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September 04, 2004

Peer Reviewed Intelligent Design Article Provokes Outrage

Dr. Steven Meyer's got more than he bargained for after publishing a peer-reviewed scientific journal artical that defended "Intelligent Design"; he was met with "hysteria, name-calling and personal attack." [more]

On August 4th, 2004 an extensive review essay by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, Director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture appeared in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington (volume 117, no. 2, pp. 213-239). The Proceedings is a peer-reviewed biology journal published at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

In the article, entitled “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories”, Dr. Meyer argues that no current materialistic theory of evolution can account for the origin of the information necessary to build novel animal forms. He proposes intelligent design as an alternative explanation for the origin of biological information and the higher taxa.

Dr. Meyer concludes:

An experience-based analysis of the causal powers of various explanatory hypotheses suggests purposive or intelligent design as a causally adequate--and perhaps the most causally adequate--explanation for the origin of the complex specified information required to build the Cambrian animals and the novel forms they represent. For this reason, recent scientific interest in the design hypothesis is unlikely to abate as biologists continue to wrestle with the problem of the origination of biological form and the higher taxa.
The response of the scientific community to this peer reviewed and thought provoking article is revealing. Dr. Meyer is not asserting scientific creationism but rather addresses the inadequacy of current theories to explain the oring of biological information.

Posted by Blogorithm at September 4, 2004 01:18 PM


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