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Why Intelligent Design is Sound Science

A thorough review of Darwin's Doubt in The American Spectator by Tom Bethell stares down the prejudices of Darwinists and explains why intelligent design not only is true--but also it's good science. (Believe it or not, there actually have been articles saying that ID might be true, but that that didn't matter because it is "not science".)

Writes Bethell, "In the third part of his book, Meyer outlines his positive case for intelligent design. Ironically, here he uses the same principle of scientific reasoning that Darwin used in the Origin. Darwin subscribed to a principle of scientific reasoning known as the Vera Causa principle. This asserts that scientists should seek to explain events in the remote past by causes 'now in operation.' Meyer applies this to the question of the origin of the information necessary to produce new forms of animal life. He argues that the only known cause of the origin of the kind of digital information that arises in the Cambrian explosion is intelligent activity. He quotes the information theorist Henry Quastler who stated that 'the creation of information is habitually associated with conscious activity.' Thus, he concludes, using Darwin's principle, that intelligent design provides the best explanation for the Cambrian information explosion."

Those on the political right who think that ID is a mistaken detour in combat with the materialist and determinist worldview of the left should spend some quality time with Steve Meyer--like read the book before you form an opinion! And they will be encouraged to do so by the careful analysis of Tom Bethell.

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