Research on Intelligent Design

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Monday, October 24, 2005

The Origin of Intelligent Design

The Origin of Intelligent Design: A brief history of the scientific theory of intelligent design, by Jonathan Witt, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute. Oct. 1, 2005 (PDF file).


Critics of the theory of intelligent design often assert that it is simply a re-packaged version of creationism, and that it began after the Supreme Court struck down the teaching of creationism in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987. In reality, the idea of intelligent design reaches back to Socrates and Plato, and the term “intelligent design” as an alternative to blind evolution was used as early as 1897. More recently, discoveries in physics, astronomy, information theory, biochemistry, genetics, and related disciplines during the past several decades provided the impetus for scientists and philosophers of science to develop modern design theory. Many of the central ideas for the theory of intelligent design were already being articulated by scientists and philosophers of science by the early 1980s, well before the Edwards v. Aguillard decision.


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