Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

Meyer, Stephen C.
Harper Collins
August 31, 2009
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In Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, Director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, shows that the digital code embedded in DNA points to a designing intelligence and helps unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address: how did life begin? Meyer tells the story of the successive attempts to explain the origin of life and develops a case for intelligent design (ID) based on new evidence using the same scientific method that Darwin himself pioneered.

Putting his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University to work, Meyer explores and dissects current evolutionary theories of life to demonstrate that there is no existing naturalistic explanation sufficient to explain the molecular information found in the cell. Meyer proposes that intelligent design is a superior explanation for this information.  However, Meyer shows that ID is not a mere negative argument against evolution as he explains the positive rationale for inferring intelligent design:

“Our uniform experience affirms that specified information-whether inscribed hieroglyphics, written in a book, encoded in a radio signal, or produced in a simulation experiment-always arises from an intelligent source, from a mind and not a strictly material process.” (pg. 347)

Packed with over 600 pages, this book is filled with fresh and comprehensible information that serves as a road map for its readers to understand why ID is science and what it can offer the scientific community. Regardless of one’s views on ID, Signature in the Cell can be used as a tool for all readers to understand the logic of the design argument, which ultimately led Meyer to affirm the theory of intelligent design as the best explanation of digital information in DNA.

The evidence for design runs deep throughout the cosmos, from physics to cosmology to DNA and biochemistry.  Landmark ID books have made some of these arguments--the evidence for design in cosmology was outlined in The Privileged Planet, and the evidence of “irreducible complexity” in biochemistry was demonstrated in Darwin’s Black Box.  But the case for design in biological information and the origin of life is made no where better than in Meyer’s Signature in the Cell. This book is an essential addition to any intelligent design library.



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