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The Making of Species

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Title:The Making of Species
Dewar, Douglas   
(8 of 8 for author by title)
Jungle folk, Indian natural history sketches
Finn, Frank   
Published:   1909
Publisher:The Bodley Head
Tags:nature, non-fiction, reference, science, species, evolution, creationism

The purpose of this book is well expressed in the Preface by the statement of the authors that each had a feeling that the problems of the origin of species had not been settled, and alone each one felt unable to attack and settle so momentous a question; but apparently they found strength in union and have attempted to settle the question of species-making. Most naive is their statement in the Introduction: "Our aim in writing this book has been twofold: In the first place, we have attempted to place before the general public in simple language a true statement of the present position of biological science. In the second place, we have endeavored to furnish the scientific men of the day with food for reflection." [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:183 Info

Author Bio for Dewar, Douglas

Douglas Dewar (1875–1957) was a barrister, British civil servant in India, and ornithologist who wrote several books about Indian birds. He wrote widely in newspapers such as The Madras Mail, Pioneer, Times of India and periodicals such as the Civil and Military Gazette and Bird Notes.

Dewar however wrote most on ornithology and wrote numerous books on the birds of India. He particularly favoured the study of birds in life in the field wrote in his Birds of the Plains:

"The ornithological world is peopled by two classes of human beings. There are those who study nature inside the museum with the microscope and scalpel and there are those who live to observe birds In the open and study their habits."

He accuses the museum ornithologists of needlessly multiplying new species and altering names, too much attention being paid to local variations.

In his early education, he had been taught the ideas of evolution and was half-hearted in his acceptance of the principles. Although his early works on ornithology seemed to accept ideas of adaptation and selection, he later became a creationist and published a number of books and debates attacking evolution, and was the founding secretary-treasurer in the Evolution Protest Movement in 1932 along with Bernard Acworth and Lewis Merson Davies, jointly known as the Acworth Circle. He leaned towards the idea of old earth creationism but questioned radiometric dating. His book, The Transformist Illusion published posthumously in 1957 attempted to show the failure of evolution using examples such as the infinitesimal probability of proteins arising out of random mixing, the fossil record, bird anatomy, blood group incompatibilities, and queried evolutionary claims in embryology and vestigial organs. Reviewers pointed out the problems in his objections.--Wikipedia.

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