Jerry Coyne

I’ve recently been reading Jerry Coyne’s book, Why Evolution is True. The amount of direct information this man delivers is phenomenal. In many cases, creationism-evolution arguments need to rely on a lot of rhetoric – the evolutionary rhetoric being based on reality and the creationism rhetoric being based on what some ignorant pastor or website said (yeah, rhetoric like that). Coyne, however, does this for his opening (as is the nature of openings), but then basically refutes every ignorant creationist qualm with specific examples. My favorite section thus far is on biogeography. It isn’t news to anyone, but Coyne elucidates the concept beyond any single work I’ve encountered to date.

This is one of the better books on evolution out there. It is needed reading for any individual who is driven by religion and emotion to deny the beautiful facts of life as revealed through science.