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From the Editor’s Perch

October 17, 2010

QUANTUM EVOLUTION:

Life in the Multiverse

by Johnjoe McFadden

My Dog Noodle is Reading This Book with Me

After all this gossipy chit-chat, you might be wondering ‘how in the world did life evolve?’  Maybe, even ‘Why?’
Well, luckily for us all there is this wonderful new book I happened onto while reading a paperback bestseller ‘thriller’ by James Rollins called, “Black Order”.  Rollins, who is apparently also a PhD certified Verterinarian, finds inspiration for his creations in current scientific thought.  And so, he includes a bibliography in the back of his books.  This is how I found Johnjoe McFadden; searched him out on Google; and purchased the book through Amazon.com
On first look at the book, I worried I’d been had.  The cover is ugly, and the interior is over 300 pages of some pretty small print.  And I thought, ‘Oh, dear.  This is going to be as dry as a sacramental cracker.’  But, not to fear! Dear Reader.  This is not the case.
This book is an extremely well-written, interesting walk through the history of contemporary evolutionary theory.  It examines a couple glaring problems with the ‘natural selection’ based engine of Darwinian thought: that is, that 1) evolution appears via the fossilized record to occur in “jumps”, rather than as a smooth transition, and 2)that whereas we can fairly credibly explain the creation of a complex organ such as the human eye via steps found in the lower animals – no credible example of this has been found to account for the creation of fundamental biochemical pathways.  Also, he points out that it appears that when the conditions of life are approximated – that it appears that it is far more probable for life to appear than it is not.  These are all startling statements to make.  And makes me think that this book-review is not that far an associational reach from the Seattle Celebrity News! controversy just reported.  Whereas scientific experimentation seems certainly an excellent way of determining what is true and what is not – scientists are just as jealous of their pet theories and personal appearance as any of the rest of us.  So we must always keep an ear out for what is not being said, what is not being reported, etc.
Anyway, I’m only to page 136.  And like anythink worth doing, I’ve gotten to the point in the book where is it taking a bit of intellectual elbow-grease to continue.  But I’m finding it worth the effort, and I think you would too.  What better endorsement, but from someone who can’t keep from talking about this book, before he’s even finished?  Stay-tuned. 
And if you purchase the book, I hope you find it as interesting a read as I am.

Photo by Carl Nelson

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