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Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science after working as an oil industry geophysicist. He now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He authored Signature in the Cell, a (London) Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year.

Michael J. Behe is a Professor of Biological Science at Lehigh University, where he has worked since 1985. From 1978 to 1982 he did postdoctoral work on DNA structure at the National Institutes of Health. From 1982 to 1985 he was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Queens College in New York City. He has authored more than forty technical papers, but he is best known as the author of "Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution." He lives near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and nine children.

William A. Dembski is an associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University as well as a senior fellow with Seattle's Discovery Institute. His most important books are The Design Inference (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and No Free Lunch (2002).
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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898708095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898708097
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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This book is a compliation of three essays (first 113 pages) which study the possibility of intelligent design from a physics, mathematical and philosophical aspect. The remainder of the book (approximately an additional 80 pages) make up the appendix which supplies three additional essays which speak about Intelligent Design and seek to address specific criticisms against this theory. The first appendix, entitled Answering Scientific Criticisms of Intelligent Design, is written by Michael Behe, a biochemist, and is possibly the best chapter of the entire book. For a primer on what "intelligent design" is considered to be by its proponents, this book would suffice. I would highly recommend this book to those who are interested in this subject.
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For those who are philosophically opposed to the notion that the universe may have been designed, the root of objection is not based on scientific evidence. It has become a mantra, a dogma, an article of faith to declare loudly that "evolution is a proven fact", but the statement needs to demonstrate that it asserts something true. If evolution is a proven fact, the scientific community that believes in evolution does not need to be shy. The evidence doesn't need to be hidden. Bring it out; let all seekers after truth and reality observe it. I may say that I have not come across any such evidence, and my fields are biochemistry and physics with a strong interest in mathematics. It's certainly possible there is information I haven't examined. I would love to know about it... but so far, evidence itself does not support a universe in which life came about by chance, necessity or a combination thereof.

This book explicates the problems that the Theory of Evolution has in its broadest sense as well as in a more explicit mechanistic sense. The articles comprising it are for the most part extremely well written. I should mention that the second article, the first of those written by Stephen Meyer, I found a little tedious but only because the author used therein a style that I consider rather heavy, repeating one concept and restating it in different words without adding anything in the restatement. I felt that the article could have been condensed by at least half without losing any sense. Yet WHAT Stephen Meyer was saying was interesting... and the second article written by him in the book had no such internal repetition and was highly readable.
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I have to give this book 5 stars to counter-balance the two reviews that slam this book. It is obvious that neither reviewer has read this book, in part or in total.
Intelligent Design is not creation science. It accepts evolution (i.e., common descent), gradual change over time, and natural selection as a fine-tuning mechanicism of life. It merely suggests that the formation of life is guided by intelligence - the exact question of how that intelligence performed its work, or who that intelligence is, is left open. (It could be anything from aliens to Zeus.)
Intelligent Design has caused Darwinian Fundamentalists to react with alarm because Darwinism is the central facet of their world view. Their objections are more philosophical than scientific (I've yet to read ONE negative review of an ID book that contains any science whatsoever). Darwinists have been the Grand Inquisitors of academia and are crushing real science. While Physics, Astronomy, Genetics, and other fields are literally taking quantum leaps into the future, evolutionary Biology has barely advanced past the early 1900s thanks to the the Fundamentalists' insistence that all evidence be construed, however obliquely, to support the notion that natural selection and random mutation can account for all life on earth.
Read about ID and make up your mind. Don't listen to Fundamentalists like Ken Miller and Richard Dawkins who are long on rhetoric and short on science.
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This book needs to be read by everyone who, mistakenly, thinks that the Ancient War between Religion and Science is over – especially by those who think that the scientists emerged victorious. This war has been fought by generations of intellectuals since Ancient Greece (when it was limited to Mind versus Body) and became vicious after the rise of Modern Science around 1700. It is a fundamental article of science today that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution must be believed as ‘true and proven’ if one is to be regarded as a ‘real’ scientist; this is particularly true for members of that aggressive tribe known as biologists. A similar Act of Faith is expected from physicists, who are expected to affirm that the Big Bang really happened and created the universe as we see it today. Particle physicists have been recruited for this war and their ‘discovery’ of the ‘Higgs boson’ is seen as providing further ‘real’ evidence for the foundations of these metaphysical battles. As a renegade physicist, who views many of the modern claims of theoretical physics as wrong, (see my review of “The Higgs Fake” by Unzicker) and also as a scientist who has looked long and hard for scientific evidence for the validity of Dawinism, I have no hesitation in stating that the three sincere intellectuals authoring this book have made a strong case that the universe manifests characteristics of structured design. Their position is that there is very good evidence for investigating the hypothesis that Intelligence is responsible for the primary design, while natural selection following random variations (the scientific position) is a far weaker theory, which has failed logically and empirically.Read more ›
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