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Volume 7
Number 12

The REALL News

"It's a very dangerous thing to believe in nonsense."
-- James Randi

December 1999

A Central Illinois Scientist Responds to the Black Box

*Dr. Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box, appeared recently (October 5-6) at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, IL. Briefly, Darwin's Black Box proposes that certain cellular structures are "irreducibly complex" - that all parts must be functional for the structure to work, and Behe asserts that gradual Darwinian evolution does a poor job of explaining these features, therefore, there must be an "intelligent designer."

Prior to his appearance, Behe was the subject of a large article by the Michael Miller, religion editor of the Peoria Journal Star. Piqued by what Behe might have to say to a receptive-but-nonscientific audience, I attended two of the three lectures. What follows are my responses - as a scientist - to Behe's lectures at the seminary and his October 3 interview in the Peoria Journal Star.MoreMore


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