Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism / Edition 1by Taner Edis, Matt Young
Pub. Date: 05/28/2004
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
"This book is a readable and devastating scientific analysis of intelligent design creationism. . . .unlike ID's proponents, these authors have done the real science that deflates the claims of intelligent design. Their work deserves the respect of everyone with a say in what is taught in public school science classes." --Barbara Forrest, co-author of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design
"A terrific book that explores, fairly and openly, whether proponents of ID have any scientifically valid gadgets in their toolbox at all. . . .accessibly written throughout and an invaluable aid to teachers and scientists." --Kevin Padian, Professor and Curator, University of California, Berkeley and President, National Center for Science Education
"'Intelligent-design theory' makes extravagant claims, but refuses to come up with even a small fraction of the evidence needed to sustain them. Why Intelligent Design Fails brings together clear and devastating arguments by true scientists, which will convince perceptive and fair-minded readers that 'intelligent design' belongs to the history of propaganda, not to the achievements of science."-Norman Levitt, Author of Prometheus Bedeviled: Science and the Contradictions of Contemporary Culture (Rutgers University Press)
Is Darwinian evolution established fact, or a dogma ready to be overtaken by the next scientific revolution? The intelligent design movement argues the latter.
Why Intelligent Design Fails assembles a team of physicists, biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and archaeologists to examine intelligent design from a scientific perspective. They consistently find grandiose claims without merit.
Contributors take intelligent design's two most famous claims--irreducible complexity and information-based arguments--and show that neither challenges Darwinian evolution. They also discuss thermodynamics and self-organization; the ways human design is actually identified in fields such as forensic archaeology; how research in machine intelligence indicates that intelligence itself is the product of chance and necessity; and cosmological fine-tuning arguments.
Intelligent design turns out to be a scientific mistake, but also a useful contrast highlighting the amazing power of Darwinian thinking and the wonders of a complex world without design.
Matt Young is the author of No Sense of Obligation: Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe. He is a retired physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and now teaches physics at the Colorado School of Mines. Taner Edis is an assistant professor of physics at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and the author of The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science.
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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Grand Themes, Narrow Constituency||9|
|Chapter 2||Grand Designs and Facile Analogies: Exposing Behe's Mousetrap and Dembski's Arrow||20|
|Chapter 3||Common Descent: It's All or Nothing||32|
|Chapter 4||Darwin's Transparent Box: The Biochemical Evidence for Evolution||48|
|Chapter 5||Evolutionary Paths to Irreducible Systems: The Avian Flight Apparatus||58|
|Chapter 6||Evolution of the Bacterial Flagellum||72|
|Chapter 7||Self-Organization and the Origin of Complexity||85|
|Chapter 8||The Explanatory Filter, Archaeology, and Forensics||107|
|Chapter 9||Playing Games with Probability: Dembski's Complex Specified Information||121|
|Chapter 10||Chance and Necessity--and Intelligent Design?||139|
|Chapter 11||There Is a Free Lunch after All: William Dembski's Wrong Answers to Irrelevant Questions||153|
|Chapter 12||Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Us?||172|
|Chapter 13||Is Intelligent Design Science?||185|
|Appendix||Organizations and Web Sites||197|
|About the Contributors||223|
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