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Michael Behe and Richard Sternberg to Defend Intelligent Design in Live Debate

Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences and Lehigh University, and Richard Sternberg, evolutionary biologist, will be taking part in a debate with Michael Ruse and Malgorzata Moczydlowska-Vidal over whether intelligent design is just an illusion or indeed a reality. Our friends at the En Arche Foundation will be organizing this event and have described it in further detail below:

Intelligent Design in Nature: Illusion or Reality?

The answer to this question has long puzzled scientists. In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, which indicated that the entire living world is the result of a purely naturalistic process of evolution by means of natural selection operating on random mutation. Darwin’s opinion that design in nature is only apparent is today the prevalent view in science. Renowned evolutionist and popularizer of Darwinism, Richard Dawkins, stated in The Blind Watchmaker that “biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed”.

Are we really only dealing with the appearance of complicated things in nature? There are a growing number of scientists that claim that the design in nature is not illusory, but that it is a scientifically detectable feature of natural structures. This is the opinion advocated by intelligent design theorists. According to this approach, we have at our disposal certain criteria that allow us to decide whether a given structure arose accidentally or is the result of a project. Design theorists point out that the practice of design recognition is widely used in various fields of science (e.g. archaeology) and if it is successful there, why not attempt to scientifically detect design in nature?

Note: This event is not being livestreamed, so in order to join, you will need to be present in person.


Friday, June 2, 2023
6:00 PM (local time)


DoubleTree by Hilton
Krakow, Poland


En Arche


Michael J. Behe

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Behe's current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures. In his career he has authored over 40 technical papers and three books, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA that Challenges Evolution, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, which argue that living system at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design.

Richard Sternberg

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Richard Sternberg is an evolutionary biologist with interests in the relation between genes and morphological homologies, and the nature of genomic “information.” He holds two Ph.D.'s: one in Biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and another in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. From 2001-2007, he served as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and from 2001-2007 was a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Sternberg is presently a research scientist at the Biologic Institute, supported by a research fellowship from the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He is also a Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History.