Dr. Bechly specializes in the fossil history and systematics of insects, particularly dragonflies. From 1999 until the end of 2016, he served as the curator for amber and fossil insects in the Department of Paleontology at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart.
Chosen to organize the largest museum exhibit in Germany celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth in 2009, Bechly ended up having gnawing doubts about Darwin after he read books by intelligent design proponents Michael Behe and William Dembski. Initially keeping his scientific heresy a secret, he began years of private discussions with intelligent design proponents including CSC Director Stephen Meyer.
Dr. Bechly was one of the presenters at the “Beyond Materialism” conference co-organized by Discovery Institute and the U.K.-based Centre for Intelligent Design at Cambridge University last November. He wowed the audience with his comments about the challenges to traditional Darwinism in the fossil record. He was also present for the Royal Society meeting, “New Trends in Evolutionary Biology,” in London where he provided us with excellent on-the-scene reporting, commentary, and photography. More.
Now that he doesn’t need a job any more, he can think safely. Massive citations. Sad if he probably couldn’t get published again no matter what he found. But the, science isn’t about that any more, its about marchin’, marchin’.
Content warning: Bechly is an actual Catholic, like G.K. Chesterton, thus no fan of Darwinism.
See also: Webinar with Dr. Bechly
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