Charles Darwin's theories, ideas and writings are still a hot topic today and author Stephen Meyer has a new book coming out diving more into his ideas on evolution and intelligent design called, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & The Case For Intelligent Design.
This new book will be released on Tuesday, June 18th.
Stephen Meyer, 54, is the director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Meyer got his doctorate from the University of Cambridge and is a former professor at Whitworth College.
Meyer has been admired by his peers and readers for his steadfastness and willingness to put up with attacks because of his beliefs that we have a Creator and are made in His image.
In Meyer's new book, Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life & The Case For Intelligent Design, he addresses Darwin's most significant doubt and what has become of it.
He examines an event during a remote period of geological history in which numerous animal forms appear to have arisen suddenly and without evolutionary precursors in the fossil record, a mysterious event commonly referred to as the "Cambrian explosion." Darwin saw this event as a troubling anomaly and one that future fossil discoveries would eventually eliminate and give more answers to.
This problem has generated a crisis in evolutionary biology and gave Darwin his own doubt with the fossil evidence that elicited it.
Meyers has divided his new book into three parts (shared by World Mag):
Part One, "The Mystery of the Missing Fossils," describes the problem that brought Darwin's doubt in the first place, the missing ancestors of the Cambrian animals in the earlier Precambrian fossil record. Meyers then shares about the successive, but unsuccessful, attempts that biologists and paleontologists have made to resolve that mystery.
Part Two, "How to Build an Animal," explains why the discovery of the importance of information to living systems has made the mystery of the Cambrian explosion more acute. Biologists now know that the Cambrian explosion not only represents an explosion of new animal form and structure but also an explosion of information-that it was, indeed, one of the most significant "information revolutions" in the history of life. Part Two examines the problem of explaining how the unguided mechanism of natural selection and random mutations could have produced the biological information necessary to build the Cambrian animal forms. This group of chapters explains why so many leading biologists now doubt the creative power of the neo-Darwinian mechanism and it presents four rigorous critiques of the mechanism based on recent biological research.
Part Three, "After Darwin, What?" evaluates more current evolutionary theories to see if any of them explain the origin of form and information more satisfactorily than standard neo-Darwinism does. Part Three also presents and assesses the theory of intelligent design as a possible solution to the Cambrian mystery. A concluding chapter discusses the implications of the debate about design in biology for the larger philosophical questions that animate human existence. As the story of the book unfolds, it will become apparent that a seemingly isolated anomaly that Darwin acknowledged almost in passing has grown to become illustrative of a fundamental problem for all of evolutionary biology: the problem of the origin of biological form and information.
Meyer has also written, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.
Find out more details about the book HERE.