Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science

  title={Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science},
  author={E. Sober},
Preface 1. Evidence 2. Intelligent design 3. Natural selection 4. Common ancestry Conclusion References Index. 

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