Wells as Scientist


Yesterday, I provided a brief examination of Behe’s scientific output since he published Darwins Black Box in 1996, and argued that his adoption of ID effectively stopped any research output. Just as a follow-up of sorts, let’s look at Jonathan Well’s whom we are reminded by Witham is a “biologist [and] design theorist”.

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Alas, I’m not familiar with Witham’s book. Does he say anything about Dr. Schaeffer, the ID physicist from Georgia? If he does, if you get to those credentials, e-mail me.

Five-time Nobel nominee? Really?

No mention of Schaeffer in By Design. He mentions him in Where Darwin Meets the Bible and notes “his papers are among the most frequently cited by other scientists” (p. 206). He doesn’t tie him to DI or mention the “Nobel” rumor.


I recently discussed Schaefer on my blog.


I am revising it for PT.

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“My name is John Wellington Wells, I’m a dealer in magic and spells, In blessings and curses And ever-filled purses, In prophecies, witches, and knells. “

- W.S. Gilbert, “The Sorceror”

GFA Wrote:

There was a thread at IIDB about Schaefer’s nominations a little while back. Seems as if the only thing required to get nominated is having someone send a letter in your favor to the committee.

However, it should be noted that only certain people are allowed to nominate.


Larabell CA, Rowning BA, Wells, J, Wu M, Gerhart JC. Confocal microscopy analysis of living Xenopus eggs and the mechanism of cortical rotation. Development. 1996 Apr;122(4):1281-9.

Rowning BA, Wells J, Wu M, Gerhart JC, Moon RT, Larabell CA. Microtubule-mediated transport of organelles and localization of beta-catenin to the future dorsal side of Xenopus eggs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Feb 18;94(4):1224-9.

so in wells’ ~10 years of grad school and post-doc research, he is only able to produce 2nd and 3rd author publications? why don’t we see what BA Rowning’s position on ID is. certainly, he/she is better qualified to judge matters of biology than wells.

Jonathan Wells current job description is “apologist”. We need to get in the habit of using proper descriptions.

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