More Wallace … this time with added Dembski.
Dembski just announced a forthcoming book for which he is apparently writing a foreword: Michael A. Flannery (ed.) Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism. Flannery (MA, MLS) is associate director for historical collections at Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham and claims to have “published extensively on the history of medicine, pharmacy, and bioethics” [pdf] and is a recipient of the Edward Kremers Award for outstanding scholarship in pharmaceutical (rather than biological or evolutionary) history by an American. I have never encountered his historical work but will note that (see the pdf link above) that he appears sympathetic to ID. Witness (again from the pdf):
Actually, ID is not creationism. It makes no claim about the nature of the designer. All ID says is that there are certain features of living systems that are best explained by reference to an intelligent cause rather than an undirected natural process. It states no more and no less. It is, in fact, so minimalist in its claims that it can be embraced by a wide spectrum of belief systems from Judeo-Christian to Moslem and many more.
Indeed, Flannery suggests “either teach both [design and naturalistic evolution] in the science classroom or, recognizing the metaphysical premises of each, teach neither and reserve them for humanities classes in history or philosophy.”
I can find no other information on the book so I cannot comment on who has provided papers. I will be surprised if any of the notable experts on Wallace (Peter Raby, Martin Fichman, or Charles H. Smith) are involved. We have known that Wallace’s version of evolution differed from Darwin’s for quite a while now. Why we need Flannery and Dembski writing about it, I don’t know.