Ray Comfort's 'Origin Of Species' Confuses Amazon but you can Help!

Please check out the video and then go to amazon and click on help and click on contact and send them an email with the attached long or short version.

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Go here to contact Amazon.com via email:

I wish to bring an urgent matter to your attention. The "Origin of Species" with a foreword by Ray Comfort (ISBN-13: 978-0882709192) is sharing ratings with the more popular and legitimate version. Please correct this as soon as possible and save the internet from Ray Comfort's creationist propaganda. Thank you for your attention.
- (your username or name here)


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To whom it may concern: The Ray Comfort edition of “Origin of Species” is not, in any way, related to the 150th anniversary edition of “Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin. It is a book with a 50 page foreword that is a direct attack, without supporting evidence, on Darwin and evolution. It promotes anti-intellectualism and is an attempt to dissuade the reader for taking any of the contents of “Origin of Species” as serious science. Ray Comfort paints Darwin with a broad brush claiming many things such as that he is racist, misogynistic, and that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and “Darwinism” is responsible for the holocaust during World War II, the untold deaths under Stalin in the USSR, and the atrocities of the Chinese government under Mao Zedong.
I understand that you cross reference some books for consumer convenience, however this book is NOT one that should be sharing ratings with the other versions of the book which are actually about “Origin of Species” and science. With a cursory review of the comments and ratings you can see that the rating is being dramatically damaged by this relationship. This is having an overall negative effect on the rating system and reflects poorly on amazon.com. I use the rating system to determine the quality of a book, and in this case, the negative ratings are significantly impacting the buying decisions of many people.

The rating system aside. If you search for the correct version of the 150th anniversary edition with a foreword by Huxley, you can’t find it. At least not simply. The Ray Comfort version is sold out and hiding the real version which is available. I feel this is an issue that should be resolved with utmost haste.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I sincerely hope you are able to take decisive action regarding this. Amazon.com is a terrific resource and I would hate to see this mark against it stand.

The offending volume’s ISBN:
ISBN-10: 0882709194
ISBN-13: 978-0882709192


Morgan Matthew


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Again, THANK YOU for your support on this matter!

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Was about to email, but checked Amazon and it appears this issue has been fixed.
Looks that way :] The only problem I see now is that the real 150 year version is still no place to be found on the home page of the search "Origin of Species"
Hey Jen! Thanks for spearheading them even more! BTW this is what I found out via the reviews of what Comfort took out:

Comfort has also seems to have edited out a few inconvenient chapters: 9: On the Imperfection of the Geological Record 11: Geographical Distribution
12: Geographical Distribution - continued
13: Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology: Embryology: Rudimentary Organs

And of course he altered the chapter numbers to adjust for the missing sections.

This is fairly typical of Comfort. At one time he engaged in a "Creation vs. Evolution" debate promising that he would win the debate without citing the Bible. He broke his own promise within the first few minutes of his time, and had the gall to crow about winning the debate afterward.

Thanks everyone for putting your time and effort into this matter! I really do appreciate it!
Happy to say I got an email from Amazon this morning saying they've fixed the problem! W00t!

So if you look at Comfort's misleading edition:


You'll see it's now getting a one star rating and is no longer affecting the proper editions' ratings.
First - thanks to everyone for the due diligence because Origin deserves the respect. Before I loose much sleep I would consider:

1) there is a small chance that Origin, corrupted or otherwise, is the ONLY text for a searcher.
2) there is a vanishingly small chance that it is the LAST source of evolutionary literacy for a serious seeker.
2) some fraction of the crank brigade will end up with the REAL Origin and a larger fraction of the general public will order the RIGHT Origin.
3) when faced with the obvious FAIL in the Comfort polemic...
4) more people get exposed to science.

I'm just sayin.

Analysis and Synopsis of Ray Comfort's introduction. It's chock full of quotes and then their debunking. The NCSE also mentions other misgivings, such as using someone else's words but then not attributing it to the original author. What a lovely character!

Thanks National Center for Science Education!
Wow ! Thanks Morgan for your attention to this matter. I understand that Amazon has resolved this hijacking of Darwin's classsic. Good work and Thank You and Thank Amazon, considering that they have "un-hijacked" the work. Rob

Good catch - I wouldn't have thought to check associations among recommendation systems. Aren't these automated though? I was under the impression that an algorithm compares the description data, reviews, and viewing patterns to automatically generate associations. I guess though that they'd have the ability to override these recommendations. At any rate, good work!


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