His book, Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It, underlines that Turner is not an “anti-Darwinist.” On the contrary, he explains that “I want deeply for it” – meaning the modern theory of Darwinian evolution – “to make sense.” The reasons for his disillusion, which he outlines in this fascinating contribution to the evolution debate, turn upon long-ignored problems with the theory, and counterevidence from the mysterious nature of life itself.
It is still a couple of months too early for reviews of Purpose and Desire, but Kirkus welcomes it with a pre-publication starred review as an “ingenious mixture of science and philosophy that points out major defects in Darwinism and then delivers heterodox but provocative solutions…a highly thought-provoking book.” More.
But where are the trolls and zombies? Turner still has a job at New York State U Syracuse, so far as we know, even though he won’t force himself to believe what can’t be true.
Things may be changing too slowly for some. But if we can have a troll-free and zombie-absent discussion of the problems, we are indeed making progress.
See also: Another non-ID biologist takes aim at Darwinism
J. Scott Turner in the Chronicle of Higher Education — ID is asking the right questions! (2007)