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The Evolutionary Gospel According to Sean B. Carroll: Review of The Making of the Fittest

Over at the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (ISCID) archives, I've posted a review of Sean B. Carroll's book entitled, "The Evolutionary Gospel According to Sean B. Carroll: A Review of Sean B. Carroll's The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution" (W.W. Norton, 2006). Below are a few excerpts of the review:

To ensure the reader adopts his own view of evolution, Carroll resorts to scare tactics. After a bleak discussion of the potentially disastrous consequences of global warming, Carroll explains that "acceptance of [evolutionary biology's] facts" is not "a matter that should be open to political or philosophical debate." Carroll, who interestingly always capitalizes the term "Nature," quotes Peter Medawar, saying that "the alternative to thinking in evolutionary terms is not to think at all." . . . For Carroll, the salvation of the human species hangs upon acceptance of neo-Darwinism, and there's no room for dissenting viewpoints (i.e. "debate") or "any doubt," and if you don't accept the facts of Darwin, we'll all spend eternity in extinction. One might call it the gospel of evolution according to Sean B. Carroll.

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As a conservationist myself, I don't need, as Carroll taunts me, to "accept evolution or you won't 'think at all'" in order to understand the importance of conserving our natural resources. ... The ID-proponent who reads this book will feel very encouraged about the strength of her own position, for Carroll failed to provide any compelling explanations for the primary subject of his book: the evolutionary making of the fittest.

(Casey Luskin, "The Evolutionary Gospel According to Sean B. Carroll: Review of The Making of the Fittest," ISCID Archives)