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When a bioengineer cannot avoid evidence for design in nature…


From Denyse O’Leary at Salvo:

Minority Reporter: A Finnish Bioengineer Touches the Third Rail

Randomness and chaos are much easier to market today than order, meaning, and purpose. The songs write themselves. Serious scientists, therefore, can find themselves in conflict with a view that is not so much an argument as an attitude to life, not so much a marshalling of evidence as a demand that posturing overrule evidence.

Case in point: Matti Leisola, a gifted Finnish bioengineer, started out as a good Darwinist. But he could not avoid the massive pushback from the evidence of design he . . . More.

Matti Leisola Yes, it’s mostly paywalled. It describes the situation of a scientist who thinks that nature shows evidence of design who hails from a small country where that is just not the Approved Opinion of the small group of In people, irrespective of evidence. The difference with a small country is that the resource base for dissent is very limited.

Fortunately, Matti Leisola was productive enough before his lack of sympathy with Darwinism became known that he was hard to get rid of.

If you want to know what touching the third rail feels like, you can have a look at his book, Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design

See also: Matti Leisola: Another gifted scientist poised over the memory hole?

Matti Leisola on why lignin (wood) remains enigmatic, in terms of evolution


Swedish math prof’s review of Heretic captures a key point


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