Improbable Planet

Improbable Planet

How Earth Became Humanity's Home

Book - 2016
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"Most of us remember the basics from science classes about how Earth came to be the only known planet that sustains complex life. But what most people don't know is that the more thoroughly researchers investigate the history of our planet, the more astonishing the story of our existence becomes. The number and complexity of the astronomical, geological, chemical, and biological features recognized as essential to human existence have expanded explosively within the past decade. An understanding of what is required to make possible a large human population and advanced civilizations has raised profound questions about life, our purpose, and our destiny. This fascinating book helps nonscientists understand the countless miracles that undergird the exquisitely fine-tuned planet we call home--as if Someone had us in mind all along."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780801016899
Branch Call Number: 231.765 ROSS
Characteristics: 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 10, 2018

“Improbable Planet” is jam-packed with old fashion commonsense of the formation of Earth. Again another book that jumped off the self at me with the subject matter (Science & Space) I enjoy reading. This book is hard to put down because Dr. Ross keeps the subjects moving. I must give a, WARNING: the jargon in this book is like when you’re a collage freshman and the upper-level (300-400) class is what you need before the Professor retires. A little understanding of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics would be helpful but not necessary. The challenge is worth the time and effort to gain knowledge of our place in the Milky Way Galaxy. A Spiritual Cosmos is the question of wonder.

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Feb 13, 2017

He draws you in with science, but then it's a bunch of religion. No one should read this book.

Nov 08, 2016

If things were different, they would not be the same ..... brilliant:
“Let’s pick on an Old Earth Creationist”
by PZ Myers, posted April 20, 2010, at Pharyngula, Science Blogs
earning #339 in the Encyclopedia of America Loons
“Hugh Ross: Creationist Oddity”
by The Sensuous Curmudgeon, posted February 27, 2009
the Hugh Ross entry in RationalWiki
Hugh Norman Ross (born 1945) is a Canadian astrophysicist and Christian old-earth creationist. He has a B.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in astronomy, and is the owner and president of Reasons To Believe, a Christian think-tank that advocates progressive creationism. ... Ross defends progressive creationism, the view that although the earth is billions of years old, life did not appear by natural evolution. Instead, a supernatural God formed different lifeforms in progressive stages. ... Ross rejects macroevolution, claiming that evolution is impossible in anything but bacteria. So how does Ross explain the transitional fossils for large animals? “God loves horses and whales. He knows because of their huge size and small populations that they will go extinct rapidly. When they do, he makes new ones.” That, apparently, is a testable hypothesis supposed to back up his replacement of the theory of evolution.
He is known for establishing his own ministry called Reasons To Believe that uses scientific evidence to argue for the truth of Christianity.[2] It promotes progressive and day-age forms of Old Earth Creationism. Ross accepts the scientific consensus on an old age of the earth and an old age of the universe, though he rejects the scientific consensus on evolution and abiogenesis as explanations for the history and origin of life.

Oct 31, 2016

Religious mumbojumbo. Don't read if you're looking for a serious discussion on the history of the planet. You'll only get disgusted.


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