Advocacy against Materialism and Neo-Darwinism: 2019


Bill Needle opens the year with his rant "Bechly Bullshit: The "Best" The Discovery Institute Has Got!" at his lonely Marmotism blog (Jan. 1, 2019). Happy New Year Bill and thanks for continuing to help my cause in 2019!

After last year's lecture, I now made a Q&A on intelligent design theory for the youth at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, Canada (30 min. via Skype, Jan. 12, 2019, about 25 people). Unfortunately, the  first 5 minutes of my lecture were not recorded, but you can download all slides as PDF file here.


 

Interview "If rocks could talk" by Jenny Lind Schmitt for WORLD Magazine News (posted Febr. 8, 2019, isued March 2, 2019).

 

A radio blog about this interview is available as "Getting real about intelligent design" (article) at World Radio / The World and Everything in It (Febr. 26, 2019).


 

On Darwin Day, February 12, 2019, I am featuring in a short video published by Discovery Institute celebrating the growing number of scientists that signed the "Scientific Dissent from Darwinism" list.


On Saturday, February 16, 2019 I attended the Wiedenester Tagung "Glaube ist denkbar" in Bergneustadt (Germany), organized by the evangelical Forum Wiedenest. My contributions included ...:

  • 9:30-10:30 Panel interview with me by Dr. Matthias Burhenne (ca. 300 listeners)
  • 14:00-15:30 Invited talk "Wissenschaftliche Argumente gegen Evolution und für Intelligentes Design" with Q&A (ca. 300 listeners). Audio recording available at Soundcloud.
  • 15:30 TV-interview for idea news
  • 16:00-18:00 Workshop "Der Fossilbericht - Bestätigung oder Problem für die Darwin’sche Evolutionstheorie?" (82 participants)
Photo: Kai-Helge Hercher
Photo: Kai-Helge Hercher
Photo: Kai-Helge Hercher
Photo: Kai-Helge Hercher

German article "Evolutionstheorie hält wissenschaftlichen Argumenten nicht stand" about my presentation at the Forum Wiedenest symposium in the Christian news magazine idea Nachrichten (Febr. 19, 2019).

German article "Viele Fragen an die Evolutionstheorie" about my presentation at the Forum Wiedenest symposium in the Christian print magazine idea Spektrum (Febr. 20, 2019: p. 35):

 

Interview with me by Andrew McDiarmid for ID the Future podcast "Günter Bechly: Rich Fossil Record Says No to Insect Evolution" (March 11, 2019).


Evolutionist grumbler Bill Needle responded "Actual Science Saves Me From Bechly" at his Marmotism blog (Mar. 30, 2019), admitting that he did not even bother to listen to the arguments.

Article "Insect Evolution: Another Illustration of How Darwinism “Explains Away" about my IDtF podcast at Evolution News (March 13, 2019).

Dutch article "Mond dicht en wegwezen, creationist!" by Bart van den Dikkenberg in the Dutch Christian newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad (March 16, 2019) about me and scientific dissenters from Darwinism.

 

Interview with me by Andrew McDiarmid for ID the Future podcast "Günter Bechly: Human Evolution’s Once ‘Indisputable Facts’ Now “Dead Theory(March 20, 2019).


Article "Bechly: Lessons from the Ongoing “Rewrite” of Human Origins" by David Klinghoffer at Evolution News (March 21, 2019) about my IDtF podcast.

 

German article "Der vernünftige Weg zu Gott" in the Christian weekly magazine idea Spektrum (March 23, 2019).

Article "“Ice Cube” Study of Ediacaran Fossils Is Junk Scienceon Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from March 29, 2019 debunking a new study on the mode of fossilization of Ediacaran organisms, which claimed they might just be casts of endoskeletons.

Bill Needle celebrated my resumed coverage of his ludicrous Marmotism blog posts with "Bechly Bullshit Predictably Returns!" (April 7, 2019). It is real fun to have such a devoted anti-fanboy, who excels in making a complete fool of himself and his ilk of clueless Darwinists :-)

Article "New Fossil Human Species Thwarts Core Darwinian Predictionson Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from April 19, 2019 about the implications of the new species of fossil humans from Luzon island.

Uncommon Descent reports "Gunter Bechly: New Human Find In The Philippines = New Headache For Darwinism" (April 19, 2019).

Anonymous Darwinist blogguerilla The Sensuous Curmudgeon promptly comments "Günter Bechly Says Darwinism Fails Again" (April 19, 2019). At least, he (oops, I just assumed his gender) got the punchline right.

And of course my biggest "fan" Bill Needle could not resist to write another incompetent smear post in response titled "Gunter Bechly Makes an Ass of Himself!" at his Marmotism blog (July 6, 2019).

 

Interview with me by Andrew McDiarmid for ID the Future podcast "Günter Bechly on the Latest Fossil Find Confusing the Human “Evolutionary Tree”(May 1, 2019).


Article "Paleontologist Günter Bechly: “No Well-Established Tree of Fossil Humans”" by David Klinghoffer at Evolution News (May 2, 2019) about my IDtF podcast.

And the anonymous coward at Sensous Curmudgeon reports "Günter Bechly Has a New Podcast" (May 2, 2019). A brief look in the comments section shows the "sophistication" of his fanbase :-)

On the Eric Metaxas Show (May 6, 2019 Hour 2 starting at time code 40:35) paleontologist Gunter Bechly discloses his findings regarding human origins, giving convincing scientific reasons to remain skeptical of Neo-Darwinism in favor of Intelligent Design.


Photo: Wolfgang Eckstein
Photo: Wolfgang Eckstein

From May 29 - June 1st 2019 we had our great opening meeting for the new association Center for BioComplexity and NatureTeleology in Waidhofen an der Thaya (Austria), combined with an international symposium on teleology in nature attended by 31 invited scientists and philosophers (incl. Fr. Michael Chaberek, Michael Denton, Ann Gauger, Stephen C. Meyer, Brian Miller, Siegfried Scherer, and many others) from 14 countries, who presented 18 talks on physics, astronomy, biology, paleontology, mathematics, and philosophy. I gave a keynote address and keynote presentation on "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record" on May 29. 

 

This event was one of the biggest conferences on this subject ever in Europe.

 

More information on this new association is available on its website.


 

 

My keynote talk "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record" in Waidhofen on May 29, 2019.


The local newspaper Bezirksblätter Waidhofen reports about this event in the article "Internationale wissenschaftliche Fachtagung" (June 1, 2019).

Evolution News covered this opening meeting and symposium with the following three articles: David Klinghoffer reported that "“Teleology in Nature” Gains a Beachhead in Germany" (June 3, 2019). And my keynote address was published as "Why a New Center on Teleology in Nature?" (June 4, 2019). And finally Ann Gauger reported about our post-congress tour "Austrian Village Meets Biocomplexity and Teleology and Doesn’t Blink" (June 4, 2019).

The Dutch Christian organization Logos Instituut reports "Centrum voor Biocomplexiteit en Natuurteleologie opgericht in Oostenrijk" (June 5, 2019).

Karsten Pultz reported "Banebrydende europæisk ID-initiativ" about the event in the Danish Christian newspaper Udforderingen (June 21, 2019) and "Tysk center for BioKomplexitet" in the Norwegian journal Origo Nr. 148 (June 2019).

For a split second I appear at time code 4:59 in part 1 of Discovery Institute's documentary series  Science Uprising (June 2, 2019). Yeah, I am famous :-)


Essay "Consider me Evidence" (May 31, 2019) for Sapientia symposium "Intelligent Design as Science or Religion?", which is part of Henry Center's Creation Project funded by Templeton Foundation.

My rejoinder "Answering Questions, Addressing Objections" to Hans Madueme's redirect followed  June 13, 2019.


Brief critical comment "Logic Vs. The Multiverse: Gunter Bechly Offers Some Insights" at Uncommon Descent (June 15, 2019) about multiverse anthropic reasoning.


On June 20, 2019 I gave a remote lecture  "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record" for the Summer School (about 30 students) "The Information Enigma: Intelligent Design in the Origin of Life and the Universe" (June 17-28, 2019) organized by the Centre for Sino-Christian Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Here is the PDF handout of my lecture.


Brian Miller reported at Evolution News about this event "Teaching About Intelligent Design at Hong Kong Baptist University" (July 5, 2019). 

I was teaching two courses at Discovery Institute’s Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences:

  • July 10: "The Fossil Record: A Problem for Neo-Darwinian Evolution"
  • July 12: Paleoanthropology in "The Biology of Human Uniqueness" (with Dr. Ann Gauger)

 

 

 

 

 

Article in a Danish local newspaper (July 2019) about the founding meeting of our Zentrum für BioKomplexität & NaturTeleologie.

Bill Needle celebrates his "accomplishments" against me in a posting appropriately titled "Bullshit and Ass!!" at his Marmotism blog (July 13, 2019). Its hilarious that he is obviously unaware that the only reason why I repost his silly diatribes is that he makes such a perfect fool of himself and exhibits the common type of Darwinism fanboys, who cowardly use the anoymity of the web to propagate their hatespeech, but are as clueless as they are prole. Thanks for your help Billy Boy and keep going, you are really good in what you are doing. 

Skype-webinar on "The Waiting Time Problem & Human Origins" (July 20, 2019, 45 min. + 30 min. Q&A) for the highschool youth (40-50 people) at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, Canada.

 

German Video interview with me about my reasons to doubt Neo-Darwinism and believe in God for Stephan Lange's Christian mitdenkend YouTube channel (July 31, 2019).


Article "PBS Eons Teaches Nonsense anout Evolution" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from August 8, 2019 about numerous errors in PBS' educational videos about paleobiology.

You may have guessed it: Bill Needle once more responded on his lonesome Marmotism blog, this time with a hysterical nervous breakdown titled "Fuck and Shit and More Impotent "Advocacy" from Gunter Bechly". Next time he should better not forget to take his Prozac.😜He makes a single reasonable argument based on the work of Longo et al. (2013), which I cited and who suggested the first valid evidence for lung-swimbladder homology. However, had he researched a bit better, he would have discovered that this did not settle the question at all (e.g., Lambertz & Perry 2015, who disagree with Longo's main conclusions). Did this wimpy ignorant simpleton really think that he can outsmart me on my very own turf? Ridiculous, and a typical case of Dunning-Kruger effect.

In his response ("[Censored] ... and More Gunter Bechly Idiocy!", Sept. 1) to the above refutation of his single argument, he has nothing to offer but a frenzy of profanity, which seems to be his lame way of acknowledging utter defeat. The fact that I just censored the vulgar blasphemy in his blog post title provoked his whining response "Gunter Bechly's Fucking Censorship!" (Sept. 2), in which he idiotically calls this censoring cowardly. Funny for an anonymous coward, who hides behind a pseudonym and never risked anything for his convictions, contrary to his opponent. What a dishonorable wretched creature!

Article "Apeman Waves Goodbye to Darwinian Gradualism" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from September 6, 2019 about the sensational discovery of a new hominin skull and the various refutations of the gradualist predictions of Darwin's theory.

Clueless Bill Needle embarrasses himself once more with his response ""Apeman" Shits on Gunter Bechly" (Marmotism, Sept. 14), in which he celebrates his usual ridiculous straw man fallacies, as if I had ever claimed that Darwinism ONLY predicts anagenetic speciation, or ever claimed that the horse series is an anagenetic transition. He combines a totall lack of expertise with an even greater lack of basic reading comprehension. Obviously, this poor fellow is not the brightest candle on the cake.

I attended the conference "Intelligent Design and Alternatives to Darwinism" (52 participants) of the Israel Biocomplexity Center in Jerusalem (Sept. 17-20, 2019), where I presented an invited talk titled „Discontinuities in the Fossil Record contradict Neo-Darwinism“ on Sept. 17, 2019.

 

Danish article by Karsten Pultz about me and new paleontological results that refute gradual evolution (Udfordringen online 20. Sept. 2019, print 22. Sep. 2019).


"Right of Reply: Our Response to Jerry Coyne" by Günter Bechly, Brian Miller and David Berlinski at Quillette magazine (Sept. 29, 2019)

German radio interview with me about Intelligent Design, made by Antje Dechert for the program "Evangelische Perspektiven" channel BR2 (broadcasted Oct. 6, 2019). Unfortunately, they used only a few minutes of a nearly one hour long recorded interview. Therefore, I make the full interview here available myself.

Article "Watch: Videos Now Available from the Recent ID Conference In Austria" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from August 8, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Press release about my talk in Landshut on October 27 in the local newspaper Landshuter Zeitung (Sept. 25, 2019)

Press release about my talk in Landshut on October 27 in the local newspaper Landshut aktuell (Oct. 16, 2019)


Talk "Wissenschaftliche Hinweise gegen den Darwinismus und für Intelligentes Design" with Q&A for the Freikirche Life21 in Landshut, Germany (October 26, 2019).


Speaking engagements and other scheduled events for 2019:

  • January 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada (via Skype): Q&A on intelligent design theory (30 min., about 25 people) for St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church.
  • January 28 and March 18, 2019 (written online symposium): Henry Center's Creation Project funded by Templeton Foundation and hosted by Sapientia invited me to contribute to the symposium "If ID science is not religiously motivated, why hasn’t it gained traction among mainstream scientists?" (http://henrycenter.tiu.edu/section/creation-project/). The essays and responses will be published May 6-29, 2019.
  • February 14, 2019: Recording of two Skype interviews for ID the Future podcast.
  • February 16, 2019: Invited talk "Wissenschaftliche Argumente gegen Evolution und für Intelligentes Design" (60 min., ca. 300 people) and workshop "Der Fossilbericht als Problem für den Darwinismus" (90 min., 82 participants) as well as a panel interview by Dr. Matthias Burhenne (ca. 300 people) at a conference on belief and science at the Wiedenester Gemeindetagung 2019 (15.-16. Febr.) of the German Christian organization Forum Wiedenest (https://www.wiedenest.de/forum-wiedenest/alle-veranstaltungen.html).
  • March 8-10, 2019 in Corona de Mar, CA, USA: Presentation "The Intelligent Design Movement in German-speaking Europe" at Discovery Institute's meeting commemorating the Pajaro Dunes meeting 1993 (35 attendees). Also recording of an interview for TBN.
  • March 14, 2019 in Munich, Germany: Talk „Fragen zur Evolutionstheorie“ (60 min. + 30 min Q&A, about 30 people) at the German Catholic association KKV Hansa München e.V. (recorded for Radio HOREB).
  • April 25, 2019: Recording of a  radio interview on human origins for The Eric Metaxas Show, aired May 6.
  • May 29 - June 1, 2019 in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria: Lecture "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record" at the international symposium on teleology in nature (31 attendees) organized by me for the opening event of the new scientific association Zentrum für BioKomplexität und NaturTeleologie.
  • June 3-7, 2019 in Florence, Italy: Presentation „Revolutions in the History of Life“ at a private conference (43 attendees) on "revolutions" in different areas and disciplines.
  • June 20, 2019 in Hong Kong (via Zoom): Remote lecture  "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record" for the Summer School (about 30 students) "The Information Enigma: Intelligent Design in the Origin of Life and the Universe" (June 17-28, 2019) organized by the Centre for Sino-Christian Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • July 5-13, 2019 in Seattle (via Zoom): Lectures  on "The Fossil Record: A Problem for Neo-Darwinian Evolution" (July 10) and (with Dr. Ann Gauger) on "The Biology of Human Uniqueness" (July 12) at Discovery Institute’s CSC Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences (https://www.discovery.org/id/summer-seminars/natural-sciences/).
  • July 20, 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada (via Skype): Presentation on "The Waiting Time Problem & Human Origins" (45 min. + 30 min. Q&A) for the youth at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church (40-50 people expected).
  • July 29, 2019: Recording of a video interview with me by Stephan Lange for the mitdenkend YouTube channel, published on July 31, 2019.
  • August 27, 2019: Recording of German radio interview with me by Antje Dechert for the BR2 podcast "Evangelische Perspektiven" about evolution and intelligent design.
  • September, 17-20, 2019 in Jerusalem, Israel. Invited talk "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record contradict Neo-Darwinism" (25 min. + Q&A) at the conference "Intelligent Design and Alternatives to Darwinism" (Sept. 18) of the Israel Biocomplexity Center, attended by 52 participants.
  • October 2019: Written interview by R.C. Kunst for his Applied Truth apologetics ministry.
  • October 26, 2019 in Landshut, Germany: Invited talk "Wissenschaftliche Hinweise gegen den Darwinismus und für Intelligentes Design" with Q&A at the Freikirche Life 21.
  • November 13, 2019:  Skype interview by Ali Sirini and Alex Ahmed from Australia about ID  and suppression of dissent in academia
  • December 14, 2019: Recording of a TV-interview with me for a TV series by Salma Hassaballa for EL Huda TV.