Everyone seems to know that Alfred Russel Wallace co-discovered the engine of modern evolutionary theory, natural selection. What they fail to remember is that Wallace became critical of the evidence that purportedly showed natural selection to be a blind, unguided process, and instead championed the idea of design and purpose in nature.
One of the most renowned biologists of the nineteenth century, Wallace shares credit with Charles Darwin for developing the theory of evolution by natural selection and yet, ignored is his embrace of intelligent design.
Learn about Wallace’s fascinating journey of discovery starting Saturday, January 21st, with the online premiere of the new, short documentary Darwin’s Heretic at www.darwinsheretic.com. The 21 minute film is based on Discovery Institute Fellow and University of Alabama Birmingham Professor Michael Flannery’s biography Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (Discovery Institute Press 2010).
Darwin’s Heretic was directed and produced by Center for Science & Culture Associate Director Dr. John G. West and shows how Wallace grew disenchanted with natural selection as a theory capable of explaining life’s complexity.
Along with the book and film, Wallace’s ideas are the subject of a new website, www.alfredwallace.org, which features educational resources, including videos, book excerpts, and additional biographical information about Wallace.
Flannery is a professor and associate director for historical collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (Discovery Institute Press, 2010) and editor of Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution (Erasmus Press, 2008).
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