“Intelligent Design” has become an increasingly influential movement in intellectual circles in which evolutionary theories are being discussed. The claim by its proponents is that biology can be enhanced by including arguments from design, and that Neo-Darwinism is not able to account for the contemporary discoveries of Biochemistry. The leading scientist in this movement is Professor Michael J. Behe, a biochemist from Lehigh University. Behe has become internationally known for his book Darwin’s Black Box: A Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, in which he argues that recent advances in molecular biology refute the widely held Neo-Darwinian theories of evolution. Behe suggests that invoking arguments from design allows the scientist to proceed more objectively in the pursuit of science. My analysis of Behe’s arguments will involve a criticism of what appears to be an unwarranted leap from epistemological to ontological gaps.
Jared Crain, ’00 Greeley, CO
Sponsor: William Carroll