Alfred Russel Wallace reasoned his way to affirmation of an “Overruling Intelligence” — intelligent design by another name — at work in the long history of life.
Whether the subject is evolution or climate change, the purpose of accusing someone of “science-denial” is to keep that person in line.
Wallace was the co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution by natural selection. He later broke with Darwin over the question of teleology.
ID is a rival theory, a scientific theory, doing the normal work that scientific ideas must do to supplant a currently dominant idea.
Despite the notoriety of Wallace in his own day, he remains a comparatively obscure figure in the history of biology.