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The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 1

The Skeptical Biochemist

In this six part series, David Ussery carefully critiques the arguments made by Michael Behe in The Edge of Evolution. Ussery begins with the statement that this series is for those who have read or who are going to read Behe’s book, and that it is detailed in nature. Then, he gives a short synopsis of his background, both personal and philosophical. He proceeds to comb through all nine chapters of the book, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of various arguments made in each.

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The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 1

The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 1

I have heard from some of my friends and family that they find Michael Behe's book “convincing” from a scientific point of view.
October 16, 2010 
David Ussery 
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Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 2

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 2

Behe has presented a vastly over-simplified view of what scientists know about the origin of genetic diversity in the history of life.
October 18, 2010 
David Ussery 
Design 
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Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 3

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 3

I absolutely agree with Behe – there must be a ‘non-random’ account. But I’m a bit confused here, because natural selection is, by definition, definitely non-random. That’s the whole point!
October 23, 2010 
David Ussery 
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Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 4

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 4

One can find exactly what Behe is claiming can never happen, laid out in clear detail-- slow, gradual, evolution of complex systems such as the eye.
November 03, 2010 
David Ussery 
Design 
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Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 5: It’s All About Numbers

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 5: It’s All About Numbers

Behe’s argument in this chapter is essentially that even with more than several hundred million years of evolution, this is simply not enough time for the ‘right mutations’ to occur in order for the complexity we see around us to have evolved via ‘random processes’.
November 19, 2010 
David Ussery 
Design 
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Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 6: The Cathedral of Life

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 6: The Cathedral of Life

One of the most fascinating new topics in biology today is evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). In essence this is a field that couples two sub-disciplines, evolutionary biology and developmental biology using the tools of molecular biology.
December 04, 2010 
David Ussery, Darrel Falk 
Design 
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