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Nature's I.Q.Balazs Hornyanszky, Istvan Tasi
Hardback, 160 pages, 2009
Hungarian scientists Balazs Hornyanszky and Istvan Tasi offer a novel contribution to the intelligent design literature by extending Michael Behe's theory of irreducible complexity from biological form to biological behavior. Where did the mysterious instincts of animals originate? Nature's IQ. The authors document more than 100 astonishing, unexplained phenomena from the animal kingdom, with 200 amazing color pictures. The authors point out how Darwinian "just so" stories fail to explain these irreducibly complex instincts and behaviors. This book is a valuable addition to any library for its amazing photos of animal life and it's catalog of fascinating animal behavior regardless of whether you believe they were a product of random mutations and natural selection or a product of artful, purposeful design. Another unique aspect of the book is the final chapter on "The Source of Intelligence" where they state that "an intelligence much more refined than ours, conceived and shaped the functioning of the living world in advance". The existing world is therefore the realization of this original, organic blueprint. Although this is no different than other minimalist definitions of ID, the authors of the book write the final chapter from an Indian (Hindu) perspective which is also a unique contribution to the ID literature: "We have chosen the thesaurus of the wisdom of Indian culture as the supporting document for our assertions about a divine intelligence for several reasons." First, because of its geographic and cultural distance, scriptures of Vedic wisdom are perhaps less know to the Western audience; thus from the point of view of knowledge acquisition, their presentation is therefore useful. We have chosen this literature because these Sanskrit texts present in detail a supportable and logical alternative to the prevailing evolutionist view.
Balazs Hornyanszky, M.S., bio-engineer, University of Technology, Budapest
Table of Contents:
Defense, disguise, deception
The language of the animals
Fly-by-night wanderers or expert navigators?
Couples and Mating
The new generation
The source of intelligence
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