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The Intelligent-Design Movement: Science or Ideology?

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Abstract:

The past decade has seen the rise of a new wave of criticism of evolutionary biology, led by claims that it should be replaced by a new science of intelligent design. While the general question of inferring design may fairly be considered worthy of attention, claims that intelligent-design theory (IDT) constitutes a biological science are highly problematic. This article briefly summarizes the assertions made about IDT as a biological science and indicates why they do not stand up to analysis. While claiming that IDT is a biological science, its advocates have failed to actually produce a research program that merits serious attention. As such, it is clear that IDT is more driven by ideological considerations than by attention to actual scientific research.

Keywords: Imre Lakatos; Michael Behe; William Dembski; demarcation; evolutionary theory; intelligent-design theory

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9744.00406

Affiliations: Thiel College, USA gpeterso@thiel.edu.

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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