Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

by William A. Dembski
     
 

William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive, balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional… See more details below

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William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive, balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: Darwinism, self-organization, theistic evolution, and intelligent design. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introduction essays furnish a historical overview of the debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521709903
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction
1General Introduction3
2The Argument from Design: A Brief History13
3Who's Afraid of ID? A Survey of the Intelligent Design Movement32
Part IDarwinism
4Design without Designer: Darwin's Greatest Discovery55
5The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of "Irreducible Complexity"81
6The Design Argument98
7DNA by Design? Stephen Meyer and the Return of the God Hypothesis130
Part IIComplex Self-Organization
8Prolegomenon to a General Biology151
9Darwinism, Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics173
10Emergent Complexity, Teleology, and the Arrow of Time191
11The Emergence of Biological Value210
Part IIITheistic Evolution
12Darwin, Design, and Divine Providence229
13The Inbuilt Potentiality of Creation246
14Theistic Evolution261
15Intelligent Design: Some Geological, Historical, and Theological Questions275
16The Argument from Laws of Nature Reassessed294
Part IVIntelligent Design
17The Logical Underpinnings of Intelligent Design311
18Information, Entropy, and the Origin of Life331
19Irreducible Complexity: Obstacle to Darwinian Evolution352
20The Cambrian Information Explosion: Evidence for Intelligent Design371
Index393

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