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Walter M. Fitch, a pioneer in the study of molecular evolution, has written this cogent overview of why creationism fails with respect to all the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. He explains the basics of logic and rhetoric at the heart of scientific thinking, shows what a logical syllogism is, and tells how one can detect that an argument is logically fallacious, and t Walter M. Fitch, a pioneer in the study of molecular evolution, has written this cogent overview of why creationism fails with respect to all the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. He explains the basics of logic and rhetoric at the heart of scientific thinking, shows what a logical syllogism is, and tells how one can detect that an argument is logically fallacious, and therefore invalid, or even duplicitous. Fitch takes his readers through the arguments used by creationists to question the science of evolution. He clearly delineates the fallacies in logic that characterize creationist thinking, and explores the basic statistics that creationists tend to ignore, including elementary genetics, the age of the Earth, and fossil dating. His book gives readers the tools they need for detecting and disassembling the ideas most frequently repeated by creationists.


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Walter M. Fitch, a pioneer in the study of molecular evolution, has written this cogent overview of why creationism fails with respect to all the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. He explains the basics of logic and rhetoric at the heart of scientific thinking, shows what a logical syllogism is, and tells how one can detect that an argument is logically fallacious, and t Walter M. Fitch, a pioneer in the study of molecular evolution, has written this cogent overview of why creationism fails with respect to all the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. He explains the basics of logic and rhetoric at the heart of scientific thinking, shows what a logical syllogism is, and tells how one can detect that an argument is logically fallacious, and therefore invalid, or even duplicitous. Fitch takes his readers through the arguments used by creationists to question the science of evolution. He clearly delineates the fallacies in logic that characterize creationist thinking, and explores the basic statistics that creationists tend to ignore, including elementary genetics, the age of the Earth, and fossil dating. His book gives readers the tools they need for detecting and disassembling the ideas most frequently repeated by creationists.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Liam Chamberlain

    The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science is a fascinating book by Walter M. Fitch. His technique and writing style are none I've ever read before. He organizes his book into a way that builds understanding, learning, and supports his topic. He uses an evolution and biology base for many of his important points, which I can heavily relate to and comprehend. I also was intrigued by his syntax and diction that he used. It is no joke that he is very intelligent and developes h The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science is a fascinating book by Walter M. Fitch. His technique and writing style are none I've ever read before. He organizes his book into a way that builds understanding, learning, and supports his topic. He uses an evolution and biology base for many of his important points, which I can heavily relate to and comprehend. I also was intrigued by his syntax and diction that he used. It is no joke that he is very intelligent and developes his "argument" or basis extremely well. While he does not explicitly write that he is bias it is safe to say he is more intimate and supportive of the logical and science side rather than the creationist side. That isnt to say he does not address both sides however. He is very careful to explain all sides the creationists suggests. I will now further explain some of the points a mentioned: Fitch's organization in his book, The Three Failures of Creationism: Logic, Rhetoric, and Science, is unique and highly resourceful. He breaks his book into chapters, and then sections within these chapters, which are used to get all of his points across. He addresses multiple perspectives in doing this type of organization that might normally, if it was in any other book, seem like rambling or might be confusing. He then, occasionally, breaks these sections down further as to list or further dive into a certain subject/topic. He uses this sectioning method to ensure all perspectives and possiblities are explained for the reader to understand the purpose. Fitch uses multiple biology and science references to reinforce his argument in a logical manner. He references evolution and its relavances for many of his main points. Specifically he refers to Darwin's Natural Selection theory and the study of genetics. He even refers to the laws of thermodynamics and a few physics concepts. He teaches in his book the basics of syllogisms and its application to the reasoning behind his main purpose. He uses the Rhetorical strategy Logos in his writing. This is to say he uses facts and logistics to further persuade his topic at the moment. He uses Logos when he is using statistics about science and in his examples. Finally I want to reinstate the statement I made that he is biased toward evolution and science over creationism. Fitch constantly proves the creationists theories and arguments to be wrong within his book. It is clear he is a highly educated man in the field of science and knows a fair deal about some creationist views as well. He is persistent in addressing all the reasons why creationism is flawed and especially the quoted "New Earth Creationists." He intelligently argues his point without throwing the creationist view under the bus, and he does this with the use of Logos. He scientifically explains and proves how the creationist views and arguments are flawed using reasoning and logic in a way that most people could understand.

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