When Behe met a pregraduate student…

Michael Behe, that Don Quixote of “intelligent design” who never tires of tilting at windmills of “fatal flaws” in evolutionary theory that he think he’s identified, did quite a bit of tilting at HIV in his book.

Watch his blathering taken down by a pre-graduate student named Abbie. It’s so good it’s been republished at Panda’s Thumb.



  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    August 3, 2007

    The commenters over at the Panda’s Thumb mentioned Behe’s appearance on The Colbert Report, so I had to watch it.

  2. #2 J-Dog
    August 3, 2007

    I loved Abbie’s post! If I weren’t happily married, I would have to get divorced, just so I could propose to that Abbie. What a beautiful mind!

    Behe looked and sounded like a clown on Colbert, which makes sense, as Behe is like the Colbert of the ID movement. He acts and talks one way, but he can’t really believe in the inane drivel he spews, can he?

  3. #3 Keith Sader
    August 3, 2007

    Has Behe taught any undergrads that have done anything useful?

  4. #4 wolfwalker
    August 3, 2007

    Enjoy a lot. That’s one of the best takedowns of a creationist argument that I’ve seen in years.

  5. #5 Petri
    August 3, 2007

    The ignorance surrounding evolution is just astounding sometimes. Most creationists wouldn’t be convinced of evolution if an HIV virus evolved into an ape right before their eyes. The problem is that IDers can wax eloquent about their theories in the vernacular while any scientific refutation requires some level of education. Maybe that’s why they don’t want evolution taught in schools.

  6. #6 ERV
    August 3, 2007

    Thanks, Orac 🙂 Im very glad you all enjoy it!

    You all can see for yourself exactly how often and how firmly Behe states that there are no new genes and no new protein-protein interactions if you thumb through ‘EoE’ at a bookstore. Page 137-ish forward. I think that makes Vpu even funnier.

  7. #7 plunge
    August 3, 2007

    Now now, noted Nobel prize winner Yasser Arafat said that evolution is a lie, so maybe there’s something to it all, right? I mean, Nobel Prize winners are experts on absolutely everything, right? Right?

  8. #8 mark
    August 3, 2007

    I saw Behe’s performance on Colbert just a moment ago. Poor man–he should feel so very embarrassed, yet cannot.

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