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Zombie Science: “The Story’s Got to Be True, No Matter What”

David Klinghoffer

Zombie Science

Discovery Institute biologist Jonathan Wells has been talking with fellow biologist and Center for Science & Culture Fellow Ray Bohlin on ID the Future (find the podcasts here and here).

The subject is Dr. Wells’s new book Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution. Of all the new icons he discusses, including cancer, the appendix, and walking whales, I suppose my sentimental favorite must be the human tail, wagged gleefully by theistic evolutionist Karl Giberson a few years back in a debate with Stephen Meyer. Giberson displayed a photo of a baby with a fully formed tail. This demonstrated the truth of common descent, right?

Wells recalls the incident, and notes, as we first reported here, that the photo was a Photoshop fabrication.

It was totally false. The guy didn’t know it at the time, apparently, and apologized afterward. But he said it was no big deal. And this is the attitude in zombie science. When the evidence runs against you, it’s no big deal because the story’s got to be true, no matter what.

Right – no matter what. It’s a wonderful book, and the scientists who’ve read it (unlike those who plainly admit they haven’t) love it:

“Evolutionary biologists provide contradictory hypotheses of the tree of life and mistaken answers on walking whales, junk DNA, the human eye, the origin of life, and many other captivating topics. To be up to date and informed on the many falsehoods dominating contemporary science and biology textbooks, I strongly recommend Zombie Science, the latest ‘politically incorrect’ book by Jonathan Wells.”

Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, PhD, Senior Scientist, Department of Molecular Genetics, Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding Research, Cologne (Retired)

“When I read Zombie Science, the old phrase ‘My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts’ kept coming to mind. Against the facts, Establishment Science continues to push a materialist narrative with religious zeal. Dr. Wells provides a very readable account of Establishment Science’s efforts to shore up a failed theory; like zombies, neo-Darwinism just refuses to die. But readers will come away with good protection from the zombie arguments that keep appearing.”

Ralph Seelke, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Microbial Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Wisconsin-Superior

More great endorsements to come. Get your copy of Zombie Science here. And in case you missed it, enjoy the trailer for the book here.

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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