Saturday, February 14, 2015

#1288: Henry Zuill

Henry Zuill is Professor emeritus at Union College (Nebraska), a Seventh Day Adventist college whose science and mathematical division states, among other things, that it “… concentrates on helping students to know God as the Creator while providing plenty of practical experience.” That may not sound particularly scientific to you, and indeed, it isn’t. Zuill apparently does have a biology degree (from Loma Linda University), but he is also signatory to the CMI listof scientists alive today who accept the biblical account of creation, as well as to the Discovery Institute’s petition A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism. Zuill may otherwise be relatively lowkey, but writes articles for various religious organization – and no, he does not seem to have done any scientific research at least for the last 30 years, which is no surprise given the antipathy he apparently harbors toward that enterprise. He is also affiliated with Answers in Genesis, it seems.

Among his main objections to evolution is that, according to him, evolution cannot explain the emergence of ecology. It is a bit unclear what precisely he has in mind, but it seems to be a rather blatant application of a teleological fallacy.

Diagnosis: Lowkey madman, and a perfect way to round up round two of our encyclopedia with an appropriately feeble whimper.

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