How did life begin? WHEN did life begin? So many questions…and just as many answers. Joining our ‘professional skeptic’ Nathan Evans on this evolving episode of the Popzara Podcast is Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, to discuss his latest book theorizing what mainstream evolutionary theory gets wrong and how Darwinism fails to explain how life itself was created: Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution.
Is Intelligent Design really just repackaged, science-friendly Creationism? Those unfamiliar with Professor Behe’s research on Darwinism might be surprised at his conclusions, which have made him a near-pariah within mainstream academia and with evolution advocates like Richard Dawkins. There’s actually a system of “devolution” at work, argues Professor Behe, in which complex systems within cells break down in order to create entirely new systems.
Also discussed are the overuse of the word “evolution” itself, the continuing controversies of unpopular science, disappointing revelations with early paleontology, “irreducible complexity” in complex biological systems, the growing influence of ‘science popularizers’ like Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the surprising contradictions of teleological influences in nature, the eternal wisdom of Calvin ‘n Hobbes, and much more.
Regardless where you fall on the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debate, sit back and enjoy an agenda-free discussion about how the search – and research – for answers should be more important than the search for consensus.