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  Intelligent design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Though publicly Intelligent Design advocates state that their focus is on detecting evidence of design in nature without regard to who or what the designer might be, in statements to their constituents and supporters, nearly all state explicitly that they believe the designer to be the Christian God.
Intelligent Design is presented as an alternative to purely naturalistic forms of the theory of evolution.
For example, the notion of an "intelligent designer" is compatible with the materialistic hypotheses that life on Earth was introduced by an alien species (as taught by the Raëlian movement), or that it emerged as a result of panspermia, but would not be with the designer(s) of the "fine-tuned" universe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Intelligent_design   (9241 words)

 What is the Intelligent Design Theory?
Since design logically necessitates an intelligent designer, the appearance of design is cited as evidence for a Designer.
While the Intelligent Design Theory doesn’t presume to identify the source of intelligence (whether it be God or UFOs, etc.), the vast majority of Intelligent Design Theorists are Theists.
Intelligent Design Theorists begin with the natural realm and reach their conclusion subsequently: that life on Earth was designed by an Intelligent Agent (whoever that might be).
www.gotquestions.org /intelligent-design.html   (663 words)

 Intelligent Design Theory and Neocreationism (Skeptical Inquirer September 2001)
The claims by Behe, Dembski, and other "intelligent design" creationists that science should be opened to supernatural explanations and that these should be allowed in academic as well as public school curricula are unfounded and based on a misunderstanding of both design in nature and of what the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution is all about.
For him design equals intelligence and, even though he admitted that such an intelligence may be an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, his preference is for a god, possibly of the Christian variety.
If supernatural design exists at all (but where is the evidence or compelling logic?), this is certainly not of the kind that most religionists would likely subscribe to, and it is indistinguishable from the technology of a very advanced civilization.
www.csicop.org /si/2001-09/design.html   (3784 words)

 Welcome to TalkDesign.org!
Although "intelligent design" advocates often claim that they are only arguing for the existence of a "designer", who may or may not be God, all the leading advocates do believe that the designer is God, and frequently accompany their allegedly scientific arguments with discussion of religious issues, especially when addressing religious audiences.
A major distinguishing feature of "intelligent design" is the attempt to shift the focus of the debate away from the details of Earth history and towards more abstract concepts such as "design" or "teleology", terms which are rarely used in a non-question-begging manner.
Intelligent Design advocates frequently make vague appeals to "information" in support of their arguments, claiming that the information in living organisms cannot be generated except by intelligent design.
www.talkdesign.org   (4217 words)

 The Science Behind Intelligent Design Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Intelligent design theory makes inferences based upon observations about the types of complexity that can be produced by the action of intelligent agents vs. the types of information that can be produced through purely natural processes to infer that life was designed by an intelligence.
Critics of intelligent design have argued that although we may observe through experience that various structures are always made by intelligence, we can still argue that they were constructed by natural processes.
Intelligent design theory is based solely upon applying observations about intelligent action and principles of information theory to the construction of biological systems, and nothing more.
acs.ucsd.edu /~idea/idscience.htm   (2090 words)

 Questioning Evolution: Intelligent Design Theory, Part 2
BR– A simpler example of the design inference, Lattimer says, is the conclusion that an excavated stone that appears to have been fashioned by an early hominid actually was, rather than having assumed that shape and appearance by chance.
BR–The Intelligent Design camp agrees their theory is consistent with the idea that a supreme being does exist.
John Clavert is Managing Director of the Intelligent Design Network, based in Kansas, which was invited to present its views to the Ohio School Board.
www.wcpn.org /news/2002/01-03/0307intelligent_design_2.html   (1369 words)

 Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information: Dembski, William A.
Accordingly, intelligent design is viewed as yet another ill-conceived attempt by creationists to straightjacket science within a religious ideology.
Intelligent design thereby becomes a theory for detecting and measuring information, explaining its origin, and tracing its flow.
In general, to recognize intelligent causation we must establish that one from a range of competing possibilities was actualized, determine which possibilities were excluded, and then specify the possibility that was actualized.
www.arn.org /docs/dembski/wd_idtheory.htm   (7605 words)

 TAP: Web Feature: Scientific Boehner:. by Iain Murray. June 5, 2002.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Intelligent Design theorists such as Behe have attempted to include empirical examples in order to bolster their case.
That's why the National Academy of Sciences stated quite categorically that "intelligent design … [is] not science because [it is] not testable by the methods of science" in its definitive 1999 investigation, Science and Creationism: A view from the National Academy of Sciences.
But intelligent design is not part of any current scientific paradigm, and besides a few fringe elements, no serious evolutionary biologists accept it.
www.prospect.org /webfeatures/2002/06/murray-i-06-05.html   (960 words)

 The Chronicle: 12/21/2001: Darwinism Under Attack
While most scientists are quick to dismiss the idea as religion cloaked in academic jargon, advocates of the concept, known as intelligent design, are making inroads into academe, thanks to their unconventional approach, sophisticated arguments, and scholarly credentials.
Scientists who do support intelligent design have been relegated to teaching it as a nonscience course, as at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
While some of that scrutiny is quite critical of intelligent-design theory, advocates see the mere mention of their ideas in academic settings as a victory.
chronicle.com /free/v48/i17/17a00801.htm   (3257 words)

 Intelligent Design
Intelligent design (ID) is an anti-evolution theory that asserts that intelligent causes are responsible for the origin of the universe and of life in all its diversity.
They claim that intelligent design should be taught in the science classroom because it is an alternative to the scientific theory of natural selection.
The only theory singled out by the school board is evolution and the reason was obvious to the judge: the theory of evolution is understood as implying that God didn't make the species one by one and that God isn't even necessary for making any species at all.
skepdic.com /intelligentdesign.html   (6672 words)

 Intelligent Design Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A testable model and coherent theory are needed to solidify IDT in science (and the IDT is a scientific theory, unlike many origin theories).
Detecting design is not some highly complex or miraculous process, it is a simple and very common process inherent to the human race.
IDT is a valid path in science that can stand independent of religion and philosophy (whether that belief system is Christianity or naturalism).
www.geocities.com /CapeCanaveral/Hangar/4264/ID.html   (2505 words)

 Intelligent Design Network :: Seeking Objectivity in Origins Science
The theory of intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.
Design detection is used in a number of scientific fields, including anthropology, forensic sciences that seek to explain the cause of events such as a death or fire, cryptanalysis and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).
Intelligent Design is an intellectual movement that includes a scientific research program for investigating intelligent causes and that challenges naturalistic explanations of origins which currently drive science education and research.
www.intelligentdesignnetwork.org   (548 words)

 'Intelligent design' theory threatens science classrooms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The stickers were the Cobb County District School Board's response to intelligent design theory, which holds that the complexity of DNA and the diversity of life forms on our planet and beyond can be explained only by an extra-natural intelligent agent.
In a subsequent policy statement, officials said the biological theory of evolution is a "disputed view" that must be "balanced" in the classroom, taking into account other, religious teachings.
At issue, rather, is whether ID theory, so far unproven by scientific facts, should be served to students on the same platter with the well-supported theory of evolution.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /opinion/96687_design22.shtml   (888 words)

 Salon.com Books | Assault on evolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
After the Feb. 14 decision, Abrams insisted that intelligent design is based on "what is observable, measurable, testable, repeatable, falsifiable, good empirical science." The Discovery Institute, which identifies itself as "an intelligent design think tank" in Seattle, issued a press release condemning the decision in Kansas.
And although some religious believers will see intelligent design as confirming their religion, DeWolf and Meyer explain, public schools that exclude the teaching of IDT because of this connection to religion are practicing the viewpoint discrimination prohibited by the Supreme Court.
The intelligent design movement was launched by Phillip Johnson with his 1991 book "Darwin on Trial." Johnson is a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree from Harvard Law School, and the prestige of his academic background has lent him some credibility.
www.salon.com /books/feature/2001/02/28/idt/print.html   (2957 words)

 Casey Luskin dot com. intelligent design & IDEA
The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, and are not the result of an undirected, chance-based process such as Darwinian evolution.
Intelligent design begins with observations about the types of information produced by intelligent agents.
Intelligent design implies that life is here as a result of the purposeful action of an intelligent designer, standing in contrast to Darwinian evolution, which postulates that life exists due to the chance, purposeless, blind forces of nature.
www.caseyluskin.com /id.htm   (167 words)

 Educational CyberPlayGround: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design Theory
The lawsuit will be the first in the nation to challenge the instruction of "intelligent design," which is an assertion that an intelligent, supernatural entity has intervened in the history of life.
The "intelligent design" debate gained national attention after the Dover Area School District Board in Pennsylvania voted in October to require science teachers to present this religious view as an alternative to the scientific theory of evolution.
As "intelligent design" is a religious philosophy, it does not belong in biology classes.
www.edu-cyberpg.com /Teachers/newteacherevolution.html   (3097 words)

 Leadership U. Designer Universe: Intelligent Design Theory of Origins
Known as Intelligent Design (ID), some supporters see it as a new iteration of an age-old model for understanding the origins of the universe and life.
Rather than trying to infer God's existence or character from the natural world, it simply claims 'that intelligent causes are necessary to explain the complex, information-rich structures of biology and that these causes are empirically detectable.'" The door to theism and, for many biblical Creation, is left open.
If physics and cosmology have led us to a revival of the argument from design, legitimating references to the activity of an intelligent creator of nature, this fact has implications for the practice of other sciences and disciplines.
www.leaderu.com /focus/intdesign.html   (842 words)

 AAAS - AAAS News Release
As part of this effort they have sought to introduce the teaching of "intelligent design theory" into the science curricula of the public schools.
The movement presents "intelligent design theory" to the public as a theoretical innovation, supported by scientific evidence, that offers a more adequate explanation for the origin of the diversity of living organisms than the current scientifically accepted theory of evolution.
In response to this effort, individual scientists and philosophers of science have provided substantive critiques of "intelligent design," demonstrating significant conceptual flaws in its formulation, a lack of credible scientific evidence, and misrepresentations of scientific facts.
www.aaas.org /news/releases/2002/1106id2.shtml   (424 words)

 Design Inference Website: The Writings of William A. Dembski
Intelligent Design at Baylor University: Chronicle of a Controversy.
Mike Gene is the pseudonym of a biologist known and respected for his work on intelligent design.
His lecture was part of a session on intelligent design in which he was paired with Wesley Elsberry (hence the reference to him in the paper).
www.designinference.com   (3084 words)

 Chuck Currie: “Intelligent Design Theory”
Religious conservatives have been touting “intelligent design theory” as an alternative to teaching evolution in the schools.
Proponents of the theory promote it as being a scientific theory when in reality it is simply creationism all dressed up.
Religious conservatives are demanding the theory be taught.
chuckcurrie.blogs.com /chuck_currie/2004/12/intelligent_des.html   (1339 words)

 Wired 12.10: The Crusade Against Evolution
A panel of four experts - two who believe in evolution, two who question it - debated whether an antievolution theory known as intelligent design should be allowed into the classroom.
Meyer and Wells took the typical intelligent design line: Biological life contains elements so complex - the mammalian blood-clotting mechanism, the bacterial flagellum - that they cannot be explained by natural selection.
At its heart, intelligent design is a revival of an argument made by British philosopher William Paley in 1802.
www.wired.com /wired/archive/12.10/evolution.html   (1005 words)

Inasmuch as Marsaglia's design and testing of random number generators depends on computation, and inasmuch as computation is fundamentally arithmetical, Marsaglia is by von Neumann's own account a sinner.
But underneath a keen intelligence must be manipulating and calculating, taking advantage of this and that expedient so as systematically to concoct confusion.
Suffice it to say, randomness, to be randomness, must be designed.
www.origins.org   (325 words)

 Open Letter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.
I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.
Henderson's letter, it is clear that the FSM theory has evidence comparable in weight to ID. As a scientist and professor, it is often difficult to present differing opinions in an unbiased way.
www.venganza.org   (2537 words)

 Intelligent design theory is scientific - EvoWiki
Dembski, W. The Design Inference, Cambridge University Press.
Intelligent Design "theory" is in fact religion, since it simply replaces God with a supernatural creator whose name may not be mentioned.
This page was last modified 21:27, 7 Oct 2005.
wiki.cotch.net /index.php/Intelligent_design_theory_is_scientific   (67 words)

A Critique of Victor Stenger's Paper – Intelligent Design: The New Stealth Creationism
Hugh Ross, Ph.D. Evidence for Design of the Cosmos
Hugh Ross, Ph.D. Design and the Anthropic Principle
www.origins.org /menus/design.html   (362 words)

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