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Cambrian Explosion, Burgess Shale, and More

Steve Meyer on Great Minds with Michael MedvedPublished at Evolution News

No question is greater or more ultimate than that of our origins as living creatures. Darwinian theory tells the story of our origins one way. Biblical creationists, of course, tell it another way. Does that exhaust the possibilities? Our guest today, Stephen Meyer, doesn’t think so.

A Disinterring Mind

Trained in the philosophy of science at Cambridge University, Dr. Stephen Meyer directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, which makes this show possible. He is both a friend and a leader in the intelligent design movement, which challenges orthodox evolutionary thinking. Meyer’s first book – Signature in the Cell – examined the evidence for design in the origin of life. His second book, Darwin’s Doubt, advances the story to the origin of animal life. That’s where the conversation leads in this episode.


Show Notes

  • 02:45 | What is the “Big Bang of animal life”?
  • 03:30 | What was Darwin’s doubt?
  • 04:15 | The fossil record, the tree of life, and the abrupt appearance of life forms
  • 05:20 | A “creative explosion”, an explosion of innovation
  • 06:10 | Filling in the gaps in the pre-Cambrian
  • 06:50 | Two issues emerging from the Cambrian fossils
  • 07:55 | The Burgess Shale and the vindication of Darwin?
  • 10:40 | How do Darwin’s defenders explain the Cambrian?
  • 11:25 | How does intelligent design interpret the Cambrian fossils?
  • 11:45 | The top down pattern of appearance in fossils and in the evolution of technology
  • 12:45 | The Cambrian Explosion as an explosion of new information
  • 13:45 | Alfred Russell Wallace’s different trajectory
  • 15:12 | What kind of designer designs systems that become obsolete?
  • 16:16 | The Royal Society and the explanatory deficit of the received theory
  • 18:00 | The disparity between the public presentation of Darwinism and the academic literature

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David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.