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Debating design : from Darwin to DNA
Dembski, William A., 1960-
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New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
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xiii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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In this book, first published in 2004, William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been 'design'. Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, is that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: Darwinism, self-organisation, theistic evolution, and intelligent design. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introductory essays furnish a historical overview of the debate.

Table of Contents

Introduction: General introduction William Dembski and Michael Ruse; The argument from design: a brief history Michael Ruse; WhoâÇÖs afraid of ID? A survey of the intelligent design movement Angus Menuge
Part I Darwinism
Design with designer: DarwinâÇÖs greatest discoveryFrancisco Ayala
The flagellum unspun: the collapse of âÇ irreducible complexityâÇÖKenneth Miller
The design argumentElliott Sober
DNA by design? Stephen Meyer and the return of the god hypothesisRobert Pennock
Part II Complex Self-Organization:
5 Prolegomenon to a general biologyStuart Kauffman
Darwinism, design and complex systems dynamicsDavid Depew and Bruce Weber
Emergent complexity, teleology, and the arrow of timePaul Davies
The emergence of biological valueJames Barham
Part III Theistic Evolution
9 Darwin, design and divine providenceJohn Haught
10 The inbuilt potentiality of creationJohn Polkinghorne
11 Theistic evolutionKeith Ward
12 Intelligent design: some geological, historical and theological questionsMichael Roberts
13 The argument from laws of nature reassessedRichard Swinburne
Part IV Intelligent Design:
14 The logical underpinnings of intelligent designWilliam Dembski
15 Information, entropy and the origin of lifeWalter Bradley
16 Irreducible complexity: obstacle to Darwinian evolutionMichael Behe
17 The Cambrian information explosion: evidence for intelligent designStephen Meyer