9. Why Do People Not Believe that Evolution Happened? ==>
   9.3. Specious Arguments Against Evolution ==>
     9.3.1. Source of specious arguments ==>
       9.3.1.2. Intelligent Design ==>
         9.3.1.2.1. ID Proponents ==>

9.3.1.2.1.1. Michael Behe

Michael J. Behe is an American biochemist and intelligent design (irreducible complexity) advocate. He currently serves as professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and as a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He is the only creation scientist working at a legitimate university that I know of. However when you go to his department's website, you are met with this statement:

<b>Department Position on Evolution and "Intelligent Design"</b>

<bqi>The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the highest standards of scientific integrity and academic function. This commitment carries with it unwavering support for academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. It also demands the utmost respect for the scientific method, integrity in the conduct of research, and recognition that the validity of any scientific model comes only as a result of rational hypothesis testing, sound experimentation, and findings that can be replicated by others.

<hl>The department faculty, then, are unequivocal in their support of evolutionary theory</hl>, which has its roots in the seminal work of Charles Darwin and has been supported by findings accumulated over 140 years. The sole dissenter from this position, Prof. Michael Behe, is a well-known proponent of "intelligent design." While we respect Prof. Behe's right to express his views, they are his alone and are in no way endorsed by the department.<hl> It is our collective position that intelligent design has no basis in science, has not been tested experimentally, and should not be regarded as scientific.</hl></bqi>

Behe's ideas about intelligent design have been rejected by the scientific community and characterized as pseudo science by other biochemists.

For a dramatic visual example of how irreducible complexity can and does evolve through gradual refinement, and yet remain irreducibly complex, take a look at Lee Graham's applet the Irreducible Complexity Evolver at http://www.stellaralchemy.com/ice/.