“Scientific knowledge is a malleable body of information that changes over time, as new tools are applied and new facts are integrated,” says Bryce Paschal, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at U.Va. “Good science identifies weak links in what is known. Science should acknowledge the shortcomings in evolutionary science, especially as regards what is known about transition species.”
An expert on nuclear transport and cell signaling, Paschal might seem an unlikely candidate to serve as faculty adviser for the IDEA Club….
“Regardless of the number of simple organisms on this earth, and regardless of how many simple molecules are found on other planets, the notion that we evolved by random mutation from a pool of amino acids requires more Ã¢â‚¬ËœfaithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ than I am capable of mustering,” he says.
Much to the IDEA club’s relief, Bryce Paschal was tenured a few months before becoming the IDEA faculty adviser. I can tell you from first hand knowledge that some individuals who would otherwise be willing to be IDEA advisers declined to do so because of job risk. I’m very grateful for Dr. Paschal’s willingness to be an IDEA adviser.
(thanks to Russ for alerting me to the article)
Paul Gross, co-author with Barbara Forrest of Creationism’s Trojan Horse, is UVa Professor, emeritus. It’s personally gratifying to see many pro-ID science students and faculty at UVa. The medical college has several pro-ID MD’s teaching the next generation of doctors.