Intelligent Design and Its Critics

  • Intelligent Design and Natural Bridges: An Argument in One Act

    By on August 15, 2001

    Metanexus VIEWS 2001.08.15 3354 words Arches National Park <http://www.americanparknetwork.com/parkinfo/ar/> nearMoab, Utah, is the setting for today’s somewhat Platonic dialogue about thevagaries of Intelligent Design. Our two interlocutors, Sid and Nat, findthemselves at odds over the design or non-design of the natural arch. Does anatural bridge (have to) have a meta-natural origin? Or is such an archmerely the result of weather

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  • ID as a Theory of Technological Evolution

    By on August 10, 2001

    1. Nature and Art In Book II of the Physics Aristotle remarks, “If the ship-building art were in the wood, it would produce the same results by nature.” Aristotle is here contrasting nature and art. Nature provides the raw materials (here wood); art provides the means for fashioning those materials (here into a ship). For Aristotle, art consists in the

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  • Why Religion Matters and How Religion Should Matter

    By on July 31, 2001

    1. Professor Huston Smith has elegantly summarized the essence of the Science-Religion dialogue in the following terms: “My favorite analogy is to imagine the physical universe as a giant balloon.  Within it we can shine our flashlights (the scientific method) on anything inside the balloon, but we can’t get the flashlights outside the balloon to determine where it is located

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  • Finding a Mate for Evolution

    By on July 2, 2001

    It has been an exciting five days. Metanexus, CTNS, and the AAAS have made a large tent Chattauqua meeting here at Haverford, where theologians, philosophers, and scientists could meet, exchange ideas, and have time to speak personally with representatives from differing groups. We have been able to put faces to the articles and books that we’ve been reading, and we

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  • V. V. Raman’s partial defense of my Why Religion Matters

    By on June 29, 2001

    It has been more than three months since (in Metaviews 007.2001.02.09) Varadaraja V. Raman came to my defense against the critical reactions my Why Religion Matters was drawing from participants in Metaviews, but the delay was unavoidable. I have struggled all spring with a physical trauma which reduced me to simply coping with each day. Fortunately the problem has finally

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