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Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design

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Fourteen brief and accessible essays by key players in the intelligent design movement
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Brazos Press
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Rod Innis
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A good book on the intelligent design position on origins.
Doutor Branco
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lidos-em-2013
In the book Dembski and Kushiner have assembled a collection of judicious and eloquent essays representing the often-misunderstood intelligent design movement. The 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. ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I consider these men to be the Galileo's of today. The world will look back on the 19th and 20th centuries as the real Dark Ages, when people believed that the universe was a product of random chance and unintelligent processes.

I especially enjoyed Stephen Meyer's work on DNA sequencing, and William Dembski's rigorous analysis of design inferences. Fantastic science. Shame on the current scientific community for their unscientific philosophical commitment to metaphysical naturalism, which actual
Tom Morris
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
The book does what it does on the cover - it helps you understand intelligent design. It helps you understand that it's just new bottles for old snake oil. Talk.Origins exists - go read it.

If you have to see this particular train-wreck in action, do as I did - buy it second-hand off Amazon.
May 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Marie by: Pastor Dodds
This book was a compilation of essays by most of the forerunners in intelligent design theory. I found it a bit redundant, but a few of the essays really stood out. I especially enjoyed Walter L. Bradley's The "Just So" Universe: The Fine-Tuning of Constants and Conditions in the Cosmos. Of course, Michael Behe always writes a clear and engaging piece, so I enjoyed that too.
Branyon May
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
This is a nice brief primer for understanding how intelligent design is defined and constructed scientifically. The various chapters are written by a variety of authors and from a variety of backgrounds, which makes the definition and implementation of intelligent design very cohesive.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
A good overview of the state of the discipline of I.D. Most essays were not new to me because of other reading, but some were very helpful in new info. Particularly chapts. 5, 10, 12. All were good, h
Dec 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, religion
A friend of mine generously shipped this book for me. I've only browsed portions of it, and must say I am not impressed by the "arguments"... But even so--and this is important--it's a very interesting collection of essays concerning the whole "pro et con Darwinism--and intelligent design."
Jeremy Copeland
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm not very good with science and usually I stay away from it. But I read this as a discipline and actually enjoyed it. It's pretty approachable for a science book.
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A plausible look at an alternative theory of origins.
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A mathematician and philosopher, Dr. William Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in stat ...more
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“Constrained optimization is the art of compromise between conflicting objectives. This is what design is all about. To find fault with biological design - as Stephen Jay Gould regularly does - because it misses some idealized optimum is therefore gratuitous. Not knowing the objectives of the designer, Gould is in no position to say whether the designer has proposed a faulty compromise among those objectives.” 6 likes
“Even if the intelligent design of some structure has been established, it still is a separate question whether a wise, powerful, and beneficent God ought to have designed a complex, information-rich structure one way or another. For the sake of argument, let's grant that certain designed structures are not simply, as Gould put it, "odd" or "funny," but even cruel. What of it? Philosophical theology has abundant resources for dealing with the problem of evil, maintaining a God who is both omnipotent and benevolent in the face of evil.” 5 likes
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