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The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design

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A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist. Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution? Today scientists, mathematicians and philosophers in the intelligent design movement are challenging a certain view of science--one that limits its investigations and procedures to purely law-like and mechanical explanations. They charge that there is no scientific reason ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by IVP Books (first published January 13th 2004)
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Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It is puzzling to me that today in the information age, confusion abounds about the nature of intelligent design. It is not a conceptually difficult idea that is claimed, and yet misrepresentations abound. Dembski's book, therefore, is invaluable at setting the record straight. It consists of 44 short chapters, each of which is only 6-8 pages long and deals with a specific question that he has encountered about intelligent design. Taken as a whole, the intelligent design position is sharply clar ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book really is a stunning accomplishment. Dembski is a real master at organizing a tremendous amount of material and getting straight to the point. The result can be slow going for the non-specialist like myself, but very rewarding.
Despite all the desperate attempts to silence ID, they are not going away. Chapter 41 (Peer Review) alone is worth the cover price -- it shows the lengths to which the neo-Darwinian establishment will go to belittle and marginalize any creative attempts to questi
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I actually thought this was a good book and very thought provoking. Now to let everyone know I looked at all the negative critiques of this book. Before I read the book. Several of these published here were also, posted on Amazon as critiques of the book. The caveat with these people criticizing the book is: they say that they read the book, but in reality it's very obvious they haven't, They criticize his last book, No Free Lunch, and they attack the character of William A. Dembski. This ...more
Rahell Omer
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the first publication by Dembski that I read, although I had heard of him many year before now.

Dembski argues for Intelligent Design - ID by means of "Specified Complexity". That's the crux of his argument. I had even read a lot about Specified Complexity, but since this was directly from Dembski, it was different. (If you want, you can just search for Specified Complexity and take it from there).

What is specified complexity - SC?
Imagine a combination lock whose dial is numbered from z
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A good book for those who want to know the basics of intelligent design.
Branyon May
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
One of the most important aspects of this book is its defining and describing what the concept of Intelligent Design is and is not. The scope and theoretical construct of design is fundamental to so many areas of science, and the evidence, inference and example of intelligent design follows the same pathways of reason.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot of information in it, no pun intended. I learned a lot about design, information, and lots of theories. It isn't an easy read and it takes a while to get through but Dembski lays out a handful of great points and arguments. A great read for anyone interested in learning about design and the scientific power that it holds.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, apologetics
Excellent explanation and defense of Intelligent Design as a legitimate and superior scientific theory to Darwinism.
Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
A collection of problems and objects to the design hypothesis, as distinguished from creation science.
Jonathan B
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Essential reading for those interested in ID. It gives answers to every objection you'll see floating around the internet about ID theory.
Erroll Treslan
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
The following is my Irreligiosity column from the October 1, 2011 edition of the Owen Sound Sun Times which was inspired by reading this book:

By now most people are generally familiar with what has come to be known as the theory of intelligent design (“ID”). ID has become a favored concept among creationists and anyone having a religious persuasion that finds it hard to accept that life as we know it arose from inorganic matter. But what exactly is ID? In the words of one of its most famous prop
A Primer on a Pseudoscience Masquerading as Science

Advocates of Intelligent Design claim that their hypothesis has no relationship at all with religion - especially of the fundamentalist Protestant Christian variety - so it is most curious that the foreword to this relatively terse tome is written by none other than fellow Brunonian - and former Nixon administration official and imprisoned Watergate affair conspirator, now born-again Christian - Charles Colson. I'm sorry, but having Colson write
Apr 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Dr. William Dembski
This book is designed as a question-answerer for the most common questions/criticisms of Intelligent Design. Not really a sit-down-and-read all-at-once book... by nature of the format there is necessarily some overlap in the answers.

Dembski proves himself a scholar not just in mathematics, but holds his own in philosophy, language, and science. His insights into the problems at hand are keen. He has a knack for exposing the faulty logic hiding behind facades of scholarship.

Technical at time, bu
Some interesting and reasonable arguments, coupled with some occasional mediocre and even somewhat foolish ones.

On the plus side, I have the hardcover and I have never experienced a book that feels so physically comfortable in my hands. Holding it makes me want to read it.

A lot of chapters, but the short length makes sitting down and reading one a comfortable and quick task.

Certainly won't be enough to sway many people over to ID that will have the time and energy to think everything this boo
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good read. It finally answers the question of whether ID is Creationism. And, as I understand ID through this book, it is not. However, it doesn't appear to have passed scientific muster, either. There's a lot of math-babble to the point where the words tend to meld together (Specified Complexity mixed with Random Chance etc...). But if you want a medium-level introduction to ID with a little bit of religio-political posturing, then this is the book for you.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Plenty of people have reviewed this one, both pro and con, rational and otherwise, so I'll only say that I have found it very helpful in assessing the array of criticisms and and questions that come up in the discussion of intelligent design.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shoddy science. Potentially interesting ideas in some cases, foolish in others.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: origins
Follow-up to No Free Lunch, Dembski continues to lead the Intelligent Design movement. This book focuses on current debate issues (43 rebuttals) and less on actual theory. A good read.
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I got the audiobook for free, so that's what I 'read'. a lot of it was hard for me to follow on audio, so if I had read the actual book I may have gotten more out of it and given it a higher rating.
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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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“The very comprehensibility of the world points to an intelligence behind the world. Indeed, science would be impossible if our intelligence were not adapted to the intelligibility of the world. The match between our intelligence and the intelligibility of the world is no accident. Nor can it properly be attributed to natural selection, which places a premium on survival and reproduction and has no stake in truth or conscious thought. Indeed, meat-puppet robots are just fine as the output of a Darwinian evolutionary process.” 34 likes
“The fundamental claim of intelligent design is straightforward and easily intelligible: namely, there are natural systems that cannot be adequately explained in terms of undirected natural forces and that exhibit features which in any other circumstance we would attribute to intelligence.” 24 likes
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