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Please if you are a creationist, do not read any further. In no way do I want to encourage you to read The Accidental Species Misunderstandings Of Human Evolution by Henry Gee. If you found some measure of truth in the book it would alter your identity, and your relationships with fellow dimwits. Now for those who think of evolution as science you may find you are guilty of gaping holes in your understanding of the subject.

This is a high protein energy drink so I will not try to cover in three paragraphs what Gee covered in 203 pages, counting notes and index. Darwin never wrote of a tree of evolution. This commonplace metaphor continues because it is easy to use and old habits are hard to break. Gee quotes Darwin, “It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.”

Darwin did not use the term evolution to describe what he saw and understood. Gee writes, “Darwin had a term for this process to which evolution was a mere analogy: he called it ‘descent with modification,’ a much less loaded term than ‘evolution.'”

Neither Darwin’s Origin of Species, nor Gee’s little field guide will ever be popular in Texas and those other Southern states where they believe in teaching ignorance early and often; however, a reader still struggling to put it all together will find Gee a good book to have. Charles Marlin

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