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Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design Paperback – March 1, 2001
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Citing inspiration from Quintilian's maxim, "Write not so that you can be understood but so that you cannot be misunderstood," Dembski and Kushiner have assembled a collection of judicious and eloquent essays representing the often-misunderstood intelligent design movement. Contributors include prominent Darwin-doubters Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer, together with a stable of scientists and philosophers associated with the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, which Meyer directs. Part I of the collection focuses on introducing intelligent design concepts and addressing general philosophical objections; Part II (composing about two-thirds of the book) includes more technical issues and examples of how design comes into play in scientific subfields such as cosmology, developmental biology and information theory. This collection reflects a maturing movement that is aware of its critics, more focused in its goals and mindful of the need to communicate its message to a nonspecialist audience even as it appeals for a hearing in the scientific community. Although Brazos is promoting the book within "science and faith" and "apologetics" categories, these essays promote intelligent design as a scientific research program rather than as a religious doctrine, and only a few call attention to the theological implications or underpinnings of design. Religious issues are actually de-emphasized by most of the contributors, who express frustration at being dismissed as "creationists" by critics in the scientific community. (Mar.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
William Dembski is a mathematician and philosopher, as well as editor of Mere Creation and author of The Design Inference. James Kushiner is editor of Touchstone magazine.
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Anyways, I digress: I sincerely recommend Dr. Bradley's "The 'Just So' Universe" (chapter XII) in conjunction with Dr. Gordon's illuminating of the absurd Cosmological Natural Selection (chapter XIV). I aim to read Dr. Dembski's "The Design Inference" to grasp his "explanatory filter" of answering if a thing is designed or not. With the advent of our understanding of the cell's complex information system as presented by Dr. Meyer (chapter VIII), I say with Philip Gold: "God plays scrabble." Read the book twice and join in challenging Darwin without blushing.
But, the magic of evolutionary theory is not unique because evolutionary theory has spread its nonsense throughout the US. For instance, the Big Bang theory, quarks, and strings are the magic of our atheistic physicists. Evolutionary theory has also brought to us all of the magic found in the US economic theory, most of the magic found in the US Supreme Court, lots of magic found in our educational system, and the magic produced by the US justice system.
The magicians of today's magic in the USA are coming from (1) the unconstitutional separation of State and God and (2) the separation of science and theology by those scientists who have not yet learned that any universe of finite things is not possible without a creator God. The first scientific proof of God's existence has been found recently and will show that these magicss are false. With this proof, even `chance' is turned into magic. In a universe of finite things, we will find absolute truths and relative truths. One absolute truth is found in the biochemical irreducible complexities spoken of by Behe and in the physical laws found by physical scientists. And, relative truths will be found in the probabilities spoken of by Dembski or in those irreducible complexities that can become more complex for long term purposes (adaptations, etc.).
This team of thinkers is on a very productive path that can be expected to expose important intelligent designs of God. If this team continues to expand research in biochemistry, we can expect to hear long-awaited medical news on cancer and perhaps news on a fusion energy furnace.
It might be time for the 'authorities' of the magics above to rethink their scientific positions, admit their errors and ask for forgiveness, or retire.
Although all chapters of this book are very interesting,Chapters 7 and 12 are important because they show some basic signs of God's design of the universe.
This book is needed by all parents who need advice to protect their children from destroying their minds in school.
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