Intelligent design is a controversial set of arguments which assert that empirical evidence supports the conclusion that life on Earth was deliberately designed by one or more intelligent agents.
Intelligent design advocates argue that the standard scientific model of evolution by natural selection is insufficient to explain the origin, complexity, and diversity of life. More specifically, Intelligent design adherents believe that there exist instances of irreducible complexity, which in their view are impossible to evolve and therefore must have been created by an intelligent designer.
The creation of life is just one aspect of the general idea that there are things that cannot just happen and that must occur by the intervention of mind. In his book Contact, Carl Sagan explored the kind of objective evidence that would be needed in order to support the idea that the universe had been created. Sagan suggested that a creator of the universe might have "signed his work" by building a coded message into the physical laws of the universe. Would finding such a code turn Intelligent design into a true science?
Origin of LifeEdit
When ever Intelligent Design advocates cannot explain a phenomenon, they propose that the phenomenon arose by a special intervention of intelligent design. Thus, the scope for Intelligent Design is only limited by further progress in science and dicovery of natural processes that account for phenomena. For Intelligent Design advocates, the origin of living systems from non-living molecules is a favorite "gap" in the materialistic world view. Experiments such as the Miller-Urey experiment have indicated that the abiogenic production of complex molecules is most likely under "reducing" conditions. There has been dispute over the question of if the early Earth was a reducing environment. Recent work by Bruce Fegley and others suggests that the likely composition of the early Earth would have produced a reducing environment.
- NSTP (Non – Spatial Thinking Process) theory
- Bright movement statement on Intelligent Design
- Darwin Central