ID theorists draw exclusively upon empirical evidence to support the existence of a creative intelligence or designer. ID purports that design can be detected without any understanding of who the designer is or why the agent acted, or even how the phenomenon in question was actually produced. ID is a unique scientific position that stands in stark contrast to naturalistic, materialistic philosophy of science which puts forth abiogenesis rather then intelligent agents as the main mechanism that created biological systems for sustaining life. It can also clearly be distinguished from religious creationism in that it stakes no claim regarding the specific identity of the creator, nor does it use references from scripture when forming theories about the history of the world. In fact, many ID theorists support the idea of common descent and billions of years of time. ID simply postulates that certain features within the cosmos present clear evidence of being deliberately and intelligently designed.
Example of intelligent design in nature are based on analogy, a common scientific procedure. It is argued, for example, that if biological components are analogous to those produced by intelligent agents, then an intelligence is the most reasonable cause. ID proponentw generally infer that all complex biological systems are generated by intelligent agents. This aspect of intelligent design is also an integral part of the creation model put forth by theists. As such, creationists are encouraged to study the evidence and examples of design that are illustrated by ID advocates. This unique scientific thinking allows for the development of independent models of design for Christians, Jews, Muslims, or any other religious group which proposes such a process for life.
By taking this position, intelligent design has been welcomed in some government schools and in industries that normally hold prejudices against religious creationism. For example, the ID documentary titled Unlocking the Mystery of Life has been shown on PBS television in several states in the USA.
- Main Article: Irreducible complexity
Irreducible complexity is a concept popularized by Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe in his 1996 book Darwin's Black Box, which supports what is known as intelligent design theory. If something is irreducibly complex, then it can not be reduced to less complex functions, and therefore, could not develop by assembling preexisting components. Intelligent design theorists argue that while some systems and organs can be explained by evolution, those that are irreducibly complex cannot, but instead an intelligent designer must be responsible.
- Main Article: Specified complexity
The Intelligent Design concept of specified complexity was developed by mathematician and philosopher William Dembski. Dembski claims that when something exhibits specified complexity (i.e., is both complex and specified, simultaneously) one can infer that it was produced by an intelligent cause (i.e., that it was designed), rather than being the result of natural processes (see naturalism). He provides the following examples: "A single letter of the alphabet is specified without being complex. A long sentence of random letters is complex without being specified. A Shakespearean sonnet is both complex and specified." He states that details of living things can be similarly characterized, especially the "patterns" of molecular sequences in functional biological molecules such as DNA.
- Main Article: Anthropic principle
The anthropic principle is used to develop scientific explanations in cosmology. It originated from observations that the earth uniquely and perfectly meets the requirements for life, and more specifically human life. Anthropic comes from the Greek word ἄνθρωπος, anthrōpos ("Man"). It is often set up as being in opposition to the Copernican Principle.
The very presence of life within the universe is reliant upon a large number of extremely improbable events, and even the slightest alteration would make it impossible for life to exist. Everything from the particular energy state of the electron to the exact level of the weak nuclear force seems to be tailored for us to exist. We appear to live in a universe dependent on several independent variables where only a slight change would render it inhospitable for any form of life. And yet, here we are. Proponents of intelligent design draw support from this fact because it strongly suggests that the cosmos has been specifically designed.
Intelligent design (ID) can be used as a scientific tool to deduce whether a system's components are the product of chance, natural law, intelligent design, or some combination. A research program usually begins by observing the types of information produced by intelligent agents, and then attempting to find objects in nature which have the same types of properties. Intelligent design has applied these scientific methods to detect design in irreducibly complex biological structures, the complex and specified information (CSI) content in DNA, the life-sustaining physical architecture of the universe, and the geologically rapid origin of biological diversity in the fossil record.
ID research methodology follows the same basic process used by all scientists, which generally includes observations, hypothesis, experiments, and conclusion. The ID researcher typically begins with an observation that intelligent agents produce a specific type of CSI. It is then logically hypothesized that if natural objects are designed, they will also possess significantly high levels of this or other types of CSI. The scientist will then conduct experiments to test if they contain CSI.
Irreducible complexity (IC), as defined by Michael Behe, is one easily testable form of complex and specified information. The process used to detect IC in biological systems is known as reverse engineering, which is historically an architectural/engineering/structural method of studying man-made machines and structures. Reverse engineering is particularly useful in detecting IC in molecular biology systems. This is because the living cell is filled with molecular machines that perform various purposeful tasks. At the same time, these biomachines are made of amino acids and proteins, which are derived by direct production from the informational code in the DNA. This yields the cell, its individual parts, and the internal means of production, highly investigable. By using reverse engineering, structures can be examined to see if they require all of their parts to function. When ID researchers find irreducible complexity in biological systems, they conclude that such structures were designed.
Restricted intelligent design
- Main Article: Restricted intelligent design
Restricted Intelligent Design is what is generally referred to by the term "intelligent design." It is used to distinguish it from the broader concept known as General Intelligent Design developed by Robert Herrmann. Restricted Intelligent Design deals mainly with biology, where it seeks to identify specific evidences of design. Restricted Intelligent Design studies design only by comparing it to human design, making it a poor model for dealing with a higher intelligence such as God.
General intelligent design
- Main Article: General intelligent design
The General Intelligent Design Model (GID-model or simply GID) is an interpretation of the General Grand Unification Model (GGU-model) - a mathematical model - constructed by Dr. Robert A. Herrmann. The research started in August 1979 and the modern mathematical theory used for the modeling processes is obtained via nonstandard analysis. Unlike Restricted Intelligent Design which studies design and intelligence is only inferred by comparison with a few human designs, the GID-model defines intelligence and shows, by direct evidence, that each physical process and each physical result produced by each process is intelligently designed.
Examples of ID
- Main Article: Flagellum
Molecular machines, such as the flagellum is a common example used to demonstrate the mechanisms in nature that illustrate intelligent design because it is irreducibly complex. The flagellum is a molecular motor used by microscopic organisms, such as bacteria and protozoans, to propel themselves through an aqueous medium.
- Main Article: Bombardier Beetle
Bombardier beetles belong to the Family of beetles commonly referred to as Ground Beetles.
- Main Article: fibonacci numbers
The fibonacci numbers are a sequence that is described by their mathematical relationship. The sequence of numbers can be found displayed in many organisms, such as the spiral patterns in the heads of sunflowers. God has arranged sunflower seeds without gaps in the most efficient way by forming two spirals.
Predictions in Biology
Predictions in Paleontology
1. Information stored in DNA can be quantified and measured. 2. Biological complexity can be quantified and measured. 3. The blood clotting process is irreducibly complex. 4. Bacteria flagella are irreducibly complex. 5. The cilium is irreducibly complex. 6. The illuminating mechanism of a firefly is irreducibly complex (that one’s my own) 7. There are geologic processes that cause rapid fossilization to occur, probably in about 100 years rather than epochs of time. 8. The fossil record will show morphology as punctuated equilibrium instead of phyletic gradualization.
- Discovery Institute
- Access Research Network
- Intelligent Design Network
- Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center
- International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design
- Origins by Leadership University.
- Michael Behe Ph.D. Biochemistry
- Percival Davis
- William Dembski Ph.D. Mathematics
- Guillermo Gonzalez Ph.D. in Astronomy
- Robert A. Herrmann Ph.D. Mathematics
- Phillip Johnson
- Casey Luskin
- Stephen Meyer Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science
- Paul Nelson
- Jean-claude Perez
- Walter ReMine
- Jonathan Wells Ph.D. Biology
- The Case for a Creator
- The Privileged Planet
- The Triumph of Design
- Unlocking the Mystery of Life
- Where Does the Evidence Lead?
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Theory of Intelligent Design: A Briefing Packet for Educators p6. by Discovery Institute. November, 2007.
- ↑ Sarfati, Jonathan. Refuting Evolution 2. Greenforest AR: Master Books, 2002. (p.22)
- ↑ Empirical ID research ResearchID.org
- ↑ INTELLIGENT DESIGN THEORY EXPLAINED By Dennis D Jones
- “Who designed the designer” vs. a burning matchstick By kairosfocus. august 6, 2011
- Access Research Network
- Design and the Universe
- Design Argument by the The Dictionary of the History of Ideas. University of Virginia.
- Discovery Institute
- The Facts about Intelligent Design: A Response to the National Academy of Sciences’ Science, Evolution, and Creationism by Casey Luskin. January 16, 2008.
- IntelligentDesign.org by the Discovery Institute
- Intelligent design by Conservapedia
- Intelligent design by Wikipedia
- Intelligent Design: The Future
- Intelligent Design - Portal in Finland, (Finnish: "Älykkään suunnitelman idea")
- Peer-Reviewed & Peer-Edited Scientific Publications Supporting the Theory of Intelligent Design (Annotated) by Staff of Discovery Institute, August 26, 2010
- Science Declares Our Universe IS Intelligently Designed by Robert Herrmann
- Uncommon Descent
- Michael Behe, Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, New York: Free Press, 1996, ISBN 0684834936.
- William Dembski, Charles W. Colson, The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design. Inter Varsity Press, 2004, ISBN 0830823751.
- Michael Behe, William Dembski, Stephen Meyer, Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe (Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute), Ignatius Press 2000, ISBN 0898708095
- William Dembski, Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology, InterVarsity Press 1999. ISBN 0830815813
- William Dembski, James M. Kushiner, Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design, Brazos Press, 2001, ISBN 1587430045
- William Dembski, John Wilson, Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing, ISI Press, 2004. ISBN 1932236317
- Phillip Johnson, Darwin on Trial, Washington, D.C.: Regnery Gateway, 1991.
- Phillip Johnson, Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds, Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1997.
- Geoffrey Simmons, William Dembski, What Darwin Didn't Know, Harvest House Publishers, 2004, ISBN 0736913130
- Thomas Woodward, Doubts about Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design, Baker Books, 2003, ISBN 0801064430
- Dean L. Overman, A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997, ISBN 0847689662
Intelligent Design Articles
- A Blindfolded Watchmaker: the Arrival of the Fittest by David Wilcox
- The Fine-Tuning Design Argument: A Scientific Argument for the Existence of God by Robin Collins
- An Introduction to Intelligent Design Theory by the IDEA-Center
- Another Way to Detect Design, Response to review of "The Design Inference" by Dembski, William A.
- Can Evolution Produce an Eye? Not a Chance! by David Menton
- Challenging Naturalistic Evolution Theories by Terrestrial Soup
- Complex Life Cycles in Heterophyid Trematodes: Structural and Developmental Design in the Ascocotyle Complex of Species by Mark Armitage
- Decoding and editing design: double sieve enzymes by Jonathan Sarfati, Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal 13(1):5–7, 1999
- Design and Coincidence from Muslim online book Evolution Deceit
- Design Detection
- Design Evidences in the Cosmos by Hugh Ross
- Design in God's Creation Articles on Intelligent Design by the Biblical Creation Society
- Design in Parasitic Systems, by Mark Armitage
- Design in Living Organisms: Motors by Jonathan Sarfati, Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal 12(1):3–5, 1998
- DesignWatch - Recent scientific news that has bearings on origins and in particular intelligent design theory by Kevin Miller
- Designed or Designoid by Walter L. Bradley
- DNA: The Message in the Message by Nancy R. Pearcey
- Evidence for Design of the Cosmos - Probability Estimate for Attaining the Necessary Parameters for a Life Support Planet by Hugh Ross
- Evolution and intelligent design by Jonathan Wells
- Finding Design in the Earth-Moon System
- Home Alone in the Universe? by Fred Heeren
- The Theory of Intelligent Design: A Briefing Packet for Educators by Discovery Institute. November, 2007.
- Intelligent Design A Special Report from Natural History Magazine
- Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Club Online
- Intelligent Design and the NSP World Model by Wayne Spencer
- Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information by William A. Dembski
- Interdependence in Macromolecule Synthesis: Evidence for Design by Doug Sharp
- International Society for Complexity Information and Design
- Is the Inverted Retina Really “Bad Design”? by Peter Gurney
- Is There Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God? - by Dr. Walter Bradley
- Life's Intelligent Deign Author of 'Darwin on Trial' sees a Win - Tacoma News Tribune 5/2001
- Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference: by Behe, Michael
- Olfactory Design: Smell and Spectroscopy by Jonathan Sarfati, Creation Ex NihiloTechnical Journal 12(2):137–138, 1998
- Our 'tailor-made' Universe, by Nancy Pearcey
- Randomness By Design by William A. Dembski
- Science and Design by William Dembski
- Science and Divine Action by the Meta-Library
- Science Declares Our Universe IS Intelligently Designed by Robert A. Herrmann Ph. D.
- Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God by Walter Bradley
- Scientific Investigation by Terrestrial Soup
- Solar System Geometry - A case for Intelligent Design
- Review of The Design Inference by William A. Dembski
- Teaching intelligent design as religion and science by William A. Dembski
- The 2001 Principle Mordechai Steinman and Gershon Robinson
- The Explanatory Filter A three-part filter for understanding how to separate and identify cause from intelligent design By William Dembski, Ph.D.,
- The Intelligent Design Movement by William A. Dembski
- The living cell an extract supporting design in nature from "Creation, Evolution and Science." - by John V. Collyer.
- The Problem of Information for the Theory of Evolution--Has Dawkins Really Solved It?, by Royal Truman
- The Religion of the Blind Watchmaker by Phillip Johnson
- The Scientific Existence of a Higher Intelligence by Robert A. Herrmann, Ph.D.
- The Wondrous Design and Non-random Character of Chance Events by Robert A. Herrmann
- The World's Smallest Motor: Evidence of Supernatural Design, by Jon Covey
- What every theologian should know about creation, evolution and design William A. Dembski
- Who Designed Woodpeckers by Thomas F. Heinze
- A Critique of Behe's Mousetrap Illustration by Don Stoner
- Positive View of Behe's Thesis - Answers to Don Stoner's Objections by George P. Drake
- Blind Faith in a Blind Watchmaker by David Mathews
- Can Evolution Produce the Human Eye? Not a Chance! by David Menton
- Critical Characteristics and the Irreducible Knee Joint by Stuart Burgess
- Darwin's Black Box by Michael Behe
- Dialogue With Atheists on the Evolution of the Eye, Irreducible Complexity, & Intelligent Design Dave Armstrong vs. Steven J. Conifer
- Examples of Irreducible Complexity, Michael J. Behe
- Irreducible Complexity Quotes
- Irreducible Complexity by Intelligent Design.Org
- Irreducible Complexity and Darwinian Pathways: Mike Gene, ARN Forum
- Irreducible Complexity Revisited by William Dembski
- Irreducible Complexity: The Challenge to the Darwinian Evolutionary Explanations of many Biochemical Structures...A Crash Course in Irreducible Complexity by the IDEA Club
- Irreducible Complexity? The Challenge!
Intelligent Design in the News
- Within the March issue of Nature magazine there is an argument for ID Their hypothesis is tremendously significant and its publication represents a genuine breakthrough. The authors argue that known dental mutants (in mammals) invariably show a decrease in complexity, losses of structure, etc. What is never observed, however, are increases in complexity (e.g., novel cusps). March 7, 2012
- Origins of Nature Debate Dr. Rowan Williams, and Professor Richard Dawkins participated in a "Dialogue Event" in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University on the topic of: “The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of their Ultimate Origin.” The University of Oxford. February 28, 2012. Origins of Nature Debate] Dr. Rowan Williams, and Professor Richard Dawkins participated in a "Dialogue Event" in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University on the topic of: “The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of their Ultimate Origin.”
- Key figures of Intelligent Design interviewed by David Boze Douglas Axe, Guillermo Gonzalez, David Berlinski and Casey Luskin discuss the current state of Intelligent Design. Evolution News & Views. December 14, 2011.
- Stephen Meyer debates Keith Fox As most of you probably already know, Stephen Meyer was in London last week. During the course of his visit, he engaged in a radio debate involving theistic evolutionist Keith Fox, which was chaired by Justin Brierley. Uncommon Descent. November 24, 2011
- Michael Denton on the Collapse of the Darwinian Paradigm and the Coming Revolution Video interview with evolutionist Michael Denton. Evolution News and Views, July 3, 2011.
- Evolutionary biochemist claims to have proved common descent. Actually, Douglas Theobald has shown that one common ancestor is more likely than many—after assuming abiogenesis, which his analysis does not treat. What he actually has shown is that all of life follows common design principles. Creationism examiner. May 13, 2010.
- 2009 Daniel of the Year Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, is awarded World Magazine's prestigious honor for his fight to show that all lives have eternal value because they are the work of a Creator and not the product of chance. World Magazine Vol. 24, No. 25. December 19, 2009.
- In Darwin Anniversary Year, Zogby Poll Reveals Majority Support for Intelligent Design, Doubts about Darwinism Evolution News & Views. June 30, 2009
- Frist Backs 'Intelligent Design' Teaching Leader Bill Frist Says 'Intelligent Design' Should Be Taught in Schools Alongside Evolution. ABC News August 19, 2005
- Bush backs intelligent design President says students 'ought to be exposed to different ideas', WorldNetDaily August 3, 2005
- Intelligent design: Who has designs on your students' minds? The intelligent-design movement is a small but growing force on US university campuses. For some it bridges the gap between science and faith, for others it goes beyond the pale. Nature April 28, 2005
- Design for Living - The Basis for a Design Theory of Origins by Michael Behe The New York Times February 7, 2005
- Smithsonian in uproar over intelligent-design article Museum researcher's career threatened after he published favorable piece. January 29, 2005
- ‘Intelligent design’ voted in A Pennsylvania school board recently voted to include intelligent design in the district's science curriculum. October 19th, 2004
- Mysterious cosmos by Philip Ball Nature 8/6/04
- The Tyranny of Design by Henry Gee Nature 6/7/04