Jim Valentine, the Cambrian Explosion and ID
Jonathan Wells claims:
Illustra Media interviewed [Simon] Conway Morris and [James] Valentine for this project in October and November of 2006—less than three years ago. Both Morris and Valentine knew they were being interviewed by Illustra Media, which was well known for having previously produced two pro-intelligent design films, Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet. They were not deceived in any way.
Jim Valentine says:
I wish to clarify my role in the new film Darwin’s Dilemma. When I was interviewed about a decade ago for the material used in this movie, I was unaware that this interview might appear in a film promoting intelligent design. My appearance should not be misconstrued as support for any creationist agenda.
Now who are you going to believe?
Valentine did an interview in 1993 regarding the origin of phyla for a DVD sold by ARN. I wonder whether that footage is the same one being re-used for Darwin’s Dilemma, the latest Illustra Media piece. (Strangely, the YouTube sample of the older Valentine interview is no longer available.)
Valentine goes on to state:
I disagree with the view that the best explanation for the Cambrian record is the action of an “intelligent designer” instantaneously creating phyla. Had the filmmakers bothered to read my book On the Origin of Phyla, they would have understood that I do not support a creationist interpretation of the Cambrian explosion or the fossil record. Scientific findings in many fields, including my own (paleobiology) as well as geology, geophysics, geochemistry, developmental biology, and systematics, have led to a synthesis of the events surrounding the Cambrian explosion that is in full accord with well-established evolutionary principles.
Yet another case of an expert being misused by denialists.