Activism against Materialism and Neodarwinism: 2018


Article by Karsten Pultz about my comments on the paleoanthropological discoveries in 2017 in the Danish Christian newspaper Udfordringen (online Dec. 29, 2017; print Jan. 2018).

Blog posting "Evolution v. Intelligent Design: Putting your Life on the Line" about my story at Betty Pfeiffer's blog God's Path for Kids (Jan. 6, 2018).

Article "For Paleoanthropology, Dawn of Another Annus Horribilison Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from January 29, 2018 about two paleoanthropological surprises in the early new year.

Incompetent anti-ID blogger Bill Needle responds with this wonderful demonstration of his lack of reading comprehension: „Bechly Bombast and Blunders!“ at his Marmotism blog (Feb. 3, 2018).

 

 

 

 

Article "Ich folgte den Beweisen" about me by Timo Roller for the German Christian magazine Factum (online Febr. 3, 2018, PDF of the 6-page print article in Factum 01/2018)


 

Andrew McDiarmid reads an essay of mine for ID the Future podcast "Human Evolution Narrative Crumbles Under Weight of Six Discoveries" (Feb. 5, 2018).

 

Andrew McDiarmid reads another essay of mine for ID the Future podcast "Another New Discovery Disrupts Human Evolution Account" (Feb. 12, 2018).

David Klinghoffer announces "Happy Darwin Day! Our 2018 Censor of the Year Is Wikipedia" on Evolution News (Febr. 12, 2018) in honor of the deletion of my Wikipedia page and other acts of censorship by a mafia of Wikipedia editors.

In this talk radio episode "0431. A Leading Bioscientist’s Doubt of Darwinism" (Febr. 12, 2018) my colleague Jonathan Witt talks about the new book "Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design" and also about my story (starting at time code 16:55).

Article in the German newspaper Gäubote (Febr. 13, 2018) about a talk "Vernünftige Gründe für den Glauben an Gott"  I held on Febr. 11 at the YMCA Sulz am Eck, Germany with nearly 80 participants.

Another article "Wildberg: Wissenschaftliche Argumente führen zu Gott" was published by Timo Roller in another local newspaper Schwarzwälder Bote on Febr. 13, 2018.

Article "Did Fish as Flotsam Conquer Land?" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from February 19, 2018 about a new study on the origin of tetrapods.

 

First part of interview with me by Sarah Chaffee on ID the Future podcast "Günter Bechly on Fossils and Common Descent, Pt 1" (Feb. 19, 2018).

David Klinghoffer writes at Evolution News (Febr. 20, 2018) "Bechly: In the Fossil Record, "Abrupt Appearances Are the Rule"” about my new ID the Future podcast.

 

Second part of interview with me by Sarah Chaffee on ID the Future podcast "Günter Bechly on Fossils and Common Descent, Pt 2" (Feb. 26, 2018).

David Klinghoffer writes at Evolution News (Febr. 27, 2018) "Bechly: The “Explosive” Pattern in the Fossil Record, and What It Means about my new ID the Future podcast.

 

 

 

Reprint of the German article "Ich wurde Christ, weil ich Wissenschaftler bin" (from pro Christliches Medienmagazin 6/2017: 16-17) in Blick in die Zeit 2-2018: 15-18 (Rundfunkbeilage).

 

 

 

 


 

On March 10, 2018 I presented an invited keynote talk "Fossil Discontinuities in the History of Life" (90 min. + 60 min. Q&A, ca. 30 participants) at the BioFachtagung 2018 of the Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen in Friolzheim, Germany.

 

 

On March 14 and 23, 2018 I gave two talks "Why I Believe in Intelligent Design" with Q&A via Skype at the ID Education Days in Seattle (with more than 300 participants) and Dallas (with about 200 participants) (see photo).


On March 23, 2018 I was accepted as new member in the editorial board of the intelligent design journal BIO-Complexity.

Article "Contradicting Darwinian Gradualism, Earliest Animals Show Complex Parental Behavioron Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from March 30, 2018 about the discovery of parental care in Early Cambrian arthropods.

 

 

 

From April 20-22, 2018 I attended in Kassel a German conference called Fachtagung Naturwissenschaften 2018 "Was zeigt die Natur von Gott?" (30 participants) organized by the Akademiker SMD.

 

The first day there was an interview (30 min.) with me by Dr. Alexander Fink about my history "Staunen über die Schöpfung - Ein Weg zur Gotteserkenntnis", and then I gave a keynote presentation (30 min) "Belege für die Existenz Gottes in der Natur" about the evidence in nature that convinced me of the existence of God, followed by a Q&A session (20 min).

Article "Extinct Four-Eyed Monitor Lizard Busts Myth of a Congruent Nested Hierarchyon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from April 23, 2018 about the third eye of vertebrates and the problem of convergences.

This article stipulated a rather clueless response "Contested Bones X: More H erectus just humans plus fresh Gunther Bechly “problems” for “Darwinism”" by anti-ID video blogger James Downard, a retired supply worker, who greatly overestimates his competence to talk about such scientific issues.

 

Interview with me by Sarah Chaffee on ID the Future podcast "A Paleontologist on Why the “Cambrian Explosion” Label Persists" (Apr. 23, 2018).

 

 

 

My newest research paper "Chrismooreia michaelbehei gen. et sp. nov. (Insecta: Odonata: Asiopteridae), a new fossil damsel-dragonfly from the Early Jurassic of England" with description of a new fossil dragonfly species named in honor of ID theorist Michael Behe was published on April 27, 2018 in BIO-Complexity 2018(1): 1-10

(doi:10.5048/BIO-C.2018.1).

Article "New Species of Fossil Dragonfly Named for ID Proponent Michael Beheon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from April 27, 2018 about my newest research and little present for one of my influencers.

Uncommon Descent blog also positively commented about this announcement "Fossil dragonfly named in Mike Behe’s honor has implications for ID" on April 28, 2017, as did Dr. Jay Wile in his Proslogion blog post "Michael Behe Earns a Well-Deserved Honor" on May 3rd, 2018.

And if you want to have a good laugh at our opponents please read the highly incompetent comments under the "masterpiece" titled "Big News from the Discovery Institute" found at The Sensuous Curmudgeon blog from April 29, 2018.

Bill Needle even topped this with his diatribe "Gunter Loves Michael!" at his Marmotism blog on May 13, 2008.

Invited talk „Wissenschaft ohne Scheuklappen - Einwände gegen Darwins Evolutionstheorie“ for the Evangelischer Arbeitskreis der CDU in Stuttgart / Germany (May 7, 2018, 18:30, 90min. + 30min. Q&A, 45 participants).

 

You can view the complete talk and Q&A at this YouTube playlist of the EAK.


 

 

Interview with me by Sarah Chaffee on ID the Future podcast "Scientist Names Dragonfly Species after Michael Behe" (May 7, 2018).

Article "Providential Discoveries: Intelligent design proponent stumbles onto a new species" by Lynde Langdon on World News May 10, 2018.

 

Interview with me by Sarah Chaffee on ID the Future podcast "Living Fossils Really Do Live — and Pose Problems for Evolution" (May 14, 2018) about stasis in the fossil record.

This podcast was also commented at Evolution News with "Bechly: Why the Phenomenon of Living Fossils Is Under “Massive Attack”" on May 15, 2018, and at Uncommon Descent with "Gunter Bechly: “Living fossils” under massive attack" on May 18, 2018.

Bill Needle seems so obsessed with me that he could not resist to contribute another empty diatribe full of gutter language titled ""Living Fossils" vs ID Creationism!" at his Marmotism blog on May 27, 2008.

 

 

 

 

In his new book "Censoring the Darwin Skeptics" (published May 17, 2018 as volume III of the Slaughter of the Dissidents series) Jerry Bergman also discusses my story at length in chapter 21 "Darwinists Expelled Professor Bechly for Coming Out in Favor of Intelligent Design" (pages 499-504).

 

 

At this year's European Leadership Forum (May 19.-24. 2018 in Wisla, Poland) I presented on May 20 in the Scientists Network Session the talk "Fossil Discontinuities - A Refutation of Neo-Darwinism and Confirmation of Intelligent Design" (45 min. + 30 min. Q&A).

 

 

 

This talk and eight "answers to questions" videos were recorded and have been made available by FOCLonline.org.




See below for Bill Needle's inept responses to these videos in his Marmotism blog (Nov. 2018).

Article "Alleged Refutation of the Cambrian Explosion Confirms Abruptness, Vindicates Meyeron Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from May 29, 2018.

Riffraff Darwinist Bill Needle, who's gutter language and total cluelessness again reveal his lowly origin, provided another embarrassing comment "Bechly's ID Creationist Bafflement!" at his Marmotism blog on June 21, 2018.

At the main conference of the Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen in Rehe / Germany (May 31 - June 3, 2018) I  gave a plenary talk "Explosionen im Fossilbericht und das „Wartezeit“-Problem“ (June 1, 20:00, 60 min. + Q&A, ca. 150 participants) and two seminars "Diskontinuitäten im Fossilbericht: Widersprüche zum Darwinschen Gradualismus"  (June 1, 14:30-16:00 with 24 participants, and June 2, 16:00-17:30 with 64 participants).

 

 

 

Video recordings of these talks are available on DVD by dasistgutso.com.


 

German blog post "Evolution – ein Welterklärungsmodell am Abgrund?" by Markus Till at the aufatmen blog (June 14) about my arguments against Neodarwinism and for ID.

 

Article "Rafting Stormy Waters: When Biogeography Contradicts Common Ancestryon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from June 27, 2018.

Article "This Critter Is Named for Günter Bechlyon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from June 27, 2018.

PDF-exposé (June 2018) for the projected critical book about Wikipedia "Schwarzbuch Wikipedia" edited by Dr. Andreas Mäckler, which includes an excerpt with large parts of my chapter (in German).

Bill Needle's obsession with me reached new heights with his postings "Bechly and Me" (Jul. 11) and "Under Bechly's Skin!" (Jul. 18) at his Marmotism blog. His postings speak for themselves, and I suppose he is just an angry young fellow, still dwelling in his parent's basement without girl friend, who is alienated by the fact that even other Darwinists ignore his embarrassing blog, as shown by the absence of any likes or comments for most of his postings. No wonder that this attention-seeking confused guy is obsessed with his only reader, but I have to admit to enjoy some Schadenfreude when people like him bring evolutionists into disrepute.

[In July / August 2018 I took a brief break from my ID work because of our relocation from Germany to our new home in Austria.]

Article "Ignoring Other Research, New Study Explains (Away) the Origin of New Body Planson Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from September 12, 2018.

My special "fan" Bill Needle (an incarnation of the Dunning-Kruger effect) again tries to trigger the only reader of his lonely and angry Marmotism blog with this wonderful posting "Bechly Brings the Bullshit!" (Oct. 14). Please enjoy and have mercy, this poor boy desperately needs some readers and maybe a first commenter after 10 postings without any feedback! (Update: see his predictable response "Gunter Bechly's Comical "Activism"!" from Oct. 20)

 

Feature "Glaube an Schöpfung fand ich primitiv" about me by Timo König from the Christian media group ERF on September 20, 2018 (in German, with 9 audio clips from the interview).

Article "Why Dickinsonia Was Most Probably Not an Ediacaran Animalon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from September 27, 2018.

<satire>Unfortunately, my "friend" Bill Needle utterly refuted my arguments with this highly sophisticated rebuttal "The Bullshit Bechly Bullshits!" at his Marmotism blog (Nov. 3). Thanks Bill for this eloquent demonstration of good Darwinian reasoning.</satire>

 

 

Webinar "Conflicting evidence for Common Ancestry from the Fossil Record" at Apologetics Academy (Nov. 3, 2018).


Joshua Swamidass starts a thread "Günter Bechly on Origins" about me at his Peaceful Science site (Nov. 19-24, 2018). They speculate about my beliefs and my story, but I wonder why they did not bother to simply ask me!?

Angry darwinist blogger Bill Needle commented about my ELF video on the fossil record "Bullshitting Bechly Bullshitting Doomsday Cult Bullshit" at his miserable Marmotism blog (Nov. 18, 2018). Obviously this God-hating bigot never heard about crucial works like the Nature paper of Foote & Sepkoski (1999), who concluded "completeness is rather high for many animal groups". The only argument in Needle's nonsensical response "Gunter Bechly Disappoints Jesus!" (Nov. 21) can be easily refuted by quoting one of the world's leading experts on the fossil record, Prof. Michael Benton (1998): "The phylogenetic congruence assessments have indicated that there is no evidence that vertebrates have a fossil record that is either any better, or indeed any worse, than that of any other major group of animals. In addition, there is no evidence that the record of continental (that is, terrestrial and freshwater) tetrapods is worse than that of marine echinoderms or fishes. These kinds of assessments have proved highly fruitful, and they provide a sound quantified answer to the old cry of 'the fossil record is pretty incomplete and uninformative'."

Needle also commented about my ELF video on whale evolution and not only demonstrated in his posting "How and Why Did the "Designer" Design This Complete Transitional Series?" (Nov. 24) that he is absolutely clueless about the waiting time problem, but instead attacked a ridiculous straw man claim that nobody made. Unfortunately, this is a quite typical response by hardcore Darwinist activists to the ever growing conflicting evidence: ignoring, denying, or distorting. Bill Needle indeed does such an excellent job in making evolutionists look bad and stupid that one could almost suspect that he secretly works for Answers in Genesis.

Finally, this poor little simpleton in his narrow-mindedness seems to be unable to grasp the plain truth, that only because I was invited to speak at a FOCL conference does not imply that I endorse everything they say, which should be obvious to anyone with average intelligence by the fact that I am an outspoken defender of Catholicism and FOCL is an evangelical Protestant organization,  which also featured anti-Catholic lectures at the same conference (e.g., here).

He responded to these paragraphs with "More Belligerent Bullshitting Bechly Hilarity!" (Nov. 28) in which, apart from some smoke and mirrors, he repeats the same silly question of his previous posting, which he apparently considers as brilliant, and thus proves that he is not smart enough to understand that this is the very straw man I referred to above (hint: ID is a method to identify phenomena that are best explained with an intelligent cause, but this method in principle has to be agnostic about the identity, motivations, and mechanisms of the intelligent cause).

Nevertheless, in his dozens of posts against me, he accidentally stumbled upon a single potentially correct  point: some of my responses to his diatribes indeed may not have been really Christlike, even though Christ could be quite harsh at times (see Matthew 7:6 and 23:33). Unfortunately, my Nietzschean character is not really well equipped for meek responses to such malicious garbage. Good point on my list for next confession. Since one should avoid temptation, and this confused and ill-bred fellow is unworthy of attention and response anyway, this will have been my last mention of him and his blog.

Article "Evolutionsbiologe beginnt zu zweifeln"  about me at the Swiss Christian web portal livenet.ch (Nov. 27, 2018). Unfortunately it fails to distinguish intelligent design from creationism. The article is based on a YouTube interview, but was written in the "I" form even though it is paraphrased and I was not involved as author or even informed about it.

Article "Rewriting Human Origins, Ongoing in East Asiaon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from September 28, 2018.

This article was also discussed at  Joshua Swamidass' Peaceful Science site.

As part of our waiting time research project the following manuscript was submitted: Hössjer O, Bechly G, Gauger A (in press 2018): Phase-type Distribution Approximations of the Waiting Time Until Coordinated Mutations Get Fixed in a Population. Chapter (66 pp.).

 

A second manuscript is currently (Nov. 2018) in preparation: Hössjer O, Bechly G, Gauger A (in prep. 2018): On the Waiting Time Until Coordinate Mutations Get Fixed in Regulatory Sequences.

An article co-authored with Stephen C. Meyer about the fossil record and common ancestry is currently (Nov. 2018) still in preparation for the journal Inference and will probably be published in spring 2019.


Speaking engagements and other scheduled events for 2018:

  • February 11, 2018 (20:00-22:00) in Sulz am Eck, Germany: Invited talk "Vernünftige Gründe für den Glauben an Gott sowie Zweifel an der Evolution" about arguments that convinced me of theism (Interview, presentation, and Q&A, ca 80 people) at a community evening of the YMCA (Gemeindeabend CVJM Sulz am Eck) (http://www.cvjmsulz.de/termine/).
  • March 10, 2018 (9:30-12:00) in Friolzheim, Germany: Invited keynote talk "Fossil Discontinuities in the History of Life" (90 min. + 60 min. Q&A, ca. 30 people) at the BioFachtagung 2018 of the Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen (http://www.wort-und-wissen.de/index2.php?artikel=veranstaltungen/main.php&n=Fachtagungen.Fachtagungen).
  • March 14, 2018 (1:00 PM) in Seattle, USA (via Skype): Talk "Why I Believe in Intelligent Design [as a Scientist]" (15-20 min. + 15-20 min. Q&A, more than 300 people) at ID Education Day Seattle(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intelligent-design-education-day-seattle-tickets-42024328899).
  • March 23, 2018 (1:00 PM) in Dallas, USA (via Skype): Talk "Why I Believe in Intelligent Design [as a Scientist]" (15-20 min. + 15-20 min. Q&A, more than 200 people) at ID Education Day Dallas (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intelligent-design-education-day-dallas-tickets-42107203780).
  • Febr. 13 - April 10, 2018: Email-interview about my Wikipedia experiences for a book chapter in the projected „Schwarzbuch Wikipedia“ by Dr. Andreas Mäckler, for which I will be a co-author.
  • April 12, 2018 (20:00) via Skype: Recording of podcast about the Cambrian Explosion for ID the Future with Sarah Chaffee.
  • April 20, 2018 (20:00-21:30, 30 people) in Kassel, Germany: Invited talk "Staunen über die Schöpfung - Ein Weg zur Gotteserkenntnis" at the Fachtagung Naturwissenschaften 2018 "Was zeigt die Natur von Gott?" (April 20.-22. 2018) of the SMD (https://www.smd.org/en/akademiker-smd/fachgruppen/naturwissenschaften/tagungs-detailseiten/ft-nawi-2018/).
  • May 4., 2018 (20:00) via Skype: Recording of two podcasts about "Living Fossils and Stasis in the Fossil Record as a Problem for Darwinism“ and "New fossil dragonfly species named after ID theorist Michael Behe" for ID the Future with Sarah Chaffee.
  • May 7, 2018 (18:30-21:00) at the CVYM in Stuttgart, Germany: Invited talk "Wissenschaft ohne Scheuklappen -  Einwände gegen Darwins Evolutionstheorie" (90 min. presentation + 60 min. Q&A, 45 people) about scientific reasons to doubt Darwinism for the EAK / Evangelischer Arbeitskreis der CDU (protestant working group of the Christian Democratic political party in Germany) (https://www.ea-stuttgart.de/resources/ecics_39.pdf)
  • May 20, 2018 (12:00-13:15) in Wisla, Poland: Invited presentation "Fossil Discontinuities - A Refutation of Neo-Darwinism and Confirmation of Intelligent Design" (45 min. + 30 min. Q&A) at the Scientists Network Session of the European Leadership Forum 2018 (May 19.-24. 2018) (http://www.euroleadership.org/generalinformation).
  • May 20, 2018 (14:15-14:45) in Wisla, Poland: Video interviews about fossil discontinuities for FOCLonline.org.
  • June 1, 2018 (14:30-16:00) in Rehe / Germany: Invited seminar "Diskontinuitäten im Fossilbericht: Widersprüche zum Darwinschen Gradualismus" (90 min., 24 people) at the Hauptkonferenz of the Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen (http://www.wort-und-wissen.de/veranstaltungen.html).
  • June 1, 2018 (20:00) in Rehe / Germany: Invited plenary talk "Explosionen im Fossilbericht und das „Wartezeit“-Problem“ (60 min. + Q&A, ca. 150 people) at the Hauptkonferenz of the Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen (http://www.wort-und-wissen.de/veranstaltungen.html), the biggest German creationist organization.
  • June 2, 2018 (16:00-17:30) in Rehe / Germany: Invited seminar "Diskontinuitäten im Fossilbericht: Widersprüche zum Darwinschen Gradualismus"  (90 min., 64 people) at the Hauptkonferenz of the Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen (http://www.wort-und-wissen.de/veranstaltungen.html).
  • June 14, 2018: Presentation about "The Fossil Record: Confirming or Conflicting Evidence for Neodarwinism?" (15 min., 35 people incl. a Nobel laureate) at an international interdisciplinary private conference (June 11-15, 2018) in southern France.
  • June 20, 2018 in Böblingen, Germany: radio interview by Timo König for the German media group ERF.
  • July 10, 2018 (1:30-3:00 PM, 50 people) in Seattle, USA: Lecture "The Fossil Record: A Problem for Neodarwinism" at Discovery Institute’s CSC Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences 2018 (July 6-14, 2018: https://www.discovery.org/id/summer-seminars/natural-sciences/).
  • July 11, 2018 (10:00-11:30): Recording of a radio interview by Jenny Schmitt for World Magazine (scheduled for January 2019).
  • August 31, 2018 (19:30-21:30): zoom video interview by Ann Gauger for Discovery Institute.
  • September 15, 2018: Skype-Talk to the youth at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) about "Weaknesses of the Theory of Evolution" (45 min. + 30 min. Q&A, 40 people).
  • November 3, 2018 via Zoom: Webinar "Conflicting evidence for common ancestry from the fossil record" at Apologetics Academy.
  • November 9, 2018 (18:15-18:30): Skype video interview about intelligent design by Zain Khan for his talkshow Zain Khan Live.
  • November 23, 2018 (20:45-22:20): Recording of skype interview with Evan Sizemore for his new video podcast show Ever Wonder: Science and Nature Explained.
  • November 2018: recording of video interview by Stephan Lange for his mitdenkendYouTube channel.
  • November 24, 2018 in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Invited talk "The fossil record as problem for evolutionism“ (45 min.) at the Regionaltag and Logos Congress "Geloof is de sleutel tot kennis" of the Dutch Logos-Instituut in cooperation with the German Studiengemeinschaft Wort und Wissen (https://logos.nl/evenementen/lijst/?tribe_paged=2&tribe_event_display=list). UPDATE: This event was recently cancelled by the organizer and moved to November 9, 2019.