What happens when an up-and-coming European bioscientist flips from Darwin disciple to Darwin defector, builds a highly successful scientific career, and then writes a book about it?
In its first week, Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design jumped into the top 25 Amazon books about evolution, and into the #1 spot for a New Release in Evolution.
The early feedback has been strong, too. “Leisola and Witt’s Heretic is a unique first-hand account of the life-long adventures of a scientist who dared to challenge philosophical principles of colleague scientists,” writes PhD biochemist and inventor Branko Kozulić.
Another European researcher, University of Jyväskylä’s Tapio Puolimatka, described Heretic as “an exciting story about how a scientist’s relentless search for truth makes him a heretic in the eyes of a cultural community more concerned about prestige than principle.”
And Dr. Erick J. Vandamme, Emeritus Professor of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium, called the book “a personal, strong, and motivated plea for intelligent design,” one that “inspires readers to think critically and to open up a civilized discussion on neo-Darwinism versus ID.”
That, by the way, is from a highly distinguished European scientist situated outside the ID camp.
There is also early feedback from two intelligent design proponents whose names you may recognize.
Geneticist and ID author Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, a former research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Köln, Germany, notes how the book draws on Leisola’s forty-year career as a scientist. It does so to enrich the book’s arguments for intelligent design, but also, as Lönnig emphasizes, to tell “the exciting story of almost the entire spectrum of aberrant motives, absurd fears, and unreasonable reactions to intelligent design (ID) by evolutionary scientists, clergymen, and church institutions alike.”
And this from Zombie Science author and biologist Jonathan Wells:
Award-winning Finnish biotechnologist Matti Leisola has written a fascinating account of what happens when a scientist follows the evidence wherever it leads,” wrote “Leisola’s account of how he succeeded should inspire up-and-coming scientists who face the same challenge.
Go here to learn more about Heretic, and to purchase the book.
Photo, lower right: Matti Leisola.