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Evolution Under the Microscope: A Scientific Critique of the Theory of Evolution

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Evolution Under the Microscope: A Scientific Critique of the Theory of Evolution is an intelligent design book written by British environmental scientist David Swift, it was published by Leighton Academic Press in 2002.


The book claims to have no political or religious agenda and to be a critique of Darwinian evolution independent of the American ID movement. The main argument of the book is that research in biochemistry has revealed complexity at the molecular level, posing fundamental challenges to the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution.[1] The book accepts natural selection and the scientific age of the earth.[2]

Leighton Academic Press[edit]

The book was published by Leighton Academic Press owned by Swift who has written:

Leighton Academic Press was set up to publish Evolution under the microscope. This is an exclusively scientific, not religious, critique of the theory of evolution. It is a sad reflection of the academic publishing world that, despite the excellent quality of the scientific arguments presented in this book - which have not been refuted in the several years since publication - none of the many academic publishers who were approached was willing to publish it.[3]


Swift is well educated in his own field as he obtained an MSc in Water Resources Technology from the University of Birmingham, but is not qualified in biology or biochemistry, which are the main topics of his book. The book has not been reviewed by the scientific community; however, Swift has published other articles on intelligent design which have been accused of using creationist arguments and misunderstanding biology.[4]

Creationists have supported the book and are even selling it on their own Christian websites,[5] which doesn't bode well for the book's "non-religious" line.

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