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Watch: Bechly and Swamidass Debate Intelligent Design

Photo source: YouTube (screen shot).

Radio and podcast host Justin Brierley had an inspired idea to match our paleontologist colleague Günter Bechly for a debate about intelligent design with Washington University computational biologist Joshua Swamidass. It’s a very interesting, illuminating, and entertaining conversation. I won’t offer an assessment beyond that because I really want you to watch the whole thing. One highlight, though, is Dr. Bechly’s summation near the beginning of his scientific reasons for affirming intelligent design. This “cumulative” case, as Bechly puts it, produces the response from Brierley: “Wow.” Bechly appears to be having a delightful time and I trust the same was true of Dr. Swamidass. It’s below on YouTube, or you can find it as a podcast at the Unbelievable? website.

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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