Can evolution explain all of life? In the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin acknowledged that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the “Cambrian explosion,” 530 million years ago many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In this eBook, Stephen C. Meyer argues that modern evolutionary theory, like Darwin’s classical theory, likewise fails to explain the Cambrian explosion. Instead, Meyer contends that intelligent design is the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals. Thus, the Cambrian explosion strongly indicates that a mind—not matter—is the best explanation for this major event in the history of life.
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Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science after working as an oil industry geophysicist. He now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He authored the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt, Signature in the Cell, a (London) Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, and, most recently, Return of the God Hypothesis.