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Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse is the author of more than a dozen books on evolution and creationism, including Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? (Harvard, 2003), Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? (Cambridge, 2004), and The Evolution-Creation Struggle (Harvard, 2005). His new book, Darwinism and Its Discontents, is forthcoming from Cambridge in 2006. A longtime opponent of creationism in the classroom, Ruse was a state witness in the 1981 case in Arkansas that led a federal judge to outlaw the teaching “creation science” in public schools. He teaches the history and philosophy of science at Florida State University.


Flawed Intelligence, Flawed Design

Spring 2006 | Essays

In 1996, a then-unknown professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, in Pennsylvania, published a book in which he claimed to be the author of a scientific discovery of the magnitude of those of Copernicus or Newton. Those of us in academia who interact with the general public know only too well that there are many people out there with this kind of belief. At least once a week I get a thick envelope containing pages on pages of mathematics showing that God is truly the number pi, or that world peace can be found in the outer reaches of modern topology. The internet has only made things worse. At least these people, unlike many of my other correspondents, feel no need to assure me that they will pray for me—or, conversely, regret that I am past praying for.