Intelligent Design and Its Critics

  • Creation: From Nothing Until Now, Part 4

    By on December 28, 2001

    Metanexus: Views 2001.12.28 3771 words What is theology? And what does theology have to say to us? Is it truly thescience of God, in the way that physics might be considered the science ofmaterial objects and their interactions or biology viewed as the science ofthe lifeworld or of living objects? What, then, would be the scientificbasis for theology? Empirical data?

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  • What Have Butterflies Got to Do with Darwin?

    By on December 21, 2001

    Bernard d’Abrera’s concise atlas of the world’s butterflies is a beautifully produced book with the most stunning photographs of butterflies that I’ve ever seen. Though not intended as a coffee-table book, it could eminently serve that purpose. D’Abrera himself is a world-renowned butterfly and moth expert at the BritishMuseum(Natural History) in London. Over the years he has produced books on

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  • Creation: From Nothing Until Now, Part 1

    By on December 17, 2001

    Metanexus: Views 2001.12.17 2435 words “Humans have told each other stories for thousands of years. At campfiresand in courts and temples, humans told stories about the origin of theirworld, of the hunting grounds of their tribe, of women and men, of thediscovery of wheat and of fire, of the sun and the moon. Creation storiesexpressed how humans understood themselves in

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  • Knowledge, Ignorance, and Intelligent Design Theory

    By on November 7, 2001

    Metanexus:Views 2001.11.07 3185 words One of the most wonderfully curious turns of phrase that I ever stumbledupon in science was the delightful title of Rita Levi-Montalcini’s 1988autobiography. Levi-Montalcini, a neurobiologist, was the fourth woman toreceive the Nobel Prize in Medicine, which she received in 1986, along withStanley Cohen, for the discovery of nerve growth factor. And the title ofher tome?

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  • Another Way to Detect Design? Part 3

    By on October 19, 2001

    Part 3. Design by Elimination   The defects in Sober’s likelihood approach are, in my view, so grave that it cannot provide an adequate account of how design hypotheses are inferred. The question remains, however, whether specified complexity can instead provide an adequate account for how design hypotheses are inferred. The worry here centers on the move from specified

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