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Books by Michael Ruse.
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Michael Ruse was an expert witness in a creation science test case in Arkansas in 1981, wherein a federal judge ruled unconstitutional a state law mandating the reading of creationism alongside evolution in state schools.
Michael Ruse is professor of history and philosophy at the University of Guelph, Ontario and the author of eight books, including a trilogy on Darwinism: The Darwinian Revolution (1978), Darwinism Defended (1982), and Taking Darwin Seriously (1986).
Although I include this anthology in the category 'Anti-Creationism', there are articles of creationists (William Paley, Adam Sedgwick and Duane Gish); critics of Darwinism (Karl Popper) and critics of neo-Darwinian gradualism (S.J. Gould). Even critics of Ruse himself are included (Larry Laudan).
Professor Ruse is now at Florida State University.
An updated edition of But Is It Science? was published in January 2009 by Prometheus Books. A review was published in Skeptic.
An important chapter is: 8. 'Is there a limit to our knowledge of evolution?' which contains the useful distinction:
(1) the fact of evolution (organisms did evolve on earth from common ancestors): either evolution occurred, or it did not.
(2) the path taken (phylogenies) there is a limit of our knowledge of the path, but progress is possible.
(3) the mechanism (the causes behind the process). Ruse is pessimistic about the possibility of our ever knowing fully the causes of evolutionairy change.
Books by Michael Ruse
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