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Does Donald Prothero Know Intelligent Design Arguments Better than Steve Meyer?

Casey Luskin

You can often tell who won a debate by the plausibility of an account. In that regard, Donald Prothero made many dubious claims about his debate yesterday with Michael Shermer against Steve Meyer and Richard Sternberg. Let’s hone in on a couple short comments. Prothero writes:

“I know I caught [Meyer] off-guard, since I have degrees in both biology and geology, and know most of their arguments better than they do.”

Prothero later felt it was appropriate to boast about his following question:

“I asked Meyer if he needed the ‘Designer’ to make every glop of mud.”

Of course anyone with a cursory knowledge of ID would be aware that ID fully allows for the action of natural processes, and design is only invoked when we find tell-tale signs of intelligent action, such as high levels of complex and specified information. Needless to say, the weathering of rocks and minerals into mud is not an example of design.

If Prothero does know ID arguments better than we do, he’s doing a magnificent job of hiding that fact.


Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.



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