What do you get when the soul of science dies?
“Science is a noble enterprise that is being corrupted by an addiction to money and a tendency to tell stories that go far beyond the evidence,” says biologist Jonathan Wells whose new book Zombie Science: More Icons of Evolution.
More than a decade ago Wells leveled an attack against many outdated defenses of Darwinism in his bestselling Icons of Evolution. Exposing the lack of evidence behind icons like Ernst Haeckel’s faked embryo drawings and peppered moths glued to tree trunks, the book made quite an impact, even forcing some textbook publishers to remove grossly inaccurate illustrations and examples from their textbooks.
“Zombie science is most obvious in evolutionary biology, where “just-so” stories have largely taken the place of evidence-based science,” says Wells. “Students are indoctrinated into evolutionary biology with icons of evolution that exaggerate, misrepresent, or even fake the scientific evidence.”
But the trouble with icons is that, like zombies, they just keep coming back. And now Wells sets the record straight once again. Wells shows how empirical science is devolving into zombie science, shuffling along unfazed by opposing evidence. Discredited icons of evolution rise from the dead while more icons—equally bogus—join their ranks.
“On TV and at the movies, zombies are simultaneously scary and comedic,” says Michael Medved nationally syndicated talk radio host and author of The American Miracle. “Zombie science is even more frightening and, at times, even more laughable—and worthy of the exposure Wells delivers with his customary gusto and clarity.”
Jonathan Wells is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California-Berkeley and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University. His books include Icons of Evolution (2000), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (2006), and The Myth of Junk DNA (2011).