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Ten Years After Opening Darwin’s Black Box: An Interview with Dr. Michael Behe

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First Modern Science Text on Intelligent Design, Darwin’s Black Box, Celebrates New 10th Anniversary Edition

This episode of ID The Future podcast features an interview with Lehigh University professor of biology, biochemist Dr. Michael Behe, on the ocassion of the 10th anniversary of his groundbreaking book, Darwin’s Black Box.

Ten years ago, Behe helped to launch the modern intelligent design movement when he outlined the theory of irreducible complexity in his book Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, which dared to question the basic tenets of Darwinism.

Arguing that unintelligent accounts failed to explain the development of irreducibly complex systems such as blood clotting, the human immune system and the bacterial flagellum, Darwin’s Black Box was internationally reviewed in over one hundred publications and named one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century by National Review and World magazine. There are now a quarter million copies in print.

“While Behe is best known for his irreducible complexity hypothesis, I admire him more for his willingness to take a public stand for academic freedom in the face of withering attacks on his person and his record,” said Forest M. Mims, III., chair of the Texas Academy of Sciences Environmental Science Section. “Open-minded readers will soon learn that Behe raises questions that his opponents have yet to adequately answer.

Behe’s argument entered the mainstream with Cambridge University’s 2004 publication of “Debating Design from Darwin to DNA”, which had prominent scientists present their views of intelligent design based on Behe’s arguments from Darwin’s Black Box.

Simon & Schuster have now published an updated version of Behe’s seminal work with a new afterword by the author reflecting the current debate, which has been substantially buttressed by new scientific research and exposition.

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Michael J. Behe

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Behe's current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures. In his career he has authored over 40 technical papers and three books, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA that Challenges Evolution, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, which argue that living system at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design.
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