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New Science Blog Focuses on Controversial Theory of Intelligent Design

SEATTLE, APRIL 5 –— The controversial theory of intelligent design is the subject of a new science blog called Intelligent Design The Future, online at Its purpose is to explore the growing scientific evidence for purpose and design in the universe and living systems.

“There is a great lack of understanding about intelligent design,” says Jay Richards, vice president and senior fellow with the Center for Science and Culture, a program of the Discovery Institute. “The national debate about intelligent design, as well as the criticisms of theories such as Neo-Darwinism, has gotten very heated. We hope our blog will infuse the debate with more light and less heat. The public deserves to hear from ID theorists directly, without the mainstream media filter, which usually distorts the nature of the debate and the evidence that’s inspiring the debate.”

Intelligent Design The Future is a multiple contributor weblog whose participants include the nation’s leading design scientists and theorists: biochemist Michael Behe, mathematician William Dembski, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, science philosophers Stephen Meyer, Paul Nelson, and Jay Richards, molecular biologist Jonathan Wells, and science writer Jonathan Witt. Posts will focus primarily on the intellectual issues at stake in the debate over intelligent design, rather than its implications for education, public policy, or whatever.

“This is the first time that the public has had a chance to read all in one place the leading design scientists thoughts on current scientific news and issues,” said Richards, one of the blogs main contributors.. “The contributors represent different academic disciplines and often have different interests, so will be eclectic and keep people coming back.”

Richards said that visitors can expect regular posts from biology, astronomy, philosophy, cosmology, physics, and the human sciences. Most posts will be brief, providing editorial comment and links to relevant articles and discussions.

“We will alert readers to recent articles that bear on design in the universe,” said Richards. “And we will speak directly on current events as they relate to intelligent design, materialism, reductionism, and other related intellectual issues.”

Discovery Institute

Discovery Institute promotes thoughtful analysis and effective action on local, regional, national and international issues. The Institute is home to an inter-disciplinary community of scholars and policy advocates dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued.