Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture

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The Origin of Life and the New Atheists

Why is the origin of life so important when it comes to the debate between the new atheists and those who see evidence for intelligent design? On this episode of ID the Future, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Paul Nelson interviews Rabbi Moshe Averick on the clues he gleaned from the new atheists themselves.

Paul Nelson on Orphan Genes and Evolution

On this episode of ID the Future, Brian Miller interviews Paul Nelson about orphan genes. What are these genes? How common are they? What is the pan-genome? And how does all this impact the evolution-intelligent design debate? Nelson argues that these little orphans spell big trouble for Neo-Darwinism.

All Hat and No Cattle: Paul Nelson Reviews the Royal Society Conference

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid interviews Paul Nelson about the recent Royal Society meeting on evolution. Nelson describes interactions between neo-Darwinists and scientists supportive of the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES), highlights the “specter of intelligent design” that emerged halfway through the gathering, and analyzes the efficacy of the EES in accounting for phenotypic complexity and novelty.

Paul Nelson on the Royal Society Meeting Questioning Neo-Darwinism

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid interviews Paul Nelson on the upcoming Royal Society conference he will be attending, New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives. Nelson shares about his expectations for the controversial gathering.

Paul Nelson on the 50th Anniversary of the Wistar Conference

In 1966, MIT engineers and eminent biologists met at the Wistar Institute to discuss problems with evolutionary theory. Now, at the 50th anniversary of the conference, CSC senior fellow and philosopher of biology, Dr. Paul Nelson, describes what happened at the symposium called “Mathematical Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Interpretation of Evolution.”

Paul Nelson: Remembering David Raup (1933-2015)

On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Fellow Paul Nelson and Casey Luskin share memories of the late David Raup, influential invertebrate paleontologist. Listen in as Nelson shares about Raup’s early participation at Pajaro Dunes, his realism about the scientific community’s attitude toward skeptics of evolution, and his courage to engage in thoughtful discussion with those of differing viewpoints.

Paul Nelson: Remembering Will Provine (1942-2015)

On this episode of ID the Future, CSC Fellow Paul Nelson and Casey Luskin share memories of the late Will Provine, historian of science and evolutionary biologist at Cornell University. Provine, an evolutionary spokesman, was a longtime interlocutor of intelligent design proponents, who admired him for his willingness to challenge standard evolutionary views and his refreshing ability to express affection for opponents while disagreeing with them.

The Universe Next Door: Dr. Paul Nelson, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Paul Nelson is again on The Universe Next Door with Dr. Tom Woodward, this time discussing the levinthal paradox. They also talk more about the origin of life, and what orphan genes can contribute to the topic.