I’m currently 310 pages into Stephen C. Meyer’s Signature in the Cell, which was sent to me a few weeks ago for the purpose of a review on this blog (which I’m happily planning to do). The book’s total length is 611 pages, but the main, non-appendix/index/notes portion is only 480 pages – and guess what? Stephen has yet to articulate any sort of argument for intelligent design. Skimming ahead a little, the first real attempt at this (arguably) occurs in Chapter 15, at p. 324.
That means about 68% of the book isn’t really about the topic it’s supposed to be the ultimate guide about, instead going into a bit of historical detail about old and semi-new origin of life hypotheses from the last two centuries or so. Mmm.
However, there is a bit at the end I’m rather interested to get stuck into – Appendix A – which is titled “Some Predictions of Intelligent Design”. Why couldn’t they have been included into the main body of the book? I suppose I’ll speculate on that a bit later on, when I get around to writing the review and subsequent posts about specific topics brought up by Stephen.
Preliminary thoughts so far? It’s well-written to be sure, and Stephen makes sure to keep it a fairly personal read, throwing in anecdotes from his times a teacher and a graduate student. I can see how they would be comforting and persuading to a person unfamiliar with the ID debate, but since I’m more interested in his arguments rather than how the book makes me feel emotionally, they tend to drift by when I’m reading. But that’s just me.
Only time and further reading will tell how his arguments for ID turn out. I’m keeping an open mind as best I can.