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Spotted — Papilio polyxenes

Paul Nelson

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Somehow this handsome fellow found his way into my office (he’s perching on a plant in the corner). It’s a mystery, because my office windows were closed. He MAY have come in as a chrysalis on a vine I’m nursing back to health, which I retrieved from the backyard. Male black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.

Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Paul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.

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