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See It: Axe, Behe, Miller in São Paulo for the Launch of Discovery-Mackenzie

David Klinghoffer

Discovery Institute

Wow, our colleagues from Brazil are brimming with energy. Following on the heels of Marcos Eberlin’s combined radio and video debate on intelligent design (noted here yesterday), they now send along a full YouTube playlist of the proceedings from the launch of Discovery Institute-Mackenzie. The new research center at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo welcomed Douglas Axe, Brian Miller, and Michael Behe to reflect on the science of ID.

In these videos, Dr. Axe discusses the challenge to Darwinian theory from protein evolution, Dr. Miller gives an overview of the case for design in nature, Dr. Behe defines the “edge of evolution,” and more. Apart from individual presentation by these speakers and others by some of their Brazilian counterparts (Marcos Eberlin, Enézio Almeida, Douglas Aleodin), you can watch the cerimônia de lançamento (launch ceremony) and a concluding mesa redonda (round table).

The round table includes on-the-spot translation from English to Portuguese and back again. There’s an interesting moment when Doug Axe responds to a questioner and touches on the enigma of ORfan genes, a term that, as he has to explain through the translator, is a play on the English word “orphan.” The Portuguese, as Google Translate informs me, is órfão – which almost works but not exactly.

The discussions in Portuguese don’t yet include subtitles, but knowing our friends at Discovery- Mackenzie, I would guess that is only a matter of time, and not much of it.

Photo: Douglas Axe and Marcos Eberlin participate in a mesa redonda, via TV Mackenzie.

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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Brian MillerDiscovery-MackenzieDouglas AleodinDouglas AxeEnézio AlmeidaMackenzie Presbyterian UniversityMarcos EberlinMichael BeheORfan genes