Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism

Synopsis

Is Darwinian evolution an 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.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Matt Young
  • Boulder
  • Colorado
  • Taner Edis
  • Kirksville
  • Matt Young
  • Boulder
  • Colorado
  • Taner Edis
  • Kirksville
  • Missouri
  • Gert Korthof
  • David Ussery
  • Alan D. Gishlick
  • Ian Musgrave
  • Niall Shanks
  • Istvan Karsai
  • Gary S. Hurd
  • Jeffrey Shallit
  • Wesley Elsberry
  • Mark Perakh
  • Victor J. Stenger
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New Brunswick, NJ
Publication year:
  • 2004