient factors that make their guesses meaningless. Believe me, I've had Evolutionists call trigonometry "religious dogma" because it shredded the accuracy of stellar parallax.

Quite a bit of what is tossed at us as "Science" is nothing better than the wild conjectures of whoever has the most letters after their name, and some good government grants. Fortunately Nature does not speak through closed minded zealots of the religion of Evolution.

Some claim the book is a backhanded push for Intelligent Design. I didn't find it very convincing as such, and am not sure if that was the intentional or not. The author's logic rarely brings out a good argument for ID and against Evolution. Most are transparently simplistic and ignore what Evolutionists preach.

Given the errors in the book, I'm hesitant to allow my kids to read it other than as an example of how not to be so accepting of what "experts" claim are facts.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 27, 2005 06:16 PM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.jacklewis.net/cgi-bin/mt/jl-tb.cgi/2343

Comments

What are some of the errors you are referring to? I'd be very interested in those ;)

Posted by: Stacy at December 27, 2005 10:01 PM

pg 26...by all evidence available the galaxy is a disk, not a sphere.

pg 27...we don't explore "down" because of the resources it takes to do so, not because it's "too hot".

Arguments against Evolution such as "animals need affection" and "there had to be a first" are childishly illogical, and carry little weight.

pg 45...atoms do not become a different element by changing the number of electrons.

pg 70...plants are green because green allows the absorption of red wavelength, which are the most efficient radiation component for photosynthesis.

I could go on.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at December 27, 2005 11:09 PM

Post a comment




Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)

Security verification

Type the characters you see in the image above.