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For Failing to Have a Considered Opinion on Intelligent Design, the Technical Literature Is No Longer an Excuse

The daunting details of technical literature on evolutionary biology function as a shield for evolution theory against scrutiny. An achievement of Doug Axe’s new book Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed is to lower that shield and permit thoughtful readers of all backgrounds to evaluate the merit of our near-universal intuition that life is designed.

In a brief video conversation, Dr. Axe explains that his purpose in writing the book was to use his own training as a scientist to answer those like “Science Guy” Bill Nye who, without equivalent training and without having given the needed study to the subject, deny the design intuition.

That technical literature also serves as an excuse for the complacent. “‘The needed study’ = graduate-level work in evolutionary science,” as Kevin Williamson put it to me a while back. “I don’t know the first damned thing about it.” With the publication of Undeniable, that excuse looks even more unsatisfactory than it did before.

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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.