The Talk.Origins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy

Cretinism or Evilution? Nos. 4&5
Edited by E.T. Babinski
Further Reading

Further Reading

J. Achenbach, the "Introduction" and first chapter, "Bugs," of his book, Why Things Are: Answers to Every Essential Question in Life

Tina Adler, "Tick Threats: New Diseases Brought to You by Your Neighborhood Ticks," Science News, Vol. 146, July 16, 1994, pg. 44-45

W. Agosta, Bombardier Beetles and Fever Trees: A Close-up Look at Chemical Warfare and Signals in Animals and Plants

T. Anders, "The Scars of Human Evolution," "Conflict in the Animal World," and, "The Roots of Evil," which are chapters, or sections of chapters, in The Evolution of Evil: An Inquiry into the Ultimate Origins of Human Suffering

M. Andrews, The Life That Lives On Man

Natalie Angier, her chapters, "Mating For Life?", "Female Choice: An Eve-olutionary Force," "Parasites and Sex," "Hormones and Hyenas," "Plenty of Fish in the Sea," "The Grand Strategy of Orchids" in The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views On the Nature of Life

[I especially enjoyed her chapters on "Parasites and Sex," "The Grand Strategy of Orchids" (which places their adaptability in evolutionary perspective), and, "Plenty of Fish in the Sea" (on the explosive evolutionary radiation of cichlid fishes). Ms. Angier is a Pulitzer Prize winning author whose previous book was titled, Natural Obsessions.- ED.]

E. T. Babinski, "The Revised Quote Book" article published in Cretinism or Evilution? No.3. Winter/Spring, 1996 (which is available on the web at, includes discussion of the design of the eye, and Darwin's discussion of the "design" question.

M. R. Berenbaum, Ninety-nine Maggots, Mites, and Munchers, and the sequel, Ninety-nine More Maggots, Mites, and Munchers

Howard Bloom, "Mother Nature, The Bloody Bitch" in The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Exploration Into the Forces of History

Chris Colby, Loren Petrich and others, "Evidence for Jury-Rigged Design in Nature," a file available on the TALK.ORIGINS ARCHIVE at

Dangerous Animals (a book that I don't have any additional information about except its ISBN number, 0-7835-4762-5, which is handy if you wish to order it via interlibrary loan)

Dangerous Creatures on CD-ROM (available in Macintosh and Windows versions by calling 1-800-426-9400, Microsoft Corporation) "If you're fascinated by teeth, fangs, stingers, and venoms, Microsoft provides a dose of each, from vampire bats to poisonous jellyfish."

B. Dixon, Power Unseen: How Microbes Rule the World

Eric Elfman, Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting & Totally Repulsive

Adrian Forsyth, A Natural History of Sex

Tijs Goldschmidt, Darwin's Dreampond (discusses the "explosive" evolution of hundreds of new species of cichlid fishes with different body types and behaviors that evolved in just a few million years in lakes in East Africa)

S. J. Gould, "Organic Wisdom, or Why Should a Fly Eat Its Mother from Inside?" in Ever Since Darwin

S. J. Gould, "Nonmoral Nature" in Hen's Teeth and Horses' Toes

S. J. Gould, "Only His Wings Remained" in The Flamingo's Smile

J. K. Hanson and D. Morrison, Of Kinkajous, Capabaras, Horned Beetles, Seladangs, And the Oddest and Most Wonderful Mammals, Insects, Birds, And Plants of Our World

J. K. Hanson, The Beastly Book: 100 of the World's Most Dangerous Creatures

P. J. Hotez and D. I. Pritchard, "Hookworm Infection: It Retards Growth and Intellectual Development In Millions of Children Yet is Largely Ignored by Researchers. New Findings Suggest Excellent Possibilities for a Vaccine" in Scientific American, June 1995

The Race Against Lethal Microbes: Learning to Outwit the Shifty Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasites That Cause Infectious Diseases, a report published Aug. 1996 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 4000 Jones Bridge Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789. A project of the Institute's Office of Communications, Robert A. Potter, director (301) 215-8855

[Wonderfully informative report with color photos of your favorite pathogens! - ED.]

D. Kennedy, Nature's Outcasts: A New Look At Living Things We Love to Hate

R. M. Knutson, Furtive Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures Who Live on You

V. Koman, The Jehovah Contract ("sci-fi" novel dealing with the problem of pain and other problems with Christian beliefs)

W. M. Krogman, "The Scars of Human Evolution," article in Scientific American, 1951 (cited in T. Anders' The Evolution of Evil - but Anders neglected to mention the exact issue in which Krogman's article appeared)

Dietrich Mebs, "The Strategic Use of Venoms and Toxins in Animals," Universitas, No. 3, 1994, pg. 213-222

Dr. A. J. Mattill, Jr., The Seven Mighty Blows to Traditional Beliefs (Which contains some excellent sections on the problems of pain and evil and clumsy design in the cosmos, as well as sections dealing with the errancy of the Bible. Available for $18 from Dr. A. J. Mattill, Jr., The Flat Woods Free Press, Route 2, Box 49, Gordo, Alabama 35466-9516)

Miranda MacQuitty with Laurence Mound, "Staying Alive," "On the Attack," and, "Mating Games" in Megabugs: The Natural History Museum Book of Insects

William H. McNeill, Plagues and People (which includes a chapter on mankind's struggle to no longer be the main course of hungry viruses and bacteria, and the effects of that struggle)

Elaine Morgan, "The Cost of Walking Erect," "The Cost of A Naked Skin," and other chapters in The Scars of Evolution: What Our Bodies Tell Us About Human Origins

J. Morrow, Bible Stories for Adults, 1996 ("Sci-Fi/Fantasy" short stories, one of which retells the Biblical "Flood" account in the form of "Star Trek-like captain's log" entries, and a few other stories that deal with Biblical brutality)

J. Morrow, Blameless in Abaddon, 1996 (novel wherein a justice of the peace decides to prosecute God for crimes against humanity)

"Nightmares of Nature" (a television show that appeared on TBS on Sunday, Oct. 27th, 1996 at 8 P.M. as part of the series, National Geographic Explorer)

Nesse & Williams, "Legacies of Evolutionary History" (how faulty construction of our human bodies highlights our evolutionary past) in Why We Get Sick

A. Nikiforuk, The Fourth Horseman: A Short History of Epidemics, Plagues, Famines and Other Scourges

David Quammen, "Nasty Habits: An African Bedbug Buggers the Proof-by-Design," and, "The Well-Kept Secret of Carnivorous Plants" in The Flight of the Iguana

Trials of Life, 6 tape video series, especially "Hunting and Escaping," and, "Fighting"

Mark Jerome Walters, "The Rise of Conflict," and, "Why Mammals are Unfaithful" in Courtship in the Animal Kingdom [previously published as The Dance of Life]

Barry E. Zimmerman and David J. Zimmerman, "Can We Win the War Against Cancer?", "What is the Most Venomous Animal?", "Viruses - The Dinner Guests That Stayed" in Nothing Can Travel Faster Than Light...And Other Explorations in Nature's Curiosity Shop

Barry E. Zimmerman and David J. Zimmerman, Killer Germs: Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity

Nell Zink, editor of Animal Review #7, Special Parasite Edition, Sept. 1994. Cost: $3.00 Address: 3941 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

H. Zinsser, Rats, Lice and History: Being a Study in Biography, which, after Twelve Preliminary Chapters Indispensable for the Preparation of the Lay Reader, Deals With the Life History of Typhus Fever


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