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Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life

If you happen to be passing through Kuching, Sarawak State, Malaysia on November 7-8, swing by the Riverside Majestic Hotel for the 2nd International Alfred Russel Wallace Conference where Center for Science & Culture fellow Michael Flannery will be presenting. Professor Flannery’s theme: “Alfred Russel Wallace, Nature’s Prophet: From Natural Selection to Natural Theology.” More information on the conference is here.
If your travels take you elsewhere or if you’re not traveling at all, check out a new brief documentary, “A Rediscovered Life,” that we’re releasing in advance of the 100th anniversary of Wallace’s death, tomorrow, November 7.
Mike Flannery has done as much as any scholar to help rediscover Wallace’s life — quite as interesting and dramatic as Darwin’s –and his scientific legacy and defection from Darwinism in favor of what Flannery calls “intelligent evolution,” a proto-intelligent design view.
Most people including intellectuals tend to embrace the views on science or whatever that are expected of us given the political, social, or other associations we enter into. In other words, we think in terms of personal identity rather than ideas, which is not really thinking at all. Wallace was different. A reflection I take away from “A Rediscovered Life” is that much more than most folks I’ve known he arrived at positions, on science and politics, without much regard for what he was “supposed” to think.
That’s how he came to the break with Darwin and with the rest of Darwin’s court, despite being the co-discoverer of the “Darwinian” theory of evolution by natural selection. Scientist, socialist and genuine free thinker, a strikingly rare and powerful example of intellectual integrity, his life is not only a historical and scientific lesson but an important personal one.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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