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  2. “New” Creationism: Intelligent Design

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  4. Intelligent Design: scientific/philosophical Claims: 1. the universe, or parts of it, have been designed by an “intelligence” 2. it is possible to detect evidence of design by “intelligence” -using “irreducible complexity” -using an “explanatory filter” (Design Inference – “complex specified info.”)

  5. Discovery Institute (Seattle), “Center for Renewal of Science and Culture” Wm. Demsbki Graphic Steve Meyer, (unidentified) Bruce Chapman, Paul Nelson, Jon Wells

  6. Center for Renewal of Science and Culture Goals: To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies. To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God. From CRSC web site, Oct. 1999

  7. 2 Kinds of “Materialism” Methodological Materialism (Science) Philosophical Materialism (Philosophy) Not the Same!

  8. Intelligent Design Creationism • Religious movement to promote theism over materialism • Attacks methodological materialism of science as producing philosophical materialism • Attacks evolution as example of materialism

  9. “The Wedge of Truth” Evolution Science(materialism) Society(materialism)

  10. SCISEARCH (>5300 journals) Note: all ID and IC articles in philosophy journals except 1996, which was a negative commentary in Geology journal. accessed 3/3/02

  11. What is the “Design” explanation for… • Nothing but microorganisms for 2 billion years? • Then a “bewildering variety” of multicellular organisms that don’t last long? • Why the first limbs look like modified fins? • Why the first jaws look like modified gill arches? • Why the first tetrapods have tail fins like fish? • Why the first birds have teeth like reptiles? • Why the first humans have brains the size of apes’ brains?

  12. People of differing theological views should learn who’s close to them, form alliances and put aside divisive issues ‘til later. I say after we’ve settled the issue of a Creator, we’ll have a wonderful time arguing about the age of the Earth. Phillip Johnson, Christianity Today, 4/27/98, p. 24

  13. Why Scientists Reject Intelligent Design Content: • ID lacks a coherent model of “what happened” • Repetition of old ideas; lack of new developments • Reliance on criticisms of “Darwinism” rather than positive model-building • Extra-scientific “Cultural Renewal” component of movement

  14. Why Scientists Reject Intelligent Design Methodology: • ID is an “argument from ignorance” • Faulty logic • Refutation of examples cannot refute theory • (Escape hatch: this example wrong, but here’s another…) • Abandonment of methodological naturalism • Avoidance of presentation of argument to scholarly community/lack of candor

  15. Conclusion: Whereas--- ID is questionable as science ID does not contribute to a better understanding of the natural world Presenting ID as a valid scientific alternative to evolution is at best premature Therefore, ID has not earned a place in the high school science curriculum

  16. www.NCSEWeb.org Crisis center Call: 800-290-6006