Michael Behe and His Critics

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Looking forward to the release of Darwin Devolves, I noticed that computational biologist Joshua Swamidass at Washington University claims that Michael Behe avoids engaging critics. What?! Swamidass lodges the same charge against Douglas Axe. This is so plainly false it just about made my jaw fall open:My concerns about Behe and Axe are more substantial than the wording of a phrase here or there. Having seen a preprint of his book, I’m very concerned about Behe’s unwillingness to engage with critics. I am doubly concerned about Axe’s unwillingness.Swamidass, writing at Peaceful Science, subsequently added a note of correction, partly taking it back.Both have selectively engaged at times with scientists in the past. The concern here is in the response to requests to engage and clarify over the last several years.Biologist Ann Gauger notes in response to Swamidass, “To accuse [Behe and Axe] of making an end run around the scientific establishment is disingenuous. They have already faced the scientific establishment.” Whether the subject is Behe or Axe’s work, there is plenty to argue about, but that is inarguable.In the case of Dr. Axe, you can see his contributions to Evolution News here, and they are replete with replies to critics, about as recent as you could wish. In Dr. Behe’s case, his contributions to Evolution News are archived here, and you’ll see that what he’s doing is not posting cat videos or pictures of his meals, à la evolutionist Jerry Coyne who has so far carped about Behe’s book title, but instead offering highly substantive analyses, critiques, and replies to other scientists.On irreducible complexity and on his immediately prior book, The Edge of Evolution, replies to critics by Behe and others are, respectively, archived here and here. His record of interplay with critics and other scientists is also maintained at Uncommon Descent.Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution is out in February but a great preorder deal with valuable perks is available here, including a 41-part online course with Dr. Behe. If the past is any guide, where the critics are substantive rather than snarky or patronizing, we’re in for a good debate.Photo: Michael Behe in Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines, via Discovery Institute. Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended TagsAnn GaugerbiologycriticsDarwin DevolvesDNAevolutionintelligent designJerry CoyneJoshua SwamidassMichael BehePeaceful Sciencescientific establishmentThe Edge of EvolutionUncommon DescentWashington University,Trending A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Allcenter_img Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share Intelligent Design Michael Behe and His CriticsDavid [email protected]_klinghofferNovember 24, 2018, 4:00 AM Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

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Pentair updates on coronavirus impact

first_imgPentair said it is withdrawing its previous first quarter and full year 2020 guidance that it provided on 28th January (2020) as this prior earning guidance did not reflect any impact from coronavirus (Covid-19).The specialised food and beverage equipment manufacturer said it cannot predict at this time if additional disruption in its facilities may arise or to the extent to which demand will be impacted by Covid-19.John L. Stauch, Pentair President and CEO, said, “This is an unprecedented time, and our focus, like yours, is the health and well-being of our employees, our customers, and our communities.”“A crisis such as this reminds us that the need for water touches nearly everything we do. No matter who we are or where we live, we are all connected by our reliance on clean, safe water.”“Pentair is in strong financial condition and we believe we are well-positioned to navigate the uncertainty of the current environment.”“We are taking appropriate steps to reduce expenses and manage costs, reduce or defer capital spending, and closely manage our working capital.”“We believe the company has a solid balance sheet and adequate liquidity to navigate through these challenging times.”“While we cannot currently forecast the length of the disruption, we expect that based on our sound strategy and the resiliency of our business, we will be in a good position when the environment improves.”The company plans to provide an update on full year 2020 guidance when it announces its first quarter 2020 results.last_img read more

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