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A Slightly Technical Introduction to Intelligent Design

Intelligent design — often called “ID” — is a scientific theory that holds that the emergence of some features of the universe and living things is best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection. ID theorists argue that design can be inferred by studying the informational properties of natural objects to determine if they bear the type of information that in our experience arises from an intelligent cause. Proponents of neo-Darwinian evolution contend that the information in life arose via purposeless, blind, and unguided processes. ID proponents argue that this information arose via purposeful, intelligently guided processes. Both claims are scientifically testable using the standard methods of science. But ID theorists say that when we use the scientific method to explore nature, the evidence points away from unguided material causes, and reveals intelligent design. Read More ›
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An Introduction to Intelligent Design

Click here for a reproducible PDF of this article.PDF En Español Intelligent design — often called “ID” — is a scientific theory that holds that the emergence of some features of the universe and living things is best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection. ID theorists argue that design can be inferred Read More ›

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Essential Readings

10 Essential Books (Science) Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent DesignStephen C. Meyer Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent DesignStephen C. Meyer Darwin’s Black BoxMichael Behe The Edge of EvolutionMichael Behe The Design InferenceWilliam Dembski The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent DesignWilliam Dembski Icons of EvolutionJonathan Read More ›

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

If you want a book full of fascinating anecdotes and straight-talk about the debate over Darwinism and intelligent design, written by a credentialed biologist with enjoyable writing skills, this truly is the book for you. Read More ›
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Top Questions and Answers About Intelligent Design Theory

The Center for Science and Culture answers some of the most common questions about intelligent design: What is the theory of intelligent design? Is intelligent design theory the same as creationism? Is intelligent design theory incompatible with evolution? Read More ›
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Design Theory and its Critics

The present book - Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics - is intended as a sourcebook of materials from both sides of the present debate. The editor, Robert T. Pennock, who is a vocal critic of ID, takes it that ID claims fail more or less on all fronts, and while giving both sides a platform, intends for the present volume to make ID's untenability (as he sees it) amply clear. Read More ›

Encyclopedia Entry on Intelligent Design

Intelligent design begins with a seemingly innocuous question: Can objects, even if nothing is known about how they arose, exhibit features that reliably signal the action of an intelligent cause? To see what’s at stake, consider Mount Rushmore. The evidence for Mount Rushmore’s design is direct — eyewitnesses saw the sculptor Gutzon Borglum spend the better part of his life designing and building this structure. But what if there were no direct evidence for Mount Rushmore’s design? What if humans went extinct and aliens, visiting the earth, discovered Mount Rushmore in substantially the same condition as it is now? Read More ›