Why Intelligent Design Fails

Why Intelligent Design Fails

A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism

Book - 2004
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Is Darwinian evolution established fact, or a dogma ready to be overtaken by "intelligent design"? This is the debate raging in courtrooms and classrooms across the country.

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 a mistake whose details highlight the amazing power of Darwinian thinking and the wonders of a complex world without design.

Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780813534336
081353433X
Branch Call Number: 213 WHY
Characteristics: xv, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Matt 1941-
Edis, Taner 1967-

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