John Stonestreet interviews Dr. Stephen Meyer on Darwin’s Doubt
By Shane Morris
You hear it over and over again in schools and colleges, on TV and in other media: “Darwinism and evolution are proven scientific facts!” But the real facts suggest otherwise. During this week’s broadcast, BreakPoint host John Stonestreet welcomes The Discovery Institute’s Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of “Signature in the Cell,” and “Darwin’s Doubt,” to discuss how all life bears the unmistakable fingerprints of God.
Dr. Meyer, who holds a Ph.D in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, directs the Center for Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. His books, “Signature in the Cell” (which was named a Times Literary Supplement of the Year), and “Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design,” have set new landmarks in the historic Intelligent Design movement.
As one of the band of intrepid scientists and philosophers leading this counter-establishment effort, Meyer hopes to persuade the public and the scientific community to reexamine long unchallenged tenets of Darwinian orthodoxy—tenets which he and his colleagues believe good research simply does not support.
Meyer is no opponent of Darwin’s observations as a whole. But he does believe that Neo-Darwinism—the theory’s modern iteration, along with the naturalistic assumptions it demands—fail profoundly to explain the origins and diversity of life on our planet.
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“The Neo-Darwinian story about how new forms of life and how the appearance of design arose is a strictly materialistic or naturalistic one,” he says. “Our mission [at The Discovery Institute] is to challenge this worldview of scientific materialism… If you actually look at the science without the filter of a precommitment to a naturalistic or materialistic worldview, the science looks very different. It’s pointing in a very different direction, in particular in biology and in physics and cosmology, it’s pointing to the existence of a…designing mind.”
In an effort to focus the origins debate on what he sees as the two fundamental failings of Neo-Darwinian theory, Meyer uses his books to launch a full-throated critique of the supposed inception and mechanism of biological evolution.
“‘Signature’ addressed the question of the origin of the first life, a question which Darwin didn’t address,” says Meyer. He notes how ironic it is that Neo-Darwinism—a theory concocted to explain the origin of life—must first assume the very thing it seeks to explain.
“Theories which try to account for life from non-life…have utterly failed to account for even the simplest features of the crudest living cells, and that fact is almost universally-acknowledged within evolutionary biology.”
In “Darwin’s Doubt,” Meyer takes his critique a step further, arguing that even if one assumes that life arose from non-life by purely material means, the Neo-Darwinian mechanism of natural selection acting on random mutations still can’t account for explosions in the diversity of life we find in the fossil record…
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