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Humble Beauty: Design in Rock Thin Sections, and More

David Klinghoffer
Photo: Bronzitite, by Kevin Walsh, via Flickr.

It was great to listen to Casey Luskin talk with ID the Future host Emily Reeves about Casey’s PhD research in geology and how aspects of his field support arguments for intelligent design. Of course geology is fascinating in its own right, apart from the design question. He mentions something that may not be a familiar: what you see by slicing very thin sections of rock, thin enough to put on a microscope slide. The beauty, as Casey mentions, is remarkable. Above is an example (bronzitite) that would not look out of place if hung in a gallery of modern art. Dr. Luskin concedes that this is not a rigorous argument for intelligent design, but it is quite suggestive. And just imagine — in something as humble as a rock. Could, in fact, anything be humbler, more readily scorned until you look a little closer? Download the podcast or listen to it here.

Casey Luskin’s new book is The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith: Exploring the Ultimate Questions About Life and the Cosmos, out next week, October 5. Biologist Ann Gauger calls it a “rigorous and thorough defense of intelligent design.” Also check out his excellent new 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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