The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Designby William A. Dembski
Science and scientists are given a lot of authority. But what is science? We think we know. But scientists, mathematicians and philosophers in the intelligent design movement are challenging a certain view of science -- one that limits its investigations and procedures to purely lawlike and mechanical explanations. They charge that there is no scientific reason to exclude the consideration of intelligence, agency and purpose from truly scientific research. In fact, the practice of science often already includes these factors! As the intelligent design movement has gained momentum, questions have naturally arisen to challenge its provocative claims. In this book William Dembski rises to the occasion -- clearly and concisely answering the most vexing questions posed to the intelligent design program. Writing with nonexperts in mind, Dembski responds to more than forty questions asked by experts and nonexperts alike who have attended his many public lectures or raised objections in written reviews. The Design Revolution has begun. Its success depends on how well it answers the questions of its detractors. Read this book and you'll have a good idea of the prospects and challenges facing this revolution in scientific thinking.
"In this important new book William Dembski continues his ground-breaking effort to show just how unscientific many modern scientists tend to be. If we are truly open to all the evidence, we can discover by the use of our unaided reason that the natural world is not the purposeless outcome of lawitself of unknown originand chance. This revolutionary approach has broad implications for science and broader implications for modern culture. Among many other things, Dembski's book is further evidence of the critical need for students in our public school systems to learn what is really going on in the disputes at the cutting edge of science rather than having their understanding of the natural world veiled and distorted by the prejudices of the past."
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Meet the Author
William Dembski (Ph.D., mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) is senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.
He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed The Design Inference (Cambridge), Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press) and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence (Rowman and Littlefield).
Colson, formerly special counsel to President Nixon, is founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship and the Wilberforce Forum. He also chairs the Council for Biotechnology Policy. Colson's Breakpoint daily radio commentaries are heard by more than one million listeners.
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Dembski shows how the theory of evolution is contradicted by modern information theory (complex, ordered information is produced by intelligence rather than by chance), mathematics (events less likely than the universal probability bound do not occur¿the random coalescence of just one amino acid would be such an event), and physics (according to the second law of thermodynamics, systems increase in entropy [disorder] over time rather than increasing in order, as is posited by the theory of evolution).
Dembski waxes eloquently on the distictions between Darwinism, Scientific Creationism and Intelligent Design. Arguments are compelling and thoroughly thought-out. Takes quite a bit of time to follow some of the logical constructs, but it is worth the effort. It is not a stretch to think that intelligence can be identified. If not, the whole concept behind Mensa is a joke. How do they know that their members are truly smart, and haven't accidentally scored high on the so-called tests? It could be randomness that just happened to coalesce in their favor. Only those bent on intellectual suicide, for their own purposes, could patently dismiss Dembski's arguments. But then again, their whole line of reasoning could be random noise, who knows?
This book is great if you need to justify your belief in the almighty. If you buy this book and you believe it, great. If you are a skeptic, then this book is not for you.