Our Jonathan M. has been reviewing Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True in a seven-part series. He has now concluded. Why this attention, at such length, and when Jonathan Wells reviewed the book for us already when it came out in 2009?
We went to this trouble for a couple of reasons. First, Coyne, it appears, seeks to be the American Dawkins and his currency has risen considerably in the past few years. (Would this, it occurs to us, make Larry Moran a viable contender as the Canadian Dawkins?) Also the book, at least in its title, claims to really tackle the evolution question head-on. Where else would a reader look for evidence that “evolution is true”? Yet if it truly represents the main force of that evidence, the best they’ve got, it’s pretty underwhelming. Did we think Coyne would answer our criticisms this time around? No, like the real Dawkins, he’s not really in the habit of engaging serious challenges.
So for your convenience, anyway, here in one convenient place are links to Jonathan’s review, presented sequentially and with links. If you haven’t read it yet, by all means do so.
- Underwhelmed: Reviewing Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True
- Jerry Coyne’s Chapter on the Fossil Record Fails to Show “Why Evolution Is True”
- From Jerry Coyne, “Evolution-of-the-Gaps” and Other Fallacies
- As Evidence of Darwinian Evolution, Biogeography Falls Well Short of Satisfying
- Blink and You’ll Miss It: Jerry Coyne Turns His Attention to the “Engine of Evolution”
- The Persistent Enigma of Sexual Reproduction
- Human Origins, and the Real Reasons for Evolutionary Skepticism