Didier Raoult

Didier Raoult

Aix-Marseille Université, France;

Didier Raoult, MD PhD, Director of one of the largest research groups in infectious diseases and microbiology. He had his MD in 1981 in Marseille and PhD in 1985 in Montpellier, France. He is the author and co-author of more than 2000 scientific publications. Didier Raoult is devoted to research in infectious diseases, especially in the field of emerging microbes. His team isolated for the first time over 20% of bacteria isolated in humans, more than 50% of archaes from man, and his team is the origin of the discovery of four viral families, the first virus giant Mimivirus, and also Marseillevirus, Faustovirus the virophage, the first virus infecting viruses by making them sick. 

Didier is the most cited microbiologist in Europe according to ISI and was cited more the 5000 times in 2012. He has trained more than 457 foreign scientists in his lab since 1998 with more than 1950 articles referred in ISI or Pubmed. He is the more prolific French scientist, anytime, in any field.

The basic research Didier Raoult carries out is devoted to evolution and it goes mostly against neo-Darwinian theory.

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The absence of the tree of life (a biblical term) that should be replaced by a rhizome of life, which alone allows us to understand that all beings are mosaics of genes and are not at the end of an unique branch with a common ancestor. I think that none of the initial definitions of Darwin is correct and of course I do not believe that the Bible has predicted evolution any better. On the contrary, my hypothesis is that Darwin is the father of intelligent design because the Darwinian theory is perfectly in line with the terms and that of the biblical vision. The induction of change only by chance, the principle of natural selection, and negation of adaptation, are untrue. Moreover I believe that most changes are rising from stochastic, catastrophic events that eliminate species mostly randomly. The idea of gradualism is also mostly untrue. The origin of humans brought also extreme confusion from Darwin. Firstly with the perpetuation of the racist idea that there are several human species and subspecies ("Descent of Man"). Finally, the Darwinian model prevented to understand that archaic humans were a single species who interbred of whom we are the descendants. As the scientific theory the Darwin theory is false now, but Nietzsche was claiming that it was naive and false in the XIX° century.

Didier Raoult wrote several works directly related to reflection on evolution, one in French named "Beyond Darwin" and the other in English on Kindle named "Of Ignorance and blindness”.