Nice Try! A Review of Alan Rogers's The Evidence for Evolution

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I recently read The Evidence for Evolution by University of Utah professor of anthropology and biology Alan Rogers. The book is certainly concise, only 102 pages long. Christina Richards, of the University of South Florida, has praised it for presenting its arguments “in a respectful manner that is accessible to a broad audience without condescending language.” Indeed, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book does indeed live up to this claim.Unlike Richard Dawkins in The Greatest Show on Earth or Jerry Coyne in Why Evolution is True, Alan Rogers refrains from sneering condescension and seeks to engage with the dissenting position respectfully and gracefully. For this, he is to be commended. What about the arguments presented in the book? The author attempts to demonstrate scientific support for the notion of common ancestry — drawing on several disciplines — as well as the proposition that an entirely unguided process (involving such mechanisms as natural selection and random mutation) can plausibly be responsible for what we find in biology.

In this review, I want to select some of what I consider to be the strongest argumentation presented.

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