Category: Science

Daniel Dennett Jumps the Shark

Daniel Dennett is the new H.G. Wells and Leon Wieseltier is his Chesterton.  Dennett’s latest book, Breaking the Spell:  Religion as Natural Phenomenon, seems to be an updated version (and narrower) version of Wells’ Outline of History in which Wells attempted to explain...

/ February 20, 2006

Meaning and Darwinism

On Sunday morning, I attended church at Anaheim Vineyard to hear Dr. J.P. Moreland speak on anxiety, an issue I’ve dealt with repeatedly the last eight months. In his sermon, he argued that Darwin and the adoption of scientific naturalism...

/ February 7, 2006

Part IV – What is “information”?

Many thanks to Radar, a newcomer, for his thoughtful comments and his referencing real research in the areas we are discussing and attempting to shed light on. Radar, I assume you have encountered a few answers to the question “What...

/ January 9, 2006

(More ID vs. E) A Distinction between “Mechanism” and “Originating Cause”

Many people are trying to understand the answer to this question: “Where did all the complexity come from?” IDers say, “It came from an intelligent designer,” Evolvers say, “It came from previous simplicity, gradually increasing in complexity.” In the previous...

/ January 9, 2006

a refreshingly clear definition

“The theory of intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection. ID is thus a scientific disagreement with...

/ January 5, 2006

Part IV – What is “information”?

Many thanks to Radar, a newcomer, for his thoughtful comments and his referencing real research in the areas we are discussing and attempting to shed light on. Radar, I assume you have encountered a few answers to the question “What...

/ January 5, 2006

Part III – What does “intelligent” mean?

A hearty thanks to Warren for his thoughtful responses. There is a second misunderstanding that I have observed twice or thrice, here or there. It is a simple and understandable one, having to do with the term “intelligent.” Warren conveniently...

/ January 3, 2006

Part II – What, then, IS intelligent design?

It is an interpretation of the evidence found in the observable universe. *In interpreting evidence, there are three types of causes used by scientists. 1. Law, 2. chance, and 3. intention (or design). 1. Law explains things like the rate...

/ January 2, 2006

Part I – What is NOT Intelligent Design?

Twice I have heard certain critiques levelled against intelligent design theory and its proponents that do not seem to me to comment on the actual theory. I would like to present this critique now and point out that is not...

/ January 2, 2006

ID the Missing Link?

Intelligent design may be the missing link to restoring relations between the Muslim world and the West. So argues Mr. Akyol in an exciting and, no doubt, provocative essay. Here’s a preview: That “revolutionized worldview” — in which God is...

/ December 2, 2005