ID the Future Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Science Podcast

Chance Encounter: Denyse O’Leary and By Design or By Chance

Denyse O'Leary
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In this episode of ID The Future, CSC’s Casey Luskin interviews journalist and author Denyse O’Leary about the Darwin-ID debate, her writing career, and her book By Design or By Chance?: The Growing Controversy on the Origins of Life in the Universe. O’Leary describes how David Berlinski’s 1996 piece The Deniable Darwin first introduced her to the dispute between intelligent design and Darwinian evolution. Her subsequent research and writing on this topic eventually led to her 2004 book By Design or By Chance, which presents an unbiased and journalistic view of the controversy. O’Leary concludes with a discussion about other facets of her career, including the nature of her research and the criticism she has received as a journalist writing about intelligent design. Stay tuned to ID The Future for more interviews with Denyse O’Leary.

About Denyse O’Leary

Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist who has written on science-related topics for many years. Based in Toronto, O’Leary has written a number of books in addition to By Design or By Chance? including the award-winning Faith@Science: Why Science Needs Faith in the Twenty-First Century, and her forthcoming book The Spiritual Brain. She also contributes to a number of blogs including Uncommon Descent, which focuses on intelligent design.

Denyse O'Leary

Denyse O'Leary is a freelance journalist based in Victoria, Canada. Specializing in faith and science issues, she has published two books on the topic: Faith@Science and By Design or by Chance? She has written for publications such as The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, and Canadian Living. She is co-author, with neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, of The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul. She received her degree in honors English language and literature.