Stephen C. Meyer Philosopher of Science
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Cambrian Explosion

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Hand holding a up of a trilobite fossil in a rock, at the Burgess Shale in the Rocky Mountains with an emerald colored lake in the distance.
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Cambrian Explosion, Burgess Shale, and More

Animal forms come and go, but what links them as “acts of mind” (as Agassiz put it) is a “continuity of ideas,” not, says Meyer, the physical continuity that Darwin asserted. Read More ›
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Lightning thunderstorm flash over the night sky. Concept on topic weather, cataclysms (hurricane, Typhoon, tornado, storm)
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Does Lightning-Fast Evolution Solve the Cambrian Enigma?

The authors of a paper in Current Biology present the problem of the Cambrian explosion — the rapid emergence of new forms of animal life — as it own solution. Read More ›
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Geological sample with small shells
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More on Small Shelly Fossils and the Length of the Cambrian Explosion

In my previous replies to Marshall's review in Science of Darwin's Doubt, I've responded to his critiques of the main argument of the book. Read More ›
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fossil trilobite imprint in the sediment.
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The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories

On August 4th, 2004 an extensive review essay by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, Director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture appeared in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington (volume 117, no. 2, pp. 213-239). Dr. Meyer argues that no current materialistic theory of evolution can account for the origin of the information necessary to build novel animal forms. Read More ›
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Anomalocaris, life form of the Cambrian period (3d science illustration)
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The Cambrian Explosion

Both Charles Darwin himself and contemporary neo-Darwinists such as Francisco Ayala, Richard Dawkins, and Richard Lewontin acknowledge that biological organisms appear to have been designed by an intelligence. Yet classical Darwinists and contemporary Darwinists alike have argued that what Francisco Ayala calls the “obvious design” of living things is only apparent. As Ayala, a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has explained: “The functional design of organisms and their features would therefore seem to argue for the existence of a designer. It was Darwin’s greatest accomplishment to show that the directive organization of living beings can be explained as the result of a natural process, natural selection, without any need to resort to a Creator Read More ›