El Tejon Letter

Dear Mr. Wight: I am an attorney with the Discovery Institute, the leading organization supporting scientific research into intelligent design. Recently I became aware of the “Philosophy of design” course offered at Frazier Mountain High School. The title and nature of this course are problematic and appear to misrepresent the content of the course and intelligent design.

Findings of Fact and Conclusion of Law in Kitzmiller v. Dover

Plaintiffs request that the Court adopt the following Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law based on the evidence adduced at trial. Plaintiffs’ detailed findings of fact are summarized in the ultimate findings of fact on pages 141-48. Legal authority and argument supporting the Conclusions of Law are set forth in the accompanying Memorandum of Law. Read More ›

Intelligent Design Is Falsifiable

There is a belief among media commentators that intelligent design is unscientific because it is unfalsifiable or untestable: no empirical evidence can count against it. Though common, this charge is demonstrably false. Of course there’s no way to falsify a mere assertion that a cosmic designer exists. This much we are agreed on. But contemporary design arguments focus not on …

On the Origins of the Mind

At some time in the history of the universe, there were no human minds, and at some time later, there were. Within the blink of a cosmic eye, a universe in which all was chaos and void came to include hunches, beliefs, sentiments, raw sensations, pains, emotions, wishes, ideas, images, inferences, the feel of rubber, Schadenfreude, and the taste of banana ice …

The “Wedge Document”: “So What?”

In 1999 an early fundraising proposal for Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture (CSC) was posted on the Internet by people claiming to have revealed a secret strategy. Dubbed the “Wedge Document,” this fundraising proposal soon took on a life of its own, popping up in all sorts of places and eventually spawning a kind of …

The Cambrian Explosion:

I. Introduction: Design without a Designer? Both Charles Darwin himself and contemporary neo-Darwinists such as Francisco Ayala, Richard Dawkins, and Richard Lewontin acknowledge that biological organisms appear to have been designed by an intelligence. Yet classical Darwinists and contemporary Darwinists alike have argued that what Francisco Ayala calls the “obvious design” of living things is only apparent. As Ayala, a …

Survival of the Fakest

If you had asked me during my years studying science at Berkeley whether or not I believed what I read in my science textbooks, I would have responded much as any of my fellow students: puzzled that such a question would be asked in the first place. One might find tiny errors, of course, typos and misprints. And science is Read More ›