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Signature of Controversy: Responses to Critics of Signature in the Cell

About the Book

Published in 2009, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (SITC) is recognized as establishing one of the strongest pillars underlying the argument for intelligent design.  To call the book fascinating and important is an understatement. No less interesting in its way, however, was the critical response and it is with that this book is concerned. For the fact is that despite SITC being written about in print and online by numerous friends and foes of intelligent-design theory, few—if any—of the critics really grappled with the substance of Meyer’s argument.  This is remarkable and telling.  In this digital book which includes live links to the critics’ own writings, defenders of SITC analyze the hostile response.



David Berlinski is a Senior Fellow in the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. He is the author of numerous books, including The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions (Crown Forum), Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics (Modern Library), The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky(Harcourt), The Advent of the Algorithm (Harcourt Brace), Newton’s Gift (Free Press), and A Tour of the Calculus (Pantheon). Berlinski received his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University and was later a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics and molecular biology at Columbia University. He lives in Paris.


David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and the author ofThe Lord Will Gather Me In: My Journey to Orthodox Judaism (Free Press),Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History(Doubleday), The Discovery of God: Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism(Doubleday), and other books. He writes the Kingdom of Priests blog for Beliefnet. He is a former literary editor of National Review.


Casey Luskin is an attorney with graduate degrees in both science and law. He earned his BS and MS in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego. In his role at Discovery Institute, Luskin works as Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs, helping educators and policymakers nationwide to teaching evolution accurately. Luskin has published in both law and science journals, including Journal of Church and StateMontana Law Review; Geochemistry, Geophysics, and GeosystemsHamline Law Review; Liberty University Law Review; University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy; and Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design.


Stephen C. Meyer is Director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and a founder both of the intelligent design movement and of the Center for Science & Culture, intelligent design’s primary intellectual and scientific headquarters. Dr. Meyer is a Cambridge University-trained philosopher of science, the author of peer-reviewed publications in technical, scientific, philosophical and other books and journals. His signal contribution to ID theory is given most fully in Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, published by HarperOne in June 2009. For more information on the book, and more about Dr. Meyer’s views on intelligent design, visit the book’s website at


Paul A. Nelson received his PhD from the University of Chicago in philosophy. He is a philosopher of biology, specializing in evo-devo and developmental biology. He has published articles in such journals as Biology & Philosophy, Zygon, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Touchstone, and chapters in the anthologies Mere Creation, Signs of Intelligence, and Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics.


Jay Richards is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, Executive Editor of The Stream, and a contributing editor of The American at the American Enterprise Institute. In recent years he has been a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and a research fellow and director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. His most recent book isMoney, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem(HarperOne). Richards is also executive producer of several documentaries, including The Call of the EntrepreneurThe Birth of Freedom, and Effective Stewardship (Acton Media and Zondervan).


Richard Sternberg is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He joined Biologic Institute as a principal investigator in 2007. With expertise in evolutionary biology and bioinformatics, he studies the organization of genomic information and how it relates to organismal form. Holding PhDs in molecular evolution and in systems science, he has been a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information and a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, where he served as editor of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.