As one paleontologist recounts here, after his own mind was opened to the cogency of design arguments, he met ID scientists and scholars and was surprised to find they bore little resemblance to what he expected based on media caricatures. The shy (as he describes himself), self-effacing, yet stubborn Dr. Behe may also come as a revelation to those who don’t know him but assume he must be a cartoon “creationist.”
Revolutionary is unlike other ID films I’m familiar with in the way it offers personal stories. One of the most startling concerns University of Idaho microbiologist Scott Minnich, who like Behe, testified at Dover and was censured for it by officials at his university. When contemplating the career perils of coming out for ID and publishing a journal article with Stephen Meyer on the bacterial flagellum, Dr. Minnich happened to be participating as a member of the Iraq Survey Group, assisting the U.S. government in a search for biological and chemical weapons hidden in the country.
He was taking shelter, in fact, in Saddam Hussein’s Perfume Palace, under approaching mortar fire, as a critical submission deadline loomed. Minnich recalls reflecting that “I may not be here tomorrow morning,” as he finally hit the button on his computer to send the file. Now that’s a kind of story from the scientific world that you don’t hear every day. More.
One way of looking at it is this: If he knew for sure after he had pressed the Send button that he would not be alive tomorrow, would he still be glad he had pressed it?
See also: Trailer for new film on biochemist Michael Behe: Revolutionary Note: Sometimes being a revolutionary just means not being intimidated by trolls, mediocrities, ‘crats, and sellouts. That is, if one knows that what one is saying is correct, the decision to persist is what makes all the difference.
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