The Top Reasons For Intelligent Design
I recently got a heads-up to check out Intelligent Design Facts, and as I have had a long standing interest in the intelligent design vs. evolution battle I found it a refreshingly scientific and logical approach to defending intelligent design without resorting to the absolutist approach of "the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it."
The website essentially covers similar ground to Dr. Stephen C. Meyer's "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" but it does so through a very stimulating and salubrious approach. Consider it a guide to the justifications for intelligent design based exclusively on scientific facts written in a way that anyone with an eighth grade education can easily comprehend it all: Not a single phylogeny, ontogeny, or genocentricity in sight. However, instead of just ignoring those aspects of intelligent design, the website deals with those topics without once alienating its readers by even mentioning the topics by name. This represents an extremely wise approach given the level of interest in intelligent design by average Americans who lack an alphabet soup of diploma letters after their names.
As in Dr. Meyer's thesis much of the website centers on the Cambrian Explosion, but then again it is the primary event which evolutionary theory has proven effectively incapable of explaining, so the focus is definitely justified. To the lay person who may not be familiar with the Cambrian Explosion, it was a five million year period where almost 90% of all types of life present today suddenly appeared, fully formed and ready to go. The website meticulously explains, always in easy to understand language, the extent of the innovation in the basic forms of so many organisms that occurred in this period, and how recent scientific discoveries have determined that the very development of body forms we see around us is not possible under any current evolutionary theory.
It is also refreshing that the website does not lean on any theological crutches. Although the conclusion on the website is that according to the scientific evidence there has to be an intelligent sapience conducting this design, the site's articles do not ever go beyond a strictly scientific analysis of that evidence and venture off into the realm of theology.
The section headings sum up the areas which are credibly covered by the website in a thorough and scientifically valid manner:
- Small Scale Evolution Can't Cause Large Scale Changes
- The Cambrian Explosion
- Defining The Forms Of Living Things
- The Cambrian Specified Complexity
- New Genes & Proteins
- The Mathematical Impossibility Of Genetic Evolution
- The Great Darwinian Paradox
- The Illusion Of Self-Organization
- Hurry Up & Wait Evolution
- Evolution Cannot Account For Origins
There is also a resource section which lists hundreds of references.
Some of the pull quotes are extremely interesting:
It's a very interesting, if busy, website which is definitely worth a look. The intelligent design versus evolution confrontation can always use a new voice of scientific reason. As to my own personal position on Darwinian evolution versus intelligent design, it's completely irrelevant to the overall debate and I'll keep that to myself, thanks. I also will not engage in comment debates but I want to be very clear that inflammatory or obscene statements on either side of the debate will be deleted prior to being made visible in the comments section.
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