Darwin's Doubt

Darwin's Doubt

The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

Book - 2013
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When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the "Cambrian explosion," many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.

In Darwin's Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life--a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information--stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells--to building animal forms.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062071477
Branch Call Number: 576.82 ME
Characteristics: xiii, 498 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 21, 2020

Found I had to pay attention to the writing but it is clearly laid out and I was rewarded for the effort. Darwin knew his theory on evolution couldn't explain the sudden appearance of the variety of animal life in the Cambrian period - called the Cambrian Explosion. Meyer explains why not then logically explains why intelligent design is as good as Darwin's theory. Meyer makes an excellent case but I found it hard to accept the idea of intelligent design. For now, I'll go with "We're still looking." and "Intelligent Design" as the best explanations on why science can't explain the Cambrian Explosion.

Jun 15, 2020

Intelligent Design (I.D.) is not science. It is repackaged Biblical creationism, religious apologetics and should not have catalogue call numbers in the 500s with Science and Mathematics. Such supernatural origins myths should be in the 200s with Religion & Mythology. This is part of the infamous "wedge strategy" to get alternatives to evolutionary biology into the classroom. The so-called Cambrian "explosion" period was some 20,000,000 years, relatively brief in terms of historical geology, but rather slow in compared to most images of explosions.

Feb 26, 2020

Great book by a brilliant scientist! As an honest scientist myself, I recommend this and others like it by Behe, Dembski, and, and Denton. Well written. Easy to understand. Explains a serious issue of dishonest scientists stretching an unproven and unsupported theory past the point of credulity, relying on preconceived notions to support their own dogmatism. Darwinism is not science.

Mar 14, 2015

Excellent book for anyone that is open minded and somewhat skeptical that we came out of random changes and natural selection. Even more of an eye opener is Meyer's previous book on the origin of life "Signature in the Cell", that this library doesn't see fit to carry.

Both are truly tour de force.

Jan 12, 2015

If one takes the time to read through it and check the references. I find it interesting that many of the so-called "reviews" parrot the same message. I wonder if they read the same book as me! I took my time, read through the book, checked some (not all) of the references, and I can't find where Dr. Meyer distorted or lied about any information.

What I do find is an easy to understand, thought provoking, and contrarian view, which is probably what has the evolutionists up in arms. While curious about the Cambrian Explosion myself, and how so many life forms suddenly (relatively speaking) appeared, I had not done research into the topic. Finally, a work that not only explains another possibility, but does so cogently and with a viable alternative to evolution, which now, I find sorely lacking.

CharlesCalvaruso Dec 23, 2014

up to page 149

Jun 18, 2014

Beautifully written with clarity.

Sep 17, 2013

I would recommend this book along with the author's previous book Signature in the Cell to anyone who would like a readable explanation of DNA processes, cell mechanics involved with complex life forms and the reasons many neo-Darwin proponents still have unexplained problems.

Aug 19, 2013

Discovery Institute news!
godless Theory of Gravity supplanted by intelligent Falling!
as for this title,
inappropriately catalogued in the (EPL) 500s Science and Mathematics, when it belongs with other Christian apologetics in the 200s, Religion and Mythology.
“Intelligent Design Creationism Is Not Science”
The notorious "teach the controversy" wedge strategy. Since the Cambrian radiation event lasted some twenty million years, it is rather slow motion as most explosions go. An "explosion" only relative to the hundreds of millions of years of organic evolution.
The author is not a scientist: http://icb.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/6/510.full
”Stephen C. Meyer is a philosopher who serves as director of the Center for Science and Culture (CSC), the creationist subsidiary of the Discovery Institute, a conservative think tank in Seattle.”
and an article from Panda’s Thumb:
“Meyer’s Hopeless Monster”
Regarding the review by Donald F. Calbreath Ph.D. for the New York Journal of Books, Calbreath is associated with the Family Policy Institute of Washington. http://www.fpiw.org/about/who-we-are/dr-donald-f-calbreath.html
as you can see for yourself the FPIW .http://www.fpiw.org/
(“Our Issues: Life, Religious Freedom, Parental Rights, Marriage”) is a social conservative activist organization associated with Focus on the Family and Alliance Defense Fund.
Consider whether he would write an unbiased review on the area of intelligent design (creationism) and evolution.
“Burgess Shale fossil beds in B.C. reveal ancient ancestor of spiders, lobsters”
also look for:
Judgment Day : Intelligent Design On Trial
WGBH Educational Foundation, DVD, 2008,
"The Devil in Dover : an Insider's Story of Dogma v Darwin in Small-town America"
by Lauri lebo
New Press, 2008, ISBN: 9781595584519
"The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not"
Abby Hafer
Cascade Books, 2015, pbk, ISBN-10: 1620329417, ISBN-13: 978-1620329412
references debunking the Discovery Institute:
at RationalWiki: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Discovery_Institute
“Miller debunks the Discovery Institute again” (Kenneth R. Miller)
by Glenn Branch 01-09-2009, at National Center for Science Education
“The Discovery Institute's Hidden Religious Agenda”
by Lenny Flank, 2005, http://www.huecotanks.com/debunk/diagenda.html
“Claims of Peer Review for Intelligent Design examined and debunked”
posted October 7, 2012, at Skeptical Science
“More lies from the Discovery Institute”
at Pharyngula, Freethought Blogs
“Discovery Institute” references at Media Matters For America
another nail in the "ID"/creationism coffin
“Qingjiang fossil site during the Cambrian period approximately 518 million years ago.”
Originally aired on March 23, 2019 Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio


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Sep 01, 2015

"In China we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin." - http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/04/in_china_we_can084451.html but also quoted in Meyer's book.


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