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Signature in the Cell

DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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Named one of the top books of 2009 by the Times Literary Supplement (London), this controversial and compelling audiobook from Dr. Stephen C. Meyer presents a convincing new case for intelligent design (ID) based on revolutionary discoveries in science and DNA. Along the way Meyer argues that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as expounded in The Origin of Species did not, in fact, refute ID.

If you enjoyed Francis Collins' The Language of God, you'll find much to ponder - about evolution, DNA, and intelligent design - in Signature in the Cell.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 Stephen C. Meyer (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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youll need to listen to it a few times

its alot to get your head around. a brilliant book, everyone should hear out. and its very telling that the vast majority of criticism of this book attack the destination, not the jurney.

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An extremely important scientific work.

Meyer has produced a thorough going analysis and assessment of relevant contemporary scientific work and applied functionally grounded and well tested analyses to provide much needed insights in his field. His work also provides brilliant and clear suggestions for further studies. No doubt it is a seminal work that will inspire rational scientific thought and work for decades, or more, to follow.

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Outstanding. very good scientific arguments

This is a level headed open minded consideration of the facts as opposed to the narrow minded materialist theories.

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  • J. Kapetansky
  • 10-05-2019

The Thousand Year Book

I believe this book is the most important written in the last thousand years. Beautifully read by Derek Shetterly. Dr. Meyer makes a remarkable, tremendous, exciting and excruciatingly thorough argument, scientifically and mathematically, to usurp Darwin from the crown of evolutionary understanding and re-introduce our Fine Designer. The logic of Dr. Meyer’s argument is driven by our present day exceptional understanding of molecular biology, of what life truly is at the nano-level and what it takes to have something “alive”. We can truly appreciate life only when we read or hear details like those provided in “Signature in the Cell”. While Dr. Meyer is completely prepared to run his critics over with a proverbial “Mack truck”, he goes through pains, at an almost fantastical level of thoroughness, to cover and examine his critics arguments in extraordinary detail. Indeed, this book is as much the examination and dissection of opposing positions to ID as it is his elaborate, exceptional argument. It is wonderfully written. If you enjoy an exciting detective novel, a mystery novel, a history lesson, with the marvel of life‘s complexity all enveloped within and a conclusion delivering your own spiritual renewal, then please, download, and buckle up. It’s no overstatement to make: This book will one day prove to have brought a new, lasting, long sought after light in an up-til-now darkened tunnel, and a fresh hope for the revival of humanity’s relationship with The Divine.

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  • Nevin
  • 03-03-2017

Intelligent Design vs Chance

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the origin of life. Meyer makes an extremely good case for the Intelligent Design hypothesis. This is not just all hype & no meat, he goes into several leading theories and makes a good argument for why Intelligent Design is the best based on current knowledge. Even if you disagree, this book would at least give you an understanding of why some scientists believe in it and what critical points would have to be explained to over come their conclusions. Great read in my opinion.

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  • Paul
  • 23-04-2019

Surprisingly Rigorous

When a friend recommended this I expected a hokey, half-religious argument that wouldn't be sourced much deeper than the book of Genesis. Instead, it was rigorous, detailed, logical and well sourced. The chapters discussing information theory and probabilistic resources alone had more fresh ideas than most books I've read. The arguments are compelling enough that anyone seriously interested in the origin of life will have to grapple with them. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an open mind and an interest in the philosophy and history of science.

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  • Mikes
  • 23-03-2019

ESSENTIAL in the truest sense

I was only somewhat aware of Stephen Meyer before reading this. I wanted to find the most fundamental or important ID book, and finally become fully aware of the ideas. I was pointed in the direction of this book several times, and I so I gave it a listen.

It did not disappoint at all. I think every human being in our time should know this essential knowledge about the code that is in our blood. It is thorough and definitive of what ID means. ID has so many applications, but this has been one of the most exciting and meaningful discoveries, and I feel like a more complete thinker and person for having read it.

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  • verified purchaser
  • 26-09-2018

Thorough

Interesting how evolution is deconstructed in the most forthright, honest manner. This is no religious argument, but a detailed expose of the current state of science, including historical and philosophical developments.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2017

buries darwinian evolution

you will shake your head in disbelief at how so many people have been duped by the absurdity of Darwinian evolution. This book elucidates just about every aspect of intelligent design and is a compelling obvious correction of how intelligence was necessary to create the information in life and DNA.

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  • Miguel Hastingo
  • 12-07-2017

excellent Treatise on intelligent design

Steven Meyers does an excellent job explaining the history of science, and how no secular materialistic description of the beginning of Life can explain the information in DNA. this is an excellent book for anybody who wants to try to understand the true debate and get past all of the red herrings and straw man arguments propped up by Dawkins and all the other unthinking so called "science" parrots. highly recommend

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  • Bert Branson
  • 26-01-2017

Who knew 'science' had such zealous orthodoxy?

Eye-opening! Eureka maybe? Maybe in distinction to the 'multiverse-of-the-gaps' this intelligence/design paradigm could be the next epoch creating solutions in science.

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  • James R.
  • 25-10-2018

phenomenal!

This material must be taken in by every person interested in origin science and every scientist researching the cure of any disease. It is the key to freeing the mind from 150 year old false assumptions about origins that have retarded the human race's ability to progress.

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  • DBBattig
  • 05-06-2017

Darwinism in light of the human genome project

Prior to the discovery of germ theory in the late 19th century, there could be no understanding of how diseases were caused or cured.

Prior to the discovery of DNA and its encoded information, there could be no understanding of how the origin of life occurred. Were Darwin alive today, I believe he would not have postulated "chance alone" as a mechanism for life due to the complexity of DNA.

I was in search of a modern review of Darwinism in light of the recent discoveries in genomics and Steven Meyer provided the scientific and philosophical approach I was looking for. His work was very up-to-date and relevant to answering the question of Intelligent Design's role in the formation of life.

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  • James
  • 04-01-2019

must read!

points out the obvious that most people willingly ignore for the sake of predetermined instance on natural laws.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2018

Amazing

Superb book. The depth of information is astounding. Loved every minute. If you have no scientific back ground could be hard going. But everyone will get something from this book.

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  • Valentin
  • 18-08-2018

Really worth reading!

Great book presenting logical, well-argumented claims about the evidence for intelligent design in a methodical and thorough way. Not an easy read though if you cannot stomach more scholarly text and technical details from science but the insight it can give you as well as the factual base on which to ground one's beliefs about intelligent design make this book a truly rewarding reading.

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  • Veteran House Snake Keeper
  • 24-06-2017

Amazing book packed full of good science.

Great book. Not full of religion as some reviews claim.
it is full of science and critical thinking.
in some places it gets a bit heavy on the biology/biochemistry, which I am not sure people will get if they don't have a scientific background.
As someone with a scientific background I found the book very well thought out and convincing.

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  • Dr Liz Miller
  • 22-09-2019

Excellent a balanced and wee argued exposition of Intelligent Design

Anyone who believes life begins and ends on this planet is living in a very small world.

Neodarwian evolutionary theory lacks evidence Spontaneous mutations lead to catastrophic damage, from natural abortions to cancer. A system without effective feedback is doomed to fail. This is the scientific alternative

~Until the arguments in this book are refuted, evolution is not a viable theory. New species appear at irregular intervals, vis the outpouring of the Cambrian age. Massive leaps forward invertebrates to vertebrates the mammalian eye, prescient features in simpler species are big unanswered questions

It is time for Darwinian materialism to show up with some real science or leave the stage. This is a must hear for 21st century scientists whether they are professionals or simply curious

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  • UKJ
  • 12-08-2019

Intelligence !

What an incredible intelligent narrative of an irrefutable case for intelligent design without entailing any biased opinionated religious views. Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book!

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  • Anthony Atkins
  • 01-07-2019

Absolutely amazingly intelligent book!

The author of this book details all hypothesis and theories that counter intelligent design, then he breaks them apart one by one whilst showing why intelligent design is a highly plausible and scientific theory that explains why life has been encoded with information. He also explains the origins and discovery of the DNA structure which was very interesting, as well as exposing other pseudoscientific arguments postulating that life, and existence can be created by chance. Very informative book, I would definitely recommend!

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  • AJC
  • 07-05-2019

A Designer

Deep stuff for the ordinary mind and the physical book will be necessary for referencing, but worth knowing. It explains the scientific detail and reason for what is obvious in the uniqueness of life - there is a Designer.

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  • Jan Moucha
  • 25-09-2019

The *true* science

This is in no way a religious book and it is utterly religiously neutral. The implications are theistic, but that does not make this book and its theory non-scientific. Author proves the reasonableness and logic to at least consider intelligent design behind life; and specifically, the *complex specified* information required for its begining and continued existence, through biology, probability, physical laws, philosophy, examples of performed experiments (even those done by stern evolutionists), logic and common sense. It clearly shows there is no place for bias in science and that answering question "How did life came to be?" with simply saying "evolution", or "chance", doesn't actually answer that question and reveals answerer's ignorance.
So why is intelligent design often called "pseudoscientific"?
If someone says "we don't know how life began" and then goes on to pretty much say "but it certainly wasn't God", how scientific is that? Think about who describes it that way and doesn't that term technically apply to evolution as well from the exact same perspective? The truth is that not believing in intelligent creator has too much at stake. If there isn't a God, you can do whatever you want and will not be called to an account for my actions, whereas if there is God--and here you have a *scientific* discourse that there may be (purely as a designing agent)--it means you are responsible for your actions, that there are things that you shouldn't do, despite how much you would enjoy them otherwise. If you accept it may be a possibility that this is the reason for your rejection of intelligent creator, try to challenge your believes with this book. Might want to listen at 80% speed though, the subject is way too complex to listen at the original rate.

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  • Stefan Petcu
  • 16-04-2018

Repetitive

I don’t know if it’s something typical of scientific theory book, and repetition undoubtedly has its place in learning, but I found some statements repeated much beyond the point of rendering them annoyingly boring.

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