Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts

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Discovery Institute
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.81 pounds

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"This new book fills an important gap in the literature about problems for neo-Darwinism and empirical evidence for intelligent design theory. While there are many works on highly complex systems in genetics, molecular machines, and anatomy, this work focuses on the utterly mysterious origin of complex programmed animal behavior and instincts. From the navigation of migrating birds and butterflies to the dance of honey bees and the miraculous abilities of other insect societies there are abundant phenomena for which Darwinism has failed to provide any plausible and adequate explanation, while the obvious design explanation has been excluded a priori by mainstream academia. This book is another welcome and highly recommended step towards an overdue paradigm change in modern biology."

-Günter Bechly, PhD, paleoentomologist, senior fellow with the Center for Science and Culture, former curator in the department of paleontology for the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany

"All computer programs are algorithms. Eric Cassell wonderfully describes the clever algorithms in many animals. Where did these embedded computer programs come from? Specified complexity, irreducible complexity and the Cambrian explosion are inexplicable from a Darwinian viewpoint. In this book, Cassell masterfully adds animal algorithms to the list."

-Robert J. Marks II, PhD, distinguished professor of electrical & computer engineering, Baylor University; FIEEE and FOSA; director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence; editor-in-chief, BIO-Complexity

"Eric Cassell has given us an extremely well-researched book that is enjoyable to read and addresses what is surely the most fascinating aspect of animals: their behavior. Examples of some intriguingly complex behaviors are clearly explained, along with the ways that the traditional evolutionary paradigm has struggled to explain their origin. Cassell shows that some complex animal behaviors appear to be based on programs. But if so, then who or what programmed them? Animal Algorithms reveals how this is a particularly difficult question for Darwinian evolution to answer. In contrast, intelligent agents are the only sort of cause known to be able to generate computer algorithms. Perhaps, then, intelligent design played a role in the origin of these complex programmed behaviors we find in these animals. Hopefully, this book will awaken more minds among the general public, and the scientific community, to possibilities beyond the rapidly aging creed of Darwinism."

-Malcolm Chisholm, PhD, entomology, Bristol University; MA (Oxford), zoology; president of Data Millennium LLC; recipient, Data Management Association International Lifetime Achievement Award

"As a research ecologist, I appreciate Eric Cassell's thorough and readable exploration of complex programmed behavior in animals from an engineer's perspective. Well researched with concise explanations and examples, Animal Algorithms employs a systems biology approach to ably expose neo-Darwinian mechanisms as deficient and show that design inferences offer tenable explanations that point to multiple vistas of further scientific investigation. A stellar contribution that extends the breadth of ID research."

-George A. Damoff, PhD, adjunct research faculty, Division of Environmental Science, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University