On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads an excerpt from Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design by Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola and Jonathan Witt. It makes the case that modern neo-Darwinism is today’s “phlogiston,” a theory that explains everything but nothing, faces mounting contrary evidence, and survives only with ever more ancillary hypotheses. In the excerpt Leisola and Witt also discuss the well-documented pattern of scientists defending an existing scientific paradigm even after fresh discoveries have turned against it, with the obsolete dominant paradigm dying only very slowly. An especially dramatic and tragic example gave the name to this all-too-human tendency — the Semmelweis reflex. Listen in to learn more.
Matti Leisola, the Finnish biochemist whose story is told in his new book Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, spoke by Skype with a crowd in Dallas recently. He describes that journey, including his research, some of the reasons he made the turn to belief in design, and other scientists’ sometimes irrational reactions to his conclusions.Read More ›