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Behe’s Darwin Devolves: Deep and Broad Implications for Biology

Paul Nelson

Darwin Devolves

A few days ago, UPS delivered the bound galleys of Mike Behe’s new book, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution (DD). Since then, I’ve put aside all my other “fun” reading (meaning, I’m reading this because I WANT TO, not for the job). Unlike my wife Suzanne, who binge-reads books straight through at a breakneck pace, long after I’ve fallen asleep next to her, I take books slowly, like fine wine. Chianti, actually, my favorite red.

This new book develops a thesis Mike first laid out in 2010, in an article for The Quarterly Review of Biology. Here’s the thesis, “The First Rule of Adaptive Evolution”: Break or blunt any functional gene whose loss would increase the number of offspring.

Turns out this thesis has deep and broad implications for how we understand biology, which Mike develops in DD. Thus far, DD shows all the aspects of Mike’s writing that I first met in 1995, when reading the chapter drafts of Darwin’s Black Box: humor, insight, clarity, biological knowledge.

Spread the word. You can preorder DD here and help the book to move the ball in the ID debate, and to advance biological understanding as it does.

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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