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James Tour Responds to Critics of Dallas Lecture

John G. West
Photo: Professor James Tour speaking on “The Mystery of the Origin of Life,” Dallas Conference on Science & Faith.

In January, Professor James Tour of Rice University delivered a terrific lecture on “The Mystery of the Origin of Life” at a Dallas conference organized by Discovery Institute. The lecture hit a nerve, already attracting 74,000+ views on YouTube. It also provoked a firestorm, with various people claiming that Tour got his facts wrong or was even “lying” to the audience. I invited Tour to respond to his critics, and he has now posted his letter to me on his website. The letter is well worth a read for anyone interested in the continuing scientific debate over the origin of the first life. I will be publishing a more detailed article about this controversy later today, but I wanted to highlight Tour’s response to critics as soon as it became available.

Photo: James Tour speaking at the 2019 Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, via Discovery Institute.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

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