Friday, October 28, 2005

Brayton Nails Behe

At the big ID trial in Dover, Michael Behe claimed that his popular book Darwin's Black Box, went through a peer review process that was even more rgiorous than that of a paper in a journal. Now it turns out, this is untrue. Surprise!

Ed Brayton has the full story here. See also this previous post on the same subject.

Kudos to Ed for this and all his other excellent coverage of the Dover trial.


At 10:21 PM, Blogger monado said...

I opened the PDF of Michael Behe's testimony of Oct. 28 and read parts of it to get the remarks about peer reviews in context.

Even more interesting were Behe's comments about molecular evolution. On Page 20 of his testimony, he said, under oath, "Molecular evolution is not based on scientific authority. There is no publication in the scientific literature [italics mine], in prestigious journals, specialty journals, or books that describes how molecular evolution of any real, complex, biochemical system either did occur or even might have occurred. There are assertions that such evolution occurred, but absolutely none are supported by pertinent experiments or calculations. Since no one knows molecular evolution by direct experience, and since there is no authority on which to base claims of knowledge, it can truly be said that, like the contention that the Eagles will win the Super Bowl this year, the assertion of Darwinian molecular evolution is merely bluster."

So I went looking on the Web. I found the Journal of Molecular Evolution and about 20 other apparently peer-reviewed journals that print articles about molecular evolution. I found a history stating that the first major M.E. conferences were in 1964. I found International Society of Molecular Evolution. I found MIT's "Perspectives on Molecular Evolution" pages in their department of Biology. I found regular, four-state regional meetings to discuss Molecular evolution research. I found software for mathematical analysis of molecular evolution. I found the Alan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. I found articles and papers in Nature and Science dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. What rock has this man been hiding under? And how can he get away with the same old lies year after year?


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