Who: Dr. Jonathan Wells
Where: University of California, Berkeley
What: Developmental Biology with research in embryology and evolution
Many features of living organisms are more easily understood if one assumes that they are designed. A design-based paradigm would be good for biology in at least two respects: (a) biologists would not have to waste time trying to explain how organisms originated by random variation and survival of the fittest; and (b) a design-based paradigm would encourage the sort of top-down thinking which alone is capable of discovering the laws of embryonic development (as classical embryologists acknowledged, the end-point of development remains constant even though the intervening pathways may vary, suggesting that a reductionistic approach will not work).
The opposition which I have encountered so far has consisted mainly of more-or-less polite disagreements at public lectures and academic conferences. I was, however, denied a college biology teaching position because (according to non-biology faculty members at the same college) I advocate taking a broader approach to biological issues than Darwinian reductionism permits. For example, I believe that if Darwinian arguments AGAINST design are allowed in the science classroom, they should be balanced with a presentation of the evidence FOR design.