Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Guest Post: Lisa Shiel author of The Evolution Conspiracy


Lisa Shiel, author of the book The Evolution Conspiracy, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

**Please note that this is the author's own view and has nothing whatsoever to do with how I feel on the subject.**



Scientists like to say evolution is a fact. In my new book The Evolution Conspiracy I reveal the embarrassing truth behind this crafty use of the term fact. But what is evolution? In its most basic, and vaguest, definition evolution means inherited changes. Yet no one has ever demonstrated that genetic changes passed down to future generations can give birth to genuinely new life-forms. No one has witnessed an ape turning into a human, or a reptile turning into a bird. The changes required to go from the first living cell to everything alive today resist our understanding. What are the top 7 transformations that refuse to give up their secrets?
  1. Nonliving to living. Evolutionists tell us life began from lifelessness. But how did nonliving matter transmute into the first living cell? When did the transformation happen? No one knows either answer.
  2. Single-celled to multicellular. Animals, plants, and other organisms consist of many cells. If all life started with a single living cell, how did that cell become multiple cells capable of coalescing into a single organism? The answer eludes evolutionists.
  3. Nonflowering to flowering. According to evolutionists all plants started out as nonflowering varieties. How and when did flowering plants come into existence? The scant evidence fails to provide a workable answer.
  4. Swimming to walking. Evolutionists say our spineless ancestors not only developed spinal cords but also crawled out of the sea to walk on land. When, how, and why did this happen? The presumed transformation has left little to no evidence.
  5. Grounded to flying. Archaeopteryx, once labeled the first bird, may not have been able to fly after all. How did creatures incapable of flight, including those with wings, develop the ability to fly? No one can erase that question mark.
  6. Quadrapedal to bipedal. Evolution requires that somewhere along the way apelike creatures developed the ability to walk upright. How did this happen, and why? No one can explain it.
  7. Nonhuman to human. After learning to walk upright, our supposed ancestors lost their apelike traits, invented culture and art, and became human. How and why? The same questions linger, still with no answers.
One final question hovers over all the others. Can evolution qualify as a scientific fact when so many big questions remain unanswerable? And we haven't mentioned the little questions. In The Evolution Conspiracy I help you sort out fact from wishful thinking, so you can decide for yourself what to believe.



About the book:

Evolution. One word, deceptive in its simplicity, has transformed the way we look at ourselves and everything around us. Once thought of as unique, man has become one of the animals with no special claim on the planet. As children, few of us question what we learn in biology class about the origins of life and the position man holds in the hierarchy. Science textbooks present evolution as fact–indisputable, inevitable, and incomprehensible to everyone outside the exalted few with PhDs in the appropriate fields.

Yet this book promotes one key premise–anyone can understand evolution.

Evolutionists focus their defensive efforts on Creationist claims, giving the impression that nobody except religious zealots disputes evolution. Shiel approaches the subject from a different perspective. Instead of criticizing evolution in an effort to promote my personal beliefs, I’ve chosen to critique evolutionary theories and the evidence attached to them through a secular lens.

Read. Think. Decide for yourself.



About Lisa:

Lisa A. Shiel researches and writes about everything strange, from Bigfoot and UFOs to alternative history. She has been interviewed for big-city newspapers, national magazines, drive-time talk radio shows, and TV news. Lisa has a master’s degree in library science and was previously the chief investigator for Michigan’s chapter of the Mutual UFO Network.

As a fiction writer, Lisa developed the Human Origins Series—which includes the novels The Hunt for Bigfoot and Lord of the Dead. Lisa’s other nonfiction books are Backyard Bigfoot: The True Story of Stick Signs, UFOs & the Sasquatch and Strange Michigan. This book, The Evolution Conspiracy, Vol. 1, marks the initial release in a planned three-book series.

Find her online at EvolutionConspiracy.com, Twitter.com/LAShiel, or on Facebook.




7 comments:

Ryan G said...

Not going to be reading this book anytime soon. Never could understand while people like this author take the word evolution and twist it into something it's not so they are able to be dogmatic on the subject.

publishingtrenches said...

Ryan,

It's easy to take cheap shots by criticizing something you have not read. It is, however, far more intellectually honest to step out of your comfort zone and open your mind to see if maybe everything you think you know is not quite true.

Your comments are far more accurately described as dogmatic than is Lisa's book.

You probably even believe you understand precisely what scientists mean when they say "evolution." Too bad so many of them don't.

Beth said...

Ryan - I think you can gather what my feelings are on this one, from previous posts. :)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, I was expecting a bit of controversy here in the comments. All I'll say is that this week, a new dinosaur was discovered.

Make of THAT comment what you will. Maybe all it means is that I dig dinos. In a metaphorical sense.

J.T. Oldfield said...

Wait a minute. After reading her bio, I gather that she believes in UFOs, and possible Big Foot, but not evolution.

Really? REALLY???????

Ryan G said...

I don't get the dinosaur reference, so I'm not going to say anything about that. However, and correct me if I'm wrong, evolution doesn't mean one species changed into another species. My understanding of evolution as it was taught in HS and college was that a species will physically adapt to it's enviornment over a period of time. So the whole ape into man comment is just dumb, in my opinion of course.

Beth (BBRB) said...

J.T. - Yup, UFOs but not evolution. I'm speechless. How do you even respond to that?

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