Video: Stephen Meyer Reflects on the Debate with Charles Marshall

David Klinghoffer

Stephen Meyer’s debate with UC Berkeley paleontologist Charles Marshall back in November was unusual and valuable in several different ways. You may remember that Dr. Marshall had reviewed Dr. Meyer’s book, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, critically but respectfully in the pages of Science. The encounter on British radio stood out for its graciousness and substance. Its length too — it runs to an hour and half.

In a video conversation above, Meyer reflects on the Marshall debate. He explains how Marshall’s defense of Darwinian theory on the original of animal life involved a persistent pushing back of the Cambrian enigma into the mists of pre-Cambrian history, something that may seem superficially to deflect Meyer’s challenge but in reality does nothing of the sort.

You’ll find the debate itself easily accessible here.

It’s not easy to persuade a leading Darwinian scientist to let you argue with him, in real time. Normally, they won’t allow anyone who isn’t an ally, or otherwise known to be harmless, to question them deeply. When they do, as here, the results are telling.

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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