Sometimes I wish I lived in the UK. I can't imagine such a rational and fair discussion airing in the states, not even on NPR maybe.
Interview on Australian ABC affiliate.
Article in the Guardian on the old "New Atheists."
Morris's cool book _Inevitable Humans_.
A summary of some of his ideas from Wikipedia.
Simon Conway Morris's homepage in the Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge U.
He's well known for his work on evolutionary convergence, the fact that certain features seem to evolve independently and almost inevitably. This has lead him to make the controversial claim--for which he however makes a good case based on the convergence data he's famous for in his field--that if there were life on other planets, it wold likely resemble life on Earth to a remarkable degree.
There are two potential applications of his work (at least) concerning the design argument. One is that it would settle a dilemma posed in this paper by Dougherty and Poston: "A User's Guide to Design Arguments." I.e. it would show that there is possibly a good fine-tuning argument for God's existence, but not a good biological design argument.
Second, it would go some way toward defeating the "strange alternative forms of life" objection to the fine-tuning argument.
I welcome both these results.