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  • Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Intelligent Design Article - History & Philosophical Defense

    Intelligent design is an evidence-based scientific theory about life's origins that challenges strictly materialistic views of evolution. According to Darwinian biologists such as Oxford's Richard Dawkins (1986: 1), livings systems “give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” But, for modern
    Darwinists, that appearance of design is entirely illusory. Why? According to neo-Darwinism, wholly undirected processes such as natural selection and random mutations are fully capable of producing the intricate designed-like structures in living systems. In their view, natural selection can mimic the powers of a designing intelligence without itself being directed by an intelligence of any kind.

    In contrast, the theory of intelligent design holds that there are tell-tale features of living systems and the universe – for example, the information-bearing properties of DNA, the miniature circuits and machines in cells and the fine tuning of the laws and constants of physics – that are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected material process. The theory does not challenge the idea of “evolution” defined as either change over time or common ancestry, but it does dispute Darwin's idea that the cause of biological change is wholly blind and undirected. Either life arose as the result of purely undirected material processes
    or a guiding intelligence played a role. Design theorists affirm the latter option and argue that living organisms look designed because they really were designed.


    Stephen Meyers presents an informative history and defense for the theory of intelligent design here. One noteworthy portion is where he refutes those who question whether the theory of intelligent design is "scientific".

    4 comments:

    bob said...

    Stephen Meyers presents an informative history and defense for the theory of intelligent design here.

    Stephen Meyers is a professional liar. He knows intelligent design is not science. He knows intelligent design is a religious belief. His Discovery Institute, which has never discovered anything, is a Christian creationist organization which wants to suppress or dumb down the teaching of evolutionary biology in public schools.

    "Intelligent design" are code words that mean "supernatural magic". There's nothing scientific about magic. The designer is of course God. God is a religious idea, not a scientific idea.

    Believe what you want, but you should at least have the decency to admit what you believe is religious and not scientific. It's just plain wrong to be dishonest, and also it's pointless to be dishonest because you're not fooling anyone.

    jazzycat said...

    Bob,
    "evolution" is a code word for a system where we don't know how matter came into being or how life came from non-life, but once it did, it evolved through the magic of one's imagination rather than by an uncaused cause.

    Can you tell us Bob, how matter come into being and how life came from non-life? Was it from intelligent magic or unintelligent magic?

    Puritan Lad said...

    Bob,

    Your position is every bit as "religious" as Meyers. You have assumed that valid scientific knowledge can be obtained by human intelligible experience apart from the Creation and Providence of God. That takes alot of faith.

    So before we get too far into the scientific aspects of this discussion, I'm going to have to ash you to prove this.

    swordbearer said...

    Bob,

    I don't see much evidence where you have read and are interacting with his paper refutuing positions within it. In fact, if you read the paper, he specifically addresses those who approach the subject just as you have done, and shows the errors of doing so.