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Darwin’s Doubt Is #4 Nonfiction Bestseller at the Los Angeles Times

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My apologies: In our zest in reporting that Stephen Meyer’s new book, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, is #7 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list that came out yesterday, we neglected to mention that it’s #4 on the Los Angeles Times nonfiction list. By the oversight, we meant no disrespect to the West Coast.
As an aside, though, in contrast to the NYT‘s factual description of the book, note the interestingly tendentious summary of the contents given by the LAT:

Darwin’s Doubt
Stephen C. Meyer
The mystery surrounding the “Cambrian explosion:” the discovery of animal fossils whose ancestors have yet to be found.

With the scare quotes, they appear to be calling into question the reality of the Cambrian event, while in the second phrase the discovery of ancestors for the Cambrian animals seems to be assumed as something that hasn’t happened yet but is bound to do so sooner or later. This is a new one for me: a thumbnail-size review-by-insinuation, right there in the bestseller list.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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