Paleontology Lite and Copernican Discoveries
This chapter discusses Paul Chien’s designation as the intelligent design movement’s paleontology expert, even though Chien, a marine biologist, has no credentials in paleontology. It provides an account of the Discovery Institute’s effort to cultivate a relationship with Chinese paleontologists in order to exploit the discovery of rare Cambrian-era fossils in Chengjiang, China. It also presents results of a survey of Chien’s scientific publications, which revealed no scientific articles about either paleontology or intelligent design. The chapter debunks the canard concerning the so-called “Cambrian Explosion” as evidence for special creation. It also examines biochemist Michael Behe’s involvement in the intelligent design movement. Although Behe compares his concept of “irreducible complexity” to Copernicus’s discoveries in his book, Darwin’s Black Box, he has produced no scientific data that supports his claims. The chapter surveys Behe’s publication record and documents his failure to produce peer-reviewed articles pertaining clearly to intelligent design.
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