The Universe - Solved (recommendation?)

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    Anybody read Jim Elvidge's book "The Universe - Solved"? If so, do you recommend it? Thanks.
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    Mar 30, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    Elvidge creates an intriguing and thought provoking narrative. In the book, he takes the general idea of The Matrix and expands on it in several directions. The problem is Elvidge selectively interprets much of his evidence to fit his assertion. The book is not rooted strongly in science, despite the outward appearance of the information. It is interesting in that he cunningly weaves his evidence into an intriguing conspiracy.

    For example, Elvidge uses Sir Fred Hoyle's famous Boeing 747 probability quote but fails to mention that using it in the context of complex evolution is a reach, if not a downright misuse. Of course, randomly moving living parts until you come out with an elephant are slim, much like assembling a Boeing 747 out of scrap by moving parts around haphazardly. Of course, natural selection is not a process of chance. It is, of course, a long drawn out sequence of natural, but non-random events. The comparison of the two is a non sequitur. This is not terribly surprising as Mr. Elvidge is an electrical engineer, not an evolutionary scientist - though I would not have expected a man of his intellectual capacity to commit a mild form of intellectual treason with his spurious assumptions. While Elvidge may not have created a terribly accurate and scientific work, the book remains interesting to those interested by the thought of his speculation and arguments. Try it out.
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    Mar 30, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    Thanks for your comments. I ordered a copy.