Advocacy against Materialism and Neo-Darwinism: 2020


Article "Did Cloudinids Have the Guts to be Worms" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from January 7, 2020 about the alleged discovery of the oldest fossil gut system from Ediacaran fossils.

Darwinist cockroach Bill Needle comments vulgar and incompetent as always at his Marmotism blog (Jan. 30, 2020).

Norwegian Article about me titled "Tok «feil» bøker med hjem" by Dag Erlandsen (based on paper by Karsten Pultz) at the biocosmos website (Jan. 21, 2020).

Article "The Oldest Scorpion and the Decadence of Evolutionary Science" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from January 21, 2020.

David Klinghoffer commented in "Scientific “Decadence” and the Myth of Objectivity" at Evolution News from January 22, 2020. And Uncommon Descent commented "Gunter Bechly On The Decadence Of Evolutionary Science" on January 25, 2020.

Renowned arthropologist Prof. William Shear agreed at the Paleoentomology Facebook group (January 23, 2020) that the scorpion paper "is turning into a classic example of over-hyped paleontology" and confirmed that my "critique of this paper is quite valid".

Of course, wannabe expert Bill Needle thinks he knows better and commented "A Gunter Bechly Intelligent Design Creationism Propaganda Shitpost About Nothing!" at his Marmotism blog (Febr. 14, 2020). This deplorable fellow clearly has mental issues.

The Evolution News article "A Bridge Too Far? In Search of Precambrian Sponges" (Sept. 22, 2020) provides an update with the refutation of Namapoikia as metazoan animal.

The new German book "Schwarzbuch Wikipedia" edited by Andreas Mäckler and published at zeitgeist on February 28, 2020 reports about censorship, fakenews and cyber mobbing at Wikipedia and also includes a chapter by me titled "Happy Darwin Day! Zensor des Jahres ist Wikipedia".

 

There also is a Facebook page.

 

Favorable German review "Wikipedia: Die Im Dunkeln Sieht Man NIcht" by Prof. Walter Krämer at Die Achse des Guten (April 20, 2020), who was a member of the scientific council of the German skeptic organization GWUP.


Article "Ancestor of All Animals in 555-Million-Year-Old Ediacaran Sediments?" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from March 26, 2020 about the alleged discovery of the oldest bilaterian animal from the Ediacaran.

Featured as "Was The “Ancestor Of All Animals” Really Identified Recently?" at Uncommon Descent (March 28, 2020).

"Interview: Gunter Bechly Paleontologist" at R.C. Kunst's blog Theology Fellow (March 28, 2002) about the theory of evolution and its problems with special reference to the fossil record .

 

Interview with me by Andrew McDiarmid for ID the Future podcast titled "Günter Bechly Says Goodbye to Darwinian Gradualism(April 6, 2020).


 

Interview with me by Andrew McDiarmid for ID the Future podcast titled "Günter Bechly: Still More Evidence Against Darwinian Gradualism(April 8, 2020).


 

In this YouTube video lecture "Stephen Meyer Investigates Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design (Lecture 1)" and also presents my story at timecode 3:28-5:10 (published by Discovery Institute on April 15, 2020).


Invited presentation "A Journey from Atheism to Christianity and Intelligent Design" (April 22, 6-7 pm EST, 134 attendees) with Q&A for the annual meeting of the Christian Scientific Society, that was this year held as an online webinar because of the Covid-19 crisis. A recording of the talk will be available soon.

 

 

Interview with me about intelligent design theory on Zain Khan Live (May 5, 2020).


 

 

The Danish book "Enter ID: Videnskaben udforderer Darwin" by Karsten Pultz (2020) features my story (pp. 25-28) and part of my paleontological work for intelligent design theory (chapter 6, pp. 121-133).


Article "The Myth of Precambrian Sponges" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from May 26, 2020 debunking all alleged evidence for fossil sponges prior to the Cambrian Explosion.

At his Marmotism blog Bill Needle responded on May 18 with another inept rant of ad hominem and strawman fallacies without adressing any of the scientific arguments. Unfortunately, this is quite typical for ignorant science deniers like him, who are driven by their dogmatic world view rather than by a rational analysis of the empirical evidence.

Distinguished fossil sponge specialist Dr. Joseph Botting had a much more positive view during a brief exchange at the Facebook group The Cambrian Period on September 18, 2020:

Article "The Demise of the Artifact Hypothesis" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from July 6, 2020 about modern evidence against the artifact hypothesis, which tried to explain away the abruptness of the Cambrian Explosion as an artifact of an incomplete fossil record in the preceding Ediacaran era.

First part of my article "Namacalathus, an Ediacaran Lophophorate Animal?" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from July 9, 2020 about another alleged Ediacaran animal.

Second part of my article "Namacalathus, Alleged Ediacaran “Animal,” Fails to Refute Abrupt Cambrian Explosion" on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News from July 10, 2020 about another alleged Ediacaran animal.

Zoom presentation and Q&A about the waiting-time-project for Discovery Institute's The Sixteenth Annual Insiders Briefing on Intelligent Design in Seattle (USA) with 188 attendees (Aug. 8, 2020). This year as online event because of the Covid-19 crisis.

German article "Ein Evolutionsbiologe beginnt zu zweifeln" about me at the Jesus Christus Wiki (Aug. 8, 2020).

14 part article series on the Ediacaran organism Kimberella on Discovery Institute's site Evolution News (complete series here):

The article "Bechly Series: No Ancestors for Cambrian Animals; Darwin’s Doubt Remains" by David Klinghoffer at Evolution News (Sept. 24, 2020) provides links to the whole  the series in chronological order with some kind comments.

 

On September 8, 2020 the journal Palaeontologia Electronica published a link to the first part of my article series on their Facebook page, and anti-ID activists immediately went ballistic (see screenshot right).

 

Just a view minutes later the usual censorship worked and the link was deleted with an obeisant apology:


Life interview via Zoom on the question "Wozu hat Gott zunächst mächtige Dinosaurier geschaffen und dann wieder austerben lassen?" (in German) for the YouTube channel of the Freie Christengemeinde Frankenthal (September 8, 2020).


 

 

Plaudit for Michael Denton's new book "The Miracle of the Cell" (Oct. 2020)


 

Interview with me by Andrew McDiarmid for ID the Future podcast titled "The Demise of the Artifact Hypothesis(Oct. 5, 2020).


Speaking engagements and other scheduled events for 2020:

  • February 10, 2020 (via Zoom): Presentation "Scientific Arguments against Neo-Darwinism and for Intelligent Design" (60 min.) and Q&A (30 min.)  for the Egyptian YouTube channel  ورينا نفسك.
  • February 28, 2020 (via Zencastr): Recording of two episodes for the ID the Future podcast.
  • March 13-14, 2020: Two public talks "Wissenschaftliche Argumente gegen Darwinismus und für Intelligentes Design" and "Rationale Gründe für den Glauben an Gott" (each 45 min. + 30-40 min. Q&A) for the interdenominational ICF Berlin - Grünheide (Germany).
    CANCELLED because of Covid-19 and postponed to 2021!
  • April 21-22, 2020 (via Skype): Invited talk (40 min. + 10 min. Q&A, 134 attendees) "A Journey from Atheism to Christianity and Intelligent Design" on April 22 at the annual meeting of the Christian Scientific Society at Biola campus in Los Angeles (USA). This year the event is exclusively online (live streaming) because of Covid-19.
  • June 4-7, 2020: Invited talk "Discontinuities in the Fossil Record contradict Neo-Darwinism" (20 min. + 5 min. Q&A) at the Catholic conference "Faith, Science and Community" in Budapest (Hungary). CANCELLED because of Covid-19.
  • June 6: Online Q&A (via Zoom) on the Stephen Meyer's book "Darwin's Doubt" for the Houston Chapter of Discovery Institute's Science & Culture Network. About 25 participants, 90 minutes.
  • June 15-19, 2020: Private conference in Florence (Italy) on progress and decadence in culture, society, and science. CANCELLED because of Covid-19 and re-scheduled for 2021!
  • July 14, 2020 (via Zoom): Q&A (60 min.) on "More Fossil Discontinuities in the History of Life" for the ID Summer Seminars in Seattle (USA) with 47 participants.
  • July 15, 2020 (via Zoom): Q&A (60 min.) on "Waiting Times and Other Obstacles to Evolution" for the ID Summer Seminars in Seattle (USA) with 47 participants.
  • July 16, 2020 (via Zoom): Office Hour (60 min.) on the fossil record for the ID Summer Seminars in Seattle (USA) with 5 participants.
  • July 17, 2020 (via Zoom): Q&A (60 min.) on "Biology of Human Uniqueness" (as substitute for Ann Gauger) for the ID Summer Seminars in Seattle (USA) with 47 participants.
  • August 8, 2020 (via Zoom): Presentation of the waiting-time-project for The Sixteenth Annual Insiders Briefing on Intelligent Design in Seattle (USA) with 188 attendees.
  • August 30, 2020 (via Zoom): Webinar "Does the Fossil Record support Darwin?" with Q&A for students in Israel (29 participants).
  • August 30, 2020: Guest speaker at the free evangelical church Prisma in Rapperswil (Switzerland). CANCELLED and postponed to 2021 because of Covid-19.
  • September 8, 2020: Life interview via Zoom on the question "Wozu hat Gott zunächst mächtige Dinosaurier geschaffen und dann wieder austerben lassen?" (in German) for the YouTube channel of the Freie Christengemeinde Frankenthal.
  • September 28, 2020: Recording of a podcast for ID the Future.
  • October 23, 2020: Recording of a podcast for ID the Future.
  • October or November 2020: Three invited talks "Zweifel an Darwin" for Forum C  in Stuttgart and Life in Plüdershausen (Germany). CANCELLED and postponed to 2021 because of Covid-19.
  • Planned for fall 2020 (via Zoom): Webinar on my reasons for endorsing intelligent design theory for the Dallas, Houston, and CO chapter of the Science & Culture Network. Postponed because of conflicting schedules.