Responses to Criticism of Michael Behe’s Darwin Devolves

An evolving record of the scientific dialogue on Darwin Devolves

With the release of Michael Behe’s Darwin Devolves, the scientific dialogue between its detractors and defenders continues. Here we collect some of the most noteworthy criticisms and responses by Michael Behe and others. Find the most comprehensive coverage and most recent responses of Darwin Devolves at Evolution News.

Re: Lents at Skeptic Magazine

Regarding “Behe’s Last Stand: The Lion of Intelligent Design Roars Again” by Nathan H. Lents at Skeptic Magazine, Volume 24, Number 1 (March 2019).

Re: Lang and Rice at Evolution

Regarding “Evolution unscathed: Darwin Devolves argues on weak reasoning that unguided evolution is a destructive force, incapable of innovation” by Gregory I. Lang and Amber M. Rice (March 13, 2019) at Evolution.

Re: Lenski at Telliamed Revisited

Regarding Richard Lenski’s series: 1. “Does Behe’s “First Rule” Really Show that Evolutionary Biology Has a Big Problem?” (February 15, 2019), 2. “On damaged genes and polar bears” (February 22, 2019), 3. “Is the LTEE breaking bad?” (February 26, 2019), 4. “Evolution goes viral! (And how real science works)” (March 6, 2019).

Re: Coyne at The Washington Post

Regarding Jerry Coyne’s “Intelligent design gets even dumber” at The Washington Post (March 8, 2019).

Re: Lents, Swamidass, and Lenski

Regarding “A biochemist’s crusade to overturn evolution misrepresents theory and ignores evidence” by Nathan H. Lents, S. Joshua Swamidass, and Richard E. Lenski in Science (February 7, 2019)

On Scientific Dialogue

Regarding “I Agree with Behe” by S. Joshua Swamidass at Peaceful Science (February 12, 2019)

Of the First Rule of Adaptive Evolution

Regarding “Does Behe’s ‘First Rule’ Really Show that Evolutionary Biology Has a Big Problem?” by Richard E. Lenski at Telliamed Revisited (February 15, 2019)

Of Chloroquine Resistance

Of Polar Bears

Regarding “Scientists scrutinize just two examples in Behe’s new book; find them deeply misleading” by Jerry Coyne (February 13, 2019) and “Darwin Devolves: Behe Gets Polar Bear Evolution Very Wrong” by Nathan H. Lents (February 12, 2019).