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The Biotic Message: Evolution versus Message Theory

Walter James ReMine

St. Paul Science, (Hardcover Edition), 538 pages, 1993

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ISBN: 0963799908

Published in 1993, The Biotic Message has become essential reading for anyone with more than a passing interest in the origins debate.

Written with a focus on biological issues, this book engages evolutionists on their own terms, on their issues, using their testimony, and their ground rules - including the central role of testability within Science. ReMine attacks many evolutionary illusions, and offers a new creation theory of biology: Life was designed to shout that it had only one creator, and to resist all other explanations.

ReMine's underlying theme is that an intelligent designer/creator has placed a pattern in living things (and their fossils) which defies a naturalistic explanation and points the observers to the one intelligent designer. This is The Biotic Message: that the unity in biology indicates an intelligent designer, and the pattern of diversity defies any consistent naturalistic explanation.

Be forewarned, this book is not a light read-it is lengthy and densely packed, and is designed for the serious student of the origins controversy. Although it resembles a freshman-level college text, it has been enjoyed by high school students and is suitable for public schools. A strong background in science is not necessary, as the book is tutorial in its approach.

ReMine addresses evolutionary issues, such as:

  • The carnival shell game maneuvering behind natural selection and the anthropic principle.
  • The inability of evolutionary geneticists to make their models consistent with their claims and the data.
  • The flexibility and untestability of evolutionary theory, it has no coherent structure. Many evolutionists are quoted to demonstrate the contradictions within evolutionary theory.
  • The philosophical double-standards held by evolutionists, one standard for creation, and a lesser one for evolution.
  • The misuse of terminology and classification methods to create evolutionary illusions.
  • The fossil record systematically refutes the predictions of Darwinism. This is documented by quoting evolutionists themselves.
  • Punctuationists (such as Stephen Gould) responded to their setbacks by constructing a theory that is compatible with a complete absence of evidence for evolution. Few students know that punctuated equilibria theory is specially constructed to destroy the appearance of lineages and identifiable ancestors.

The book doesn't just take shots at evolution, however, it actively proposes a scientifically testable creation theory to take its place. The new theory overturns Darwin's and Gould's arguments about "imperfect" designs, and most notably, the evolutionist's central argument - the nested pattern of life. The full range of biological issues are discussed, from vestigial organs, to embryology, to biomolecules, to biogeography, and more.

Recommendations
"Voluminous, well-written, thoroughly researched and beautifully bound. ... ReMine's bibliography and text references read like a who's who of pro-evolutionary icons with names like Darwin, Gould, Lewin, Lewontin, Futuyma, Strahler, Dobzhansky, Haldane, Crick, and even Skinner, Sagan and Hawking. The author quotes these scientists at length, critiques them and uses the research of one to contradict he other. ...ReMine is persuasive and challenging."
- Thomas P. Ostrom, evolutionist and professor of anthropology. Rochester Post Bulletin, March 29, 1994

"The Biotic Message, a bold and fascinating attempt to state a comprehensive theory, the short of which is that life is designed to convey a message that life is the product of a single designer -- as opposed to multiple designers or evolution. The thesis itself is exciting, and the argument for it provides a fresh perspective on a number of specific issues pertaining to evolution." .... "Original, and stimulating to the mind, and very thoroughly worked out. ... Well worth the money."
- Phillip E. Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial

"It's an impressive work"
- Dr. Michael Denton, author of Evolution, a Theory in Crisis

"I'd like to add my enthusiastic appreciation of Walter ReMine's book. ... I believe the book is an extremely valuable addition to the intelligent design literature and deserves a wide readership.

The main reason for my enthusiasm is that Walter presents arguments in his book that, so far as I know, have not been presented anywhere else. He particularly shows that principles of population genetics work strongly against evolutionary theory. I myself was floored by his discussion showing that the sickle cell gene actively works through natural selection to exclude a more efficient mutant, hbC from gaining a foothold in malaria-prone populations. The reason I was astounded is that I DID MY THESIS ON SICKLE CELL HEMOGLOBIN and I never thought of or read of the connection that Walter made.

As far as Message Theory goes, in the book Walter does a great job of explaining it. The theory appears to be original, defensible, and scientific. Is it true? It very well could be, as far as I can see, and I look forward to a discussion of it."
- Dr. Michael Behe, associate professor of biochemistry, Lehigh University. author of Darwin's Black Box

About the Author
Walter ReMine was born and grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. As a youth, he learned magic as a hobby, which later would prove helpful in understanding how key scientific illusions are achieved. By the beginning of his junior year at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis campus) he was inducted into Eta Kappa Nu, the national honorary society for electrical engineers. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees there in 1974 and 1977, with emphasis on signal processing and pattern recognition. This would later help him in studying life's biological patterns and recognizing their meaning, and the strong math background would prove indispensable in studying the claims of evolutionary genetics.

For his Master's thesis he invented and built a pattern recognition system for automatically recognizing and categorizing epileptic seizures from the electroencephalogram (EEG). After that he worked for three years at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, where he developed systems for monitoring and diagnosing epilepsy. Following that he did research work at an internationally known St. Paul technology company on such projects as: the Cochlear Implant Project (a surgically implanted device to enable the deaf to hear), a combination nerve and muscle stimulator (for physical therapy), and library systems (for securely conducting library transactions). Currently, he holds four patents.

During his college years he also became interested in the origins controversy. By 1980 he was writing articles for a monthly news-magazine, as well as organizing and speaking at conferences on the subject. Those were transitional years for all sides of the origins controversy, and time spent hobnobbing with its participants gave a deeper appreciation of the mistakes and merits of the various positions. In 1982 he began eleven years of laborious research, culminating in his treatise, The Biotic Message.

Table of Contents
Preface

1. Evolution vs. the Biotic Message
2. Naturalism vs. Science
3. The Origin of Life
4. Survival of the Fittest
5. Inventive Natural Selection
6. Darwinian Scenarios
7. Population Genetics
8. Haldane's Dilemma
9. The Neutral Theory of Evolution
10. Gradual Intergradations and Phylogeny
11. Modern Systematic Methods
12. Evolutionary Illusions
13. The Fossil Record
14. Punctuated Equilibria
15. Hierarchy Theory
16. Nested Hierarchy and Convergence
17. Embryology
18. Vestigial Organs
19. Molecular Evolution
20. Illusions of Fossil Sequence
21. Fossil Sequence and Message Theory
22. Biogeography
23. Cosmological Issues
24. Discontinuity Systematics
25. Systematics and the Origins Debate
26. Conclusions

Appendix to Survival of the Fittest
Appendix to Population Genetics
Appendix to Haldane's Dilemma
Appendix to Discontinuity Systematics

References
Index


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