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This is an idea I came up with recently for what ought to be on the cover of *EWilloughby's, ~keesey's and my evolution book. The cover probably won't look exactly like this, because I imagine that the publisher will have their own expectations about what the cover should be like, but I think it'll be useful for me to have something to show them about what I have in mind.

The background image here is a public domain image of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which is a chapter in the book of Isaiah if you know how to read Hebrew. The two foreground images represent William Beebe's 1915 Tetrapteryx prediction, which was fulfilled in 2003 by the discovery of Microraptor gui.

I guess maybe most of my watchers hadn't been aware before now what our book is probably going to be called. The title is a reference to exhibits in the Creation Museum like this one, which claim that "God's Word" and "Human Reason" are in contradiction, and part of the point of the book will be to show that they don't have to be. I always find it amusing when books are named after the concepts they're intended to disprove, such as Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate, Arthur Jensen's book Bias in Mental Testing, and Kenneth Miller's book Only a Theory.

The part of this image that took the longest by far was creating the Tetrapteryx and Microraptor images in Adobe Illustrator. I was originally intending them to be part of the logo for the website to go along with the book, but I think it's probably better to use something a less detailed for that.
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12monkehs Featured By Owner Edited May 29, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
What people don't understand is that evolution can be disproved by these simple steps. 

1. Take a shoe.

2. Throw it in the air.

3. Watch as the shoe falls on it's side.

This is a proof that evolution is just a religion because I said so.
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KraftySpaghetti Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
For the your sake, I hope you're right.
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grisador Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
On creationism? This book must has jokes in it :)
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WintersEdge7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
:-)
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Is this insider perspective a creationist's perspective on creationism, or a reasonable, normal person's perspective on creationism?
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Good idea. Another one could have been showing the crocoduck and sinornithosaurus.
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I don't think the crocoduck has much in common with Sinornithosaurus, or with Beebe's prediction. The crocoduck is what creationists think evolution would predict, based on an inaccurate understanding of it, and it doesn't much resemble anything in the real world. On the other hand in Beebe's case, the reason he was able to illustrate something so close to what actually existed is because he had such an extensive understanding of evolution and bird anatomy.
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
You gave me an idea. But my knowlegde of extinct species is barely more than laymen standard so I don't know whether something like that existed. Did anyone ever draw a similarly transitional form between fish and amphibian before fish like Eusthenopteron or much later Tictalic were discovered?
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gwennie-chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Should be titled "God's" Word. Also the deity should be specified. Nonetheless to put religion against science is idiocy. Science has surpassed religion by leaps and bounds.
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DeltaUSA Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
the Bible and science go together very nicely, so such accusations are kinda off. :D
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gwennie-chan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah come back when you have developed intellectual capacity, reason, and a good knowledge base. Because to say that is beyond idiotic.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
The book is meant as an attack on creationism, not on Christianity. No creationist was ever convinced of the truth of evolution by having their religion shamed.
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gwennie-chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I tend to agree, but then again how else? Most of them are beyond reason.
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Cousture Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
You write: " which claim that "God's Word" and "Human Reason" are in contradiction, and part of the point of the book will be to show that they don't have to be."

So if I understand well, your goal is to show that there are no contradictions between creationism and science, is that it?
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
If that's what you think it means, you evidently don't know very much about me. What I meant is that the Bible can be interpreted in a way that's compatible with evolution.
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Cousture Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I confess I know absolutely nothing about you or your book project, but I amk curious which is why I am enquiring. I would be interested in learning more, if you're in the mood to chat.

For example, I'm trying to understand your motivation here. Who are you writing for? Is your book for Christians who think evolution isn't true?
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Yeah, it's mostly intended for people who are familiar with the Creation Museum, and who might be convinced by its arguments. The creationist arguments discussed in greatest depth are those used by the organization that runs it, Answers in Genesis. The Creation Museum has a lot of flashy exhibits with things like animatronic dinosaur models, and one of the reasons Emily has been doing her feathered dinosaur illustrations for this project is so our book can have something that's visually attractive the same way.
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Cousture Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Interesting endeavour. I have heard of this museum (with utter dimay, I might add).

On the one hand, if your project wants to expose the lies this museum promotes, I'm all for that.

But on the other hand, if you want to inform people about the process of evolution and natural selection, I'm not sure I see the interest in discussing the Bible at all (I would argue that ancient litterature has nothing to do with the basic laws of natural sciences). Although, I suppose it might be necessary if your goal is to reach the people who visit that museum in the first place. I guess they would not read a purely scientific book. Which is kind of depressing, isn't it?

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to tell me more about your project.
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
It looks like you've figured out why I think it's best for the book to discuss theology also. Based on my experience with creationists, not many of them are receptive to purely scientific arguments, because they frequently have the view that one can't be a Christian without being a creationist. It tends to make much more of a difference if you can explain how it's possible for them to accept evolution without having to abandon their religion. I explained this in a little more detail here. The Bible actually has a good analogy for this principle, when Paul is preaching to the Romans on Mars Hill.
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Cousture Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I understand what you're trying to do with this and although I am personnally allergic to the mixing of science with superstition, if it means getting through to some people and exposing them to some actual facts for a change, then it it is a worthy endeavor. Good luck with your project!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful! I'd love to buy the book!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love it!
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Really nice concept!
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