CA52 Darwin Devolves: Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design (pt. I)

Michael Behe recently published his latest case against naturalistic evolution and in favor of intelligent design: Darwin Devolves. Behe also authored Darwin’s Black Box, a creationist favorite, coined the term “irreducible complexity,” and was a key part of the famous Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in Pennsylvania. He’s also a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a conservative think-tank that engineered the “Teach the Controversy” campaign aimed at smuggling creationism into biology education.

In his latest book, he argues that natural selection causes “devolution,” not evolution; and that random mutations will almost never “build or create anything at the genetic level.” Natural processes are unable, he argues, to generate the adaptive gains of genetic function that would be required to explain macroevolution or the biological complexity we observe.

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Michael Behe and Eric Metaxes – Darwin Devolves [YouTube]

Michael Behe – Darwin Devolves Summary [YouTube]

All of Behe’s Responses to Criticism [DarwinDevolves]

Richard Lenski – Does Behe’s “First Rule” Really Show That Evolutionary Biology has a Big Problem? [TelliamedRevisited]

Richard Lenski – On Damaged Genes and Polar Bears[TelliamedRevisited]

Jerry Coyne – Intelligent Design Gets Even Dumber [WaPo]

Nathan Lents – Behe’s Last Stand [Skeptic]

Nathan Lents et al. Criticize Darwin Devolves [ScienceMag]

Behe Summarizes “Central argument of the book” [EvolutionNews]

Jerry Coyne Responds to Behe’s EN Post [Whyevolutionistrue]

Behe’s Colleagues Criticize Darwin Devolves – Gregory Lang, Amber Rice [Wiley Online Library]

Behe’s 2010 Paper [Quarterly Review of Biology]

Jerry Coyne’s Response to Behe’s 2010 Paper [Whyevolutionistrue]

Darwin Devolves – Michael Behe [Amazon]