SEATTLE – “The new website launched today, intelligentdesign.org, provides people searching for information about intelligent design (ID) online an easy way to access the leading ID websites,” says Robert Crowther, director of communications for the Center for Science & Culture at Discovery Institute. Discovery Institute is hosting the new site on its servers.
According to Crowther, intelligentdesign.org is not a Discovery Institute focused website, but rather a site that highlights the websites owned and operated by a number of pro-ID organizations, scientists and scholars, such as the Intelligent Design Network, Access Research Network, and Uncommondescent.com.
One of the main resources at intelligentdesign.org is a list of ID FAQs maintained by different ID organizations. Defining what intelligent design theory is all about is an important function of the site, which Crowther hopes will help to counter the many misrepresentations of the theory that can be found online.
“Unfortunately, people who search for information about intelligent design on the internet are often finding only websites that attack the theory and give out false definitions and explanations of what it is,” said Crowther. “We wanted to provide a site that would lead people to accurate information about what the theory of intelligent design is, and what sorts of scientific and scholarly research is being done by design proponents.”
Intelligentdesign.org also highlights the most popular pro-ID blogs with headlines from those blogs being updated on an hourly basis. Blogs listed include Discovery’s own Evolution News & Views (http://www.evolutionnews.org), Post-Darwinist (http://post-darwinist.blogspot.com/), Uncommon Descent (http://www.uncommondescent.com), Telic Thoughts (http://www.telicthoughts.com), the ID Update (http://www.arn.org/blogs/) and the podcast ID The Future (http://www.idthefuture.com).
The site provides links to science, education, and policy articles related to intelligent design issues and authored by a wide array of scientists, scholars and policy experts.
There are links on the science page to a number of key scientific papers explaining the theory, from basic, easily understood non-technical pieces, to deeper, peer-reviewed scientific papers geared to the science community.
The site includes a resource page with links to pro-ID blogs, scientists’ websites, research organizations, video and multimedia materials, and ID organizations both in the US and around the world.
“There is growing public interest to learn more about intelligent design, and we want people to hear from ID proponents themselves about what the theory is and what they are doing to research and promote it,” said Crowther.