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Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism
by Taner Edis and Matt Young
contributions by Gert Korthof, Ian Musgrave, Alan Gishlick, Wesley Elsberry, Gary Hurd, Jeffrey Shallit, Mark Perakh, Niall Shanks, Istavan Karsai, Victor Stenger and David Ussery
Rutgers University Press, 2004
Paper: 978-0-8135-3872-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-3433-6 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-6032-8
Library of Congress Classification BL240.3.W49 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 213


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.

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