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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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"Intelligent Design Uncensored is a five-star fantastic voyage! Nonscientists will be swept up by the lively, readable story of discovery while aspiring young scientists will learn why their experimental work in the lab will do just fine without Neo-Darwinism telling them where to go." (Dr. Philip S. Skell, National Academy of Sciences, and Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University)

"A tour de force in which two prodigious intellects apply their remarkable communication skills to the relentless pursuit of truth . . . and a sterling example of open-minded scientific inquiry that allows facts to lead wherever they may. Congratulations to Dembski and Witt for ably dismantling the stereotypical caricature of intelligent design." (Hank Hanegraaff, author of Fatal Flaws: What Evolutionists Don't Want You to Know)

"Dembski and Witt are the perfect combination. They deliver an explanation of intelligent design that is at once precise, lucid and, well, witty. Intelligent Design Uncensored shows that ID is not only intellectually serious, but intuitively compelling. ID is widely misunderstood and maligned by its critics, and sometimes hard to grasp, even by its friends. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, read this book." (Jay Richards, coauthor of The Privileged Planet and author of Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem)

"Don't let its conversational, nontechnical prose fool you; Intelligent Design Uncensored is a first-rate introduction to the intelligent design debate from two writers who know the subject better than just about anyone else. A useful resource for students of all ages!" (Guillermo Gonzalez, astrobiologist and coauthor of The Privileged Planet)

"The book we've all been waiting for--a down-to-earth and clear explanation of the stunning scientific discoveries which underpin intelligent design theory and its implications, as well as a comprehensive rebuttal of the common objections. This book will excite the layman and provide a valuable starting point for the serious student of the science of origins." (Alastair Noble, Ph.D., chemistry, former BBC Education Officer and Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools for Science, Scotland)

"Darwinians fired away throughout 2009, the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, but could not kill the concept of intelligent design. This book is the first salvo of the next 150 years. Dembski and Witt succinctly explain what the war is about in a way understandable to a general audience. If people you know have bought the propaganda that ID is just a gussied-up version of six-day creationism, give them this book." (Dr. Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World, and provost, The King's College, New York City)

"Who says accurate, cutting-edge science has to be a bore? Dembski and Witt make the biological nuts and bolts come alive and dance. They show that intelligent design is not only true, it's fun!" (Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry, Lehigh University, and author of Darwin's Black Box)

About 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).

Jonathan Witt (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is research fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI and senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly an associate professor at Lubbock Christian University. He has published articles in Philosophia Christi, Touchstone, Literature & Theology, Windover and Princeton Theological Review and Philosophia Christi.

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A mathematician and philosopher, William A. Dembski is Research Professor in Philosophy at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, where he directs its Center for Cultural Engagement. He is also a senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. Previously he was the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and Science at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he founded its Center for Theology and Science. Before that he was Associate Research Professor in the Conceptual Foundations of Science at Baylor University, where he headed the first intelligent design think-tank at a major research university: The Michael Polanyi Center.

Dr. Dembski has 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. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, he also received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. He has held National Science Foundation graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

Dr. Dembski has published articles in mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology journals and is the author/editor of more than a dozen books. In The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities (Cambridge University Press, 1998), he examines the design argument in a post-Darwinian context and analyzes the connections linking chance, probability, and intelligent causation. The sequel to The Design Inference appeared with Rowman & Littlefield in 2002 and critiques Darwinian and other naturalistic accounts of evolution. It is titled No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. Dr. Dembski has edited several influential anthologies, including Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing (ISI, 2004) and Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (Cambridge University Press, 2004, co-edited with Michael Ruse). His newest book, The End of Christianity, differs markedly from his others, attempting to understand how the Fall of humanity can be real in light of modern science.

As interest in intelligent design has grown in the wider culture, Dr. Dembski has assumed the role of public intellectual. In addition to lecturing around the world at colleges and universities, he is frequently interviewed on the radio and television. His work has been cited in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, including three front page stories in the New York Times as well as the August 15, 2005 Time magazine cover story on intelligent design. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR (Diane Rehm, etc.), PBS (Inside the Law with Jack Ford; Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson), CSPAN2, CNN, Fox News, ABC Nightline, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Customer Reviews

The book provides an introduction to the arguments for intelligent design.
R. Holden
Those who are not hopelessly dogmatized into their respective religion or irreligion, can learn a lot from this book.
John Ferrer
This book is good as an introductory brief survey of issues surrounding the ID.
Konstantin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. B. FEATHERSTON on March 14, 2013
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Have you wondered what to believe about the origin of life and our universe? Is it like Darwin said--the result of random chance and natural selection, or is there a guiding intelligence behind it? Bill Dembski, one of the most articulate spokespersons for ID, summarizes it in this book which is easiy understood by the layman.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Spellman on August 28, 2010
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I keep waiting for some literature from the arena of Apologetics or Intelligent Design to present an argument not written from the strengths of its opposing viewpoint. After having read "Intelligent Design Uncensored", I will have to wait a little longer. The problem with ID in general is not its principal, but its arguments from a lack of hard data. Dembski's arguments based on scientific principles are short-lived in this work and quickly turn into a political platform. Either one would be fine alone. However, I went into this book believing there was going to be a presentation based on something more than highlighting those issues of Materialism with which Dembski takes exception. Although, his points may be taken as valid as line item issues, he jumps to too many areas of study in too short a fashion to make this book seem anything more than a series of quick subject discussions lacking any real substance. If someone wants a quick overview of ID without any bells or whistles, please read this book. This is not the book for someone seeking a more in depth discussion of the issues surrounding evolution versus intelligent design.
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53 of 78 people found the following review helpful By John Ferrer on May 5, 2010
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When a reviewer unloads propagandist lingo, as was seen above [it's apparently been deleted because of my review], first ask yourself--what substantive content from this book has he/she actually interacted with? Methinks it is the injured dog which barks loudest.

The reviewer has an obvious chip on his shoulder, and it is not at all evident that he even read the book. If not, then shame on him. If so, then the review would do well to reflect meaningful interaction with the content here. Oddly enough, he himself illustrates how important it is to treat intelligent design from many different angles, including the sociological and interpersonal angle, as Dembski does here.

As for the subject matter of the book, sociologist and historians and philosophers of science can all weigh-in on this multi-faceted subject, all while scientists continue to debate the finer points of intelligent design. I'm glad for books like this which can help reveal some of the seamy underworld involved in the sciences. I'm not trying to overplay it, but it is quite interesting to hear how unscientific scientists can be, and how anti-inquisitive academics can be. This book does well to introduce how purported scientific theories are handled and how they affect people. Science is rarely cold, objective reasoning, with the full weight of facts and certainty on its side. It is instead messy, ugly, accidental, and personal, and can even be bigoted--and that's the good science.

Dembski's books always touch a nerve, and opponents never tire of trying to discredit him, dismiss his work, and deride the mention of his name. Those who are not hopelessly dogmatized into their respective religion or irreligion, can learn a lot from this book. Don't let the trolls dissuade you from investigating into the claims of intelligent design. True or false, it is an important subject with far-reaching implications and deserves to be understood for its cultural and scientific implications.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Konstantin on October 4, 2010
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It was fine book on ID. Not exhaustive and not too detailed.
In my opinion, it dwelt too much on theology, especially in later chapters. Which is fine, but for this title I did not expect that.
In any case, I liked the book and I would recommend it to honest people who want to look into a subject with open mind (here I mean not "open mind" as used by naturalists to market themselves and so called atheist "free-thinkers", I mean REALLY open-minded).
This book is good as an introductory brief survey of issues surrounding the ID. For thorough treatment of objections I would recommend The Design Revolution: Answering The Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design.
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28 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. Holden on May 8, 2010
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This book is an easily understood guide to the intelligent design/evolution controversy. It provides clear definitions of philosophical materialism and methodological materialism. Discussions of science cross the line into philosophy without people being aware of the issues. It details a series of logical fallacies that are used against intelligent design which even critics need to consider. The book provides an introduction to the arguments for intelligent design. Michael Behe's case for irreducible complexity is discussed as well as some of the rejoinders to that argument. William Dembski's arguments on specified complexity are outlined with helpful discussions about how to distinguish between the appearance of design and actual design. The book provides helpful sources for finding out more information on ID. The cultural implications of this debate are also exposed. The book is an appeal for academic freedom so that both sides of this debate can be researched and discussed in academia. The book concludes with suggestions for action on the part of supporters of intelligent design. The footnotes are not hyperlinked in the Kindle edition.
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34 of 52 people found the following review helpful By arpard fazakas on November 3, 2010
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Two arguments keep recurring among proponents of ID. One is that probability proves that it is mathematically impossible for evolution of life to have occurred. The problem with this argument is the numbers used to create the probability estimates are poorly constrained, so you can use them to prove or disprove anything you want. It's analogous to using the Drake equation to estimate the number of intelligent civilizations out there. We don't have any good idea of what most of the numbers in the equation are, so you can take your pick and come up with just about any answer you want. What we do know is there are billions of galaxies out there, each with hundreds of billions of stars, and we've found planets orbiting many of the stars we've so far investigated, so there seems to be at least a possibility that the number of environments in the universe in which life might have evolved roughly matches the rarity of life evolving on one of them. Granted, we just don't know, but this is a far cry from claiming to have proven that evolution of life is a mathematical impossibility.

A second argument frequently used by proponents of ID is that scientists who support evolution are close-minded, and their belief in evolution is no different than a Christian's belief in God. Let's suppose both statements are true. That doesn't reduce the viability of evolution as the dominant paradigm of contemporary biology. It got that way by support from many complementary lines of evidence, by making many correct predictions, and by demonstrating enormous explanatory power for a wide range of biological phenomena. The personalities and biases of the individual scientists are really not relevant.
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