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Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA (udgave 2007)

af Daniel J. Fairbanks (Forfatter)

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Since the publication in 1859 of Darwin’s Origin of Species, debate over the theory of evolution has been continuous and often impassioned. In recent years, opponents of "Darwin’s dangerous idea" have mounted history’s most sophisticated and generously funded attack, claiming that evolution is "a theory in crisis." Ironically, these claims are being made at a time when the explosion of information from genome projects has revealed the most compelling and overwhelming evidence of evolution ever discovered. Much of the latest evidence of human evolution comes not from our genes, but from so-called "junk DNA," leftover relics of our evolutionary history that make up the vast majority of our DNA. Relics of Eden explores this powerful DNA-based evidence of human evolution. The "relics" are the millions of functionally useless but scientifically informative remnants of our evolutionary ancestry trapped in the DNA of every person on the planet. For example, the analysis of the chimpanzee and Rhesus monkey genomes shows indisputable evidence of the human evolutionary relationship with other primates. Over 95 percent of our genome is identical with that of chimpanzees and we also have a good deal in common with other animal species. Author Daniel J. Fairbanks also discusses what DNA analysis reveals about where humans originated. The diversity of DNA sequences repeatedly confirms the archeological evidence that humans originated in sub-Saharan Africa (the "Eden" of the title) and from there migrated through the Middle East and Asia to Europe, Australia, and the Americas. In conclusion, Fairbanks confronts the supposed dichotomy between evolution and religion, arguing that both science and religion are complementary ways to seek truth. He appeals to the vast majority of Americans who hold religious convictions not to be fooled by the pseudoscience of Creationists and Intelligent Design advocates and to abandon the false dichotomy between religion and real science. This concise, very readable presentation of recent genetic research is completely accessible to the nonspecialist and makes for enlightening and fascinating reading.… (mere)
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Titel:Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA
Forfattere:Daniel J. Fairbanks (Forfatter)
Info:Prometheus Books (2007), Edition: First Edition, 281 pages
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Marginal. The author purports to demonstrate evolution through DNA, and he does give some various examples of how evolution is printed in human DNA. It's okay as far as it goes (which isn't really all that far), but the author speaks way above the head of most laypeople, making it useless for me to assign to my freshmen students who haven't had a college biology class before. In the final two chapters, he purports to demonstrate that science and religion are fully compatible; I read with interest to see if there is anything new. Alas, no. He does a good job of detailing the history of conflict between the church and evolution, and gives a decent description (one of the better that I've read) of the fallout from the Scopes trial. But his argument in the end boils down to the same argument always given: Look, here are these scientists, and they believe in God and evolution. This is not evidence that they are compatible, since it is fully possible for the human brain (even rational scientists) to entertain totally incompatible thoughts, and to hold onto them for a long time. He also says it is telling that Darwin did not include reference to a Creator in his first edition of Origin; I agree, but I don't think it says what he thinks it says, and even if he did, a reference to a creator that is widely believed by the reading public is not evidence of the compatibility of religion and science, merely the compatibility of religion and marketing. Overall, not a total wash as a book, but somewhat tepid in spite of his full throated support of evolutionary theory. ( )
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Since the publication in 1859 of Darwin’s Origin of Species, debate over the theory of evolution has been continuous and often impassioned. In recent years, opponents of "Darwin’s dangerous idea" have mounted history’s most sophisticated and generously funded attack, claiming that evolution is "a theory in crisis." Ironically, these claims are being made at a time when the explosion of information from genome projects has revealed the most compelling and overwhelming evidence of evolution ever discovered. Much of the latest evidence of human evolution comes not from our genes, but from so-called "junk DNA," leftover relics of our evolutionary history that make up the vast majority of our DNA. Relics of Eden explores this powerful DNA-based evidence of human evolution. The "relics" are the millions of functionally useless but scientifically informative remnants of our evolutionary ancestry trapped in the DNA of every person on the planet. For example, the analysis of the chimpanzee and Rhesus monkey genomes shows indisputable evidence of the human evolutionary relationship with other primates. Over 95 percent of our genome is identical with that of chimpanzees and we also have a good deal in common with other animal species. Author Daniel J. Fairbanks also discusses what DNA analysis reveals about where humans originated. The diversity of DNA sequences repeatedly confirms the archeological evidence that humans originated in sub-Saharan Africa (the "Eden" of the title) and from there migrated through the Middle East and Asia to Europe, Australia, and the Americas. In conclusion, Fairbanks confronts the supposed dichotomy between evolution and religion, arguing that both science and religion are complementary ways to seek truth. He appeals to the vast majority of Americans who hold religious convictions not to be fooled by the pseudoscience of Creationists and Intelligent Design advocates and to abandon the false dichotomy between religion and real science. This concise, very readable presentation of recent genetic research is completely accessible to the nonspecialist and makes for enlightening and fascinating reading.

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