One of the refreshing things about Doug Axe’s new book Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed is his confession that you don’t have to take his word for it. Or anyone else’s, for that matter.
Despite being a molecular biologist who has done the lab research to confirm the impossibility of unguided nature chancing upon functional proteins, he shows how, even without that, the design intuition most of us share embodies sound science.
We don’t need to rely slavishly on what scientists say because, in an important sense, we are all scientists, capable of judging a big scientific idea like evolution, if not necessarily the technical details, for ourselves. Evolution’s defenders in the world of science love to overawe the public with those details, but we can look past and through them. Its defenders in the media tend toward a precious, almost worshipful regard for scientists, but as Dr. Axe reminds us, professionals in the sciences are human just like us.
All that having been said, it’s interesting to hear from those professionals — biologists especially — who agree with Dr. Axe on his main point. And indeed endorsements for the book have continued to come in.
From Russell W. Carlson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia:
Many say we must accept that life is ultimately due to a grand cosmic accident, that evolution is an unguided purposeless process, and that we must deny our experience. Axe describes why the design we see in nature fits with scientific observation as well as with our “undeniable” experience.
From Matti Leisola, D.Sc., Professor Emeritus of Bioprocess Engineering, Aalto University, Finland:
Douglas Axe is one of the very few experimental scientists who has used his skills to test the validity of evolutionary mechanisms as a source of inventions. Here, he concludes that we can trust our common (universal) design intuition; it is supported by science, whereas evolutionary stories are anti-science.
From Mark C. Biedebach, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach:
In Undeniable, Dr. Axe has carefully crafted a case that strongly favors our human intuition that life was designed. As a protein chemist, he gives numerous examples and reasons why unguided evolution (even of a cell’s protein molecules) is improbable in the extreme. As I understand his case, its power to convince surpasses that of anything else I have ever read (on origins science) during my 65 years as an engineer, biophysicist, and physiologist.
Whoa. Frankly, those endorsements would be impressive from any scholar, or any thoughtful adult. They’re all the more so from scientists who, you would have to agree even against your will (if you’re a Darwinist), know what they’re talking about.
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