Michael Behe: the limits of evolution

In their latest issue, Books & Culture has an excellent review of Michael Behe’s new book, The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism. Behe’s book seeks to clarify misunderstandings about Darwinism commonly held by both evolutionists and by anti-evolutionists. Three things are associated with evolution: (1) natural selection, (2) common descent, and (3) random mutation. Behe fully supports (1) and (2) and argues that evolution can account for these better than any other scientific theory, which immediately makes him an enemy of creationists. But Behe sees scientific and mathematical limits to (3), and thus strongly argues against the views of Richard Dawkins. I definitely recommend the review. While long, the author summarizes the material well.


Chuck said…
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
Anonymous said…

Thanks for the laugh.

Anonymous said…
Ric Machuga, like Michael Behe, is an ignorant Creationist. 'Darwinism' (to the extent that this concept has meaning, beyond being a Creationist bogeyman) DOES NOT subsume mutation, for the simple reason that mutation and genetics had yet to be discovered in the lifetime of Darwin.

Why do ignoramuses like Machuga pretend that debating Evolutionary Biology is about "agree[ing] with Darwin" or disagreeing. Darwin died over a century ago, BUT EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY DID NOT STOP THERE!

Is it because it is easier for the ignorant to do battle with a dead man from the infancy of Evolutionary Biology than with live scientists versed in modern Evolutionary Biology?