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Chapter 17: Does biology need evolution?
On pages 308-9 of The Greatest Hoax on Earth  Sarfati quotes three academics he claims have recently questioned the usefulness of evolution to biology. The first is geneticist A S Wilkins, who was editor of the journal BioEssays from 1990 to 2008.  Sarfati ...

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Chapter 17: James Hannan
On pages 307-8 of The Greatest Hoax on Earth , Sarfati quotes from James Hannan's great book God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science   to support the claim that much successful science occurred through history befor...

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Chapter 16: Chesterton
Chapter 16 of The Greatest Hoax on Earth is a series of fragmented arguments in which Sarfati attempts to show that the Christian doctrine of the Fall (interpreted through a narrow young-Earth creationist filter) better explains suffering, death and disease...

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Chapter 14: Hind legs in whales
Anyone following this blog will have noticed the posts are becoming fewer and farther between.  That's because the parts of  The Greatest Hoax on Earth that I took the time to look at in detail were chapters 10 and 11 (see my posts from back in November and...

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Chapter 14: Kakapos (and how recent is recent?)
On pages 344-5 of The Greatest Show on Earth , Dawkins makes a passing reference to New Zealand's flightless birds. Moas lost their wings entirely. Their home country of New Zealand, by the way, has more than its fair share of flightless birds, probably bec...

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Chapter 13: 'Simplest Possible Life?'
The following elaborates on a post made by the Amazon user 'stickler', which you can see here . Chapter 13 of The Greatest Hoax on Earth  addresses the origins of life on Earth.  On pages 224-8 Sarfati discusses the complexity of cells and contends that cel...

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Chapter 12: Ocean Salinity
On pages 215-18 of The Greatest Hoax on Earth, Sarfati gives a relatively lengthy discussion of the salt in the Earth's oceans as something that proves the Earth must be thousands, not billions, of years old. Here's a link to a paper titled 'Ocean Salinity ...

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One-Sided Information (mostly chapter 12)
One error made in The Greatest Hoax on Earth  is what Christian astronomer Matthew Tiscareno has termed the 'one-sided equation fallacy': A large class of "evidences" presented by young-Earth advocates involve measuring rates of various Earth processes, the...

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Chapter 11: Varves
On pages 198-9 of the The Greatest Hoax on Earth Sarfati discusses varves . This post summarises a 2012 blog entry by Christian biologist Joel Duff: 'Lake Suigetsu and the 60,000 Year Varve Chronology'  [ footnote 1], as well as drawing on information from ...
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