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ID the Future Intelligent Design, Evolution, and Science Podcast

Intelligent Evolution and Darwin’s Rival

Casey Luskin
Michael Flannery
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On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin talks with historian Michael Flannery for the third installment of this series on Alfred Russell Wallace and Flannery’s new book, Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism.

Wallace lived a century ago — how is it fair to call Wallace a seminal figure for intelligent design? Listen in as Michael Flannery explains that while we cannot judge Wallace by the standards of today, we should view him as a man who took the latest ideas of science and drew “one fundamental conclusion: that certain features of the universe and of living thing are best explained by an intelligent cause and that an undirected natural selection was inadequate explanation for many key aspects of biological life.”

Flannery also discusses how Wallace most closely resembles ID theorist Michael Behe in his acceptance of common descent and skepticism that the Darwinian mechanisms of chance and utility are capable of explaining everything in nature.

Michael Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has previously published on Alfred Russel Wallace in Forbes Magazine online, and his book is published by Erasmus Press.

Click on the links below if you missed the first installments of this series:
Part One
Part Two

Michael Flannery

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Michael A. Flannery is professor emeritus of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds degrees in library science from the University of Kentucky and history from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has written and taught extensively on the history of medicine and science. His most recent research interest has been on the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). He has edited Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism (Erasmus Press, 2008) and authored Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (Discovery Institute Press, 2011). His research and work on Wallace continues.
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