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  Intelligent design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many intelligent design followers believe that "Scientism" is itself a religion that promotes secularism and materialism in an attempt to erase theism from public life, and view their work in the promotion of intelligent design as a way to return religion to a central role in education and other public spheres.
Intelligent design, by appealing to a supernatural agent, directly conflicts with the principles of science, which limit its inquiries to empirical, observable and ultimately testable data, and which require explanations to be based upon empirical evidence.
Intelligence derived from randomness is essentially indistinguishable from the "innate" intelligence associated with biological organisms, and poses a challenge to the intelligent design conception that intelligence itself necessarily requires a designer.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Intelligent_design   (9318 words)

Intelligent design may therefore be defined as the science that studies signs of intelligence.
Intelligent design, as the science that studies signs of intelligence, is about arrangements of preexisting materials that point to a designing intelligence.
By showing that design is indispensable to the scientific understanding of the natural world, intelligent design is reinvigorating the design argument and at the same time overturning the widespread misconception that the only tenable form of religious belief is one that treats purpose, intelligence, and wisdom as byproducts of unintelligent material processes.
www.designinference.com /documents/2003.08.Encyc_of_Relig.htm   (2502 words)

 Intelligent Design
Intelligent Design is the study of patterns in nature that are best explained as the result of intelligence.
Intelligent design needs to be distinguished from apparent design and optimal design.
The adjective “intelligent” in front of “design” stresses that the design in question is actual, but makes no assumption about the optimality of design.
www.iscid.org /encyclopedia/Intelligent_Design   (154 words)

 Intelligent Design: Humans, Cockroaches, and the Laws of Physics
Intelligent design is a more subtle term than creation science, one that has far broader implications than the genesis of life on a minor planet in the corner of a minor galaxy.
In critically examining evidence for or against intelligent design to the universe, it must be understood that we are following the traditional practice of science, seeking a scientific explanation for observations about the universe that have been previously attributed to the action of supernatural deity.
It does not suffice to say that intelligent design is possible, and proponents of intelligent design have no right to re-cast the question as one in which the non-existence of intelligent design must be proven.
www.talkorigins.org /faqs/cosmo.html   (4083 words)

 Evolution: science and belief; Intelligent Design?  A Special Report from Natural History Magazine
In the final analysis, the biochemical hypothesis of intelligent design fails not because the scientific community is closed to it but rather for the most basic of reasons -- because it is overwhelmingly contradicted by the scientific evidence.
Intelligence leaves behind a characteristic trademark or signature -- what I call "specified complexity." An event exhibits specified complexity if it is contingent and therefore not necessary; if it is complex and therefore not easily repeatable by chance; and if it is specified in the sense of exhibiting an independently given pattern.
Without defining "design," Wells asserts that "many features of living things appear to be designed." Then he contrasts natural selection (undirected) with design (directed), apparently attempting to return to the pre-Darwinian notion that a Designer is directly responsible for the fit of organisms to their environments.
www.actionbioscience.org /evolution/nhmag.html   (6262 words)

 Intelligent Design - Uncyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Intelligent Design, or as the French would say, L'Intelligent Design, is the absolutely true and totally scientific theory that the Universe is so gee-whizzy fantastic and mind-bogglingly complex that it could only have been designed and constructed by a really really really, really really smart engineer.
Intelligent design was conceived by the scientific genius William Dembski of the world renowned Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Intelligent Designerists have spent millions of dollars sending super-sophisticated ninja research teams into the most remote and undeveloped regions of the world, and they have NEVER found even A SINGLE example of a book that was not written by someone.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Intelligent_design   (2204 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)

 Intelligent Design
Intelligent design (ID) is an anti-evolution belief that asserts that naturalistic explanations of some biological entities are not possible and such entities can only be explained by intelligent causes.
They claim that intelligent design should be taught in the science classroom as an alternative to the science of evolution.
Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.
skepdic.com /intelligentdesign.html   (7032 words)

 The New Yorker: Fact
Design should not be overlooked simply because it’s so obvious.” In “Darwin’s Black Box,” Behe speculated that the designer might have assembled the first cell, essentially solving the problem of irreducible complexity, after which evolution might well have proceeded by more or less conventional means.
As the years pass, intelligent design looks less and less like the science it claimed to be and more and more like an extended exercise in polemics.
Biologists aren’t alarmed by intelligent design’s arrival in Dover and elsewhere because they have all sworn allegiance to atheistic materialism; they’re alarmed because intelligent design is junk science.
www.newyorker.com /fact/content/articles/050530fa_fact   (4200 words)

 SPACE.com -- SETI and Intelligent Design
Cliff, however, would have some sympathizers among the proponents of Intelligent Design (ID), whose efforts to influence school science curricula continue to swill large quantities of newspaper ink.
That’s bad design, because if the pulses were intended to convey some sort of message, it would be enormously more efficient (in terms of energy costs) to confine the signal to a very narrow band.
In short, the champions of Intelligent Design make two mistakes when they claim that the SETI enterprise is logically similar to their own: First, they assume that we are looking for messages, and judging our discovery on the basis of message content, whether understood or not.
www.space.com /searchforlife/seti_intelligentdesign_051201.html   (1441 words)

 Design Inference Website: The Writings of William A. Dembski
This chapter shows why design inferences depend fundamentally on recognizing signs of intelligence and thus follow irrespectively of prior knowledge of the designer’s characteristics or intentions.
Intelligent Design at Baylor University: Chronicle of a Controversy.
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   (3253 words)

 Intelligent Design The Future
Intelligent design is science; it could be taught in the science classroom.
It is common that critics of intelligent design misrepresent the nature of intelligent design in order to make it sound unscientific, unconstitutional, and unpalatable to scientists and the public.
In The Design Revolution Dembski answers questions about ID in way that is easily accessible for the layperson who would like to understand intelligent design and see how design proponents answer objections from critics.
intelligentdesign.podomatic.com   (4904 words)

 CNN.com - Judge rules against 'intelligent design' in science class - Dec 20, 2005
Intelligent design claims the complexity of some systems of nature cannot be explained by evolution but must be attributed to a designer or supernatural being.
Jones says in his ruling that he did not doubt that intelligent design advocates "have bona fide and deeply held beliefs which drive their scholarly endeavors," but he also said scientific experts testified that Darwin's theory "in no way conflicts with, nor does it deny, the existence of a divine creator."
Jones said of the defendants, "It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose" behind the intelligent design policy.
www.cnn.com /2005/LAW/12/20/intelligent.design   (782 words)

 Access Research Network
Study Guide is a lively ten-lesson study course on the growing intelligent design controversy that introduces students to a wide range of scientific topics such as biology and cosmology in the context of history and current events.
On the other side of the coin, Dembski is a leading proponent of Intelligent Design and one of evolution's biggest critics.
Uncommon Descent is William Dembski's weblog on Intelligent Design.
www.arn.org   (2184 words)

 Intelligent Design the Future
From principles of geometry to details of the periodic table, the authors portray the depth, elegance, clarity, and pure cleverness of a universe designed to nurture the intelligent life that one day would discover that design.
Joe Carter has 10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (actually, he has five ways; this is just Part I).
Exploring issues central to the case for intelligent design, from the Big Bang to the bacterial flagellum and beyond.
www.idthefuture.com   (955 words)

 CTRL - Intelligent Design
Intelligent Design: The New Stealth Creationism: by Victor J. Stenger
Because Intelligent Design is not science, it is inappropriate to teach it in the public school science classroom."
But in Darwin's Black Box, he reveals that he is also part of the problem, falling back on the old, limp idea of 'design.' He takes irreducible complexity as a statement of fact, rather than an admission of ignorance, claiming that the 'purposeful arrangement' of biochemical parts must be the result of an intelligent designer.
www.stephenjaygould.org /ctrl/intelligent-design.html   (5482 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)

 Intelligent Design
In September 2005, the Pew Forum, together with the Federalist Society and the Constitution Project, held an event to discuss the current state of the law under the Establishment Clause and panelists' predictions for a ruling in the case Kitzmiller, et al.
Intelligent Design is Struck Down (Phil Inquirer, 12/21/05)
Intelligent Design Duels Darwin in 'Scopes II' (Chicago Tribune, 9/27/05)
pewforum.org /docs/?DocID=114   (1325 words)

 Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
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.
So as a professional, I have to say that both forms of Intelligent Design - ID and ID-FSM are equally valid and if intelligent design is taught in schools, equal time should be given to the FSM theory and the non-FSM theory.
www.venganza.org   (4856 words)

 The New Yorker: PRINTABLES
“I’d like to design some creatures of the sea,” the Lord God said.
So the Lord God, nodding, designed an ostrich.
And everyone looked upon the man that the Lord God designed.
www.newyorker.com /printables/shouts/050926sh_shouts   (600 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)

 LINKS - Intelligent Design Network :: Seeking Objectivity in Origins Science
Icons of Evolution - Why Much of What we Teach about Evolution is Wrong.
Jody Sjogren's art provides a conceptual illustration of a design inference based on her "MACHINE-LIVING SYSTEM ANALOGY." To see the art in more detail and the analogy explained, click on the picture at the right.
To order any of her work, please call 614-458-8000 or email her at metstudios@mindspring.com.
www.intelligentdesignnetwork.org /links.htm   (147 words)

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