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If Alfred Russel Wallace Were Alive Today

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Image: Alfred Russel Wallace, plaster relief by A. Bruce-Joy, via Wikimedia Commons.

Historian of science Michael Flannery talked with host Umar Nasser for Rational Religion. Watch it below. Their subject: the fascinating question, among others, of what Darwin’s colleague Alfred Russel Wallace would say today about the theory of intelligent design as a competitor to Darwinian evolution. Says our colleague Professor Flannery, “I have little doubt that if Wallace were alive today he would be an ID theorist of the first order.”

Do you doubt that? I don’t. Wallace’s birthday is this coming Friday, January 8. We’ll be celebrating with a special Zoom discussion between Flannery and Discovery Institute Vice President John West, from 6 to 7 pm Pacific time. Find more information and a link to register by going here. Flannery’s latest book is Intelligent Evolution: How Alfred Russel Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism (2020).

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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