The popular picture of Charles Darwin casts him as the assiduous, objective gatherer of scientific data, only reluctantly reaching the conclusion he did.
Theistic evolutionary thinking is designed to reconcile religious believers to the denial of their own common sense.
Shermer’s term “Intelligent Design creationism” signals his own misjudgment in the matter, namely, that ID is creationism.
The reason scientists do not take seriously the claims of Intelligent Design theorists today is the same reason that scientists did not take seriously Wallace’s speculations about an “overarching intelligence.”
The authors of a recent paper discuss their results in terms of the origin of multicellularity on earth.