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I had the privilege of organizing and hosting Dr. Michael Behe as he delivered the following two lectures at the University of Toronto. Amazingly, almost 12,000 people have viewed the videos so far. Here they are below. Enjoy!

1. What are the Limits of Darwinism?

2. Evidence of Design from Biology


“Darwin’s theory of evolution is the great white elephant of contemporary thought. It is large, almost completely useless, and the object of superstitious awe” (Dr. David Berlinski).

This fascinating and refreshing interview is filled with brilliant insights by a witty scholar and master teacher. Enjoy!

Dr. Berlinski is a secular Jew and agnostic with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University. After his doctoral studies he was a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics and molecular biology at Columbia University. He has authoured works on systems analysis, differential topology, theoretical biology, analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics, as well as three novels.

One of the students I disciple, George Simopoulos, wrote in U of T’s “The Varsity” about the different science lectures that I organized and how they have helped to foster thought-provoking discussions on campus.

This is the second lecture that world renowned biochemist Dr. Michael Behe gave at the University of Toronto. In it he presents a strong case for the evidence of design from biology. Watch for yourself to see if the empirical evidence he presents is convincing.

Dr. Michael Behe is the author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, which The Washington Times described as “A persuasive book.” He has written, in addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, editorial features in the Boston Review, American Spectator, and The New York Times.

Here is a summary of his research in his own words:

I am interested in the evolution of complex biochemical systems. Many molecular systems in the cell require multiple components in order to function. I have dubbed such systems “irreducibly complex” (Behe 1996b, 2001). Irreducibly complex systems appear to me to be very difficult to explain within a traditional gradualistic Darwinian framework, because the function of the system only appears when the system is essentially complete. (An illustration of the concept of irreducible complexity is the mousetrap pictured on this page, which needs all its parts to work.) Despite much general progress by science in the past half century in understanding how complex biochemical systems work, little progress has been made in explaining how such systems arise in a Darwinian fashion. I have proposed that a better explanation is that such systems were deliberately designed by an intelligent agent (Behe 1996b, 2001). The proposal of intelligent design has proven to be extremely controversial, both in the scientific community (for example, see Brumfiel, G. 2005. Nature 434:1062‑1065) and in the general news media (Behe 1996a, 1999, 2005). My current work involves: 1) educating various groups to overcome mistaken ideas of what exactly intelligent design entails, so that they can make informed judgments on whether they think it is a plausible hypothesis; and 2) trying to establish a reasoned way to determine a rough dividing line between design and non-design in biochemical systems.