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Director's Introduction

The Director of the Centre for Intelligent Design, Dr Alastair Noble, introduces the Intelligent Design debate in this 4 minute video clip.

Dr Alastair Noble's introduction to ID

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How the Scientific Consensus can hinder Science

How the Scientific Consensus can hinder Science

This article seeks to discuss "Scientific consensus" as it is understood today and how, in the past, scientific consensus has had to undergo seismic shifts. Read more

Intelligent Design is definitely NOT Creationism

Intelligent Design is definitely NOT Creationism

Dismissing Intelligent Design as 'Creationism' is the easy way of avoiding having to deal with the empirical evidence for design. Read more

Was there a cause of the universe?

Was there a cause of the universe?

Cosmologists tell us that we now know a fair amount of detail about the conditions of the universe from the first split second, 13.7 billion years ago. Read more

The Fine Tuned Universe

The Fine Tuned Universe

The words ‘fine tuning of the universe’ have been around for quite a while and are greeted with bafflement, scepticism and wonder; in about equal proportions. What on earth (or in the universe) does it mean? Theoretical physicist Paul Davies calls it the ‘Goldilocks Enigma’.1 Is it real... Read more

University finds brain's complexity beyond belief

University finds brain's complexity beyond belief

RESEARCHERS  have found that a single human brain has more molecular-scale switches than all the computers, routers and Internet connections on the entire planet! Read more

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Doubly designed?

Metamorphosis: the beauty and design of butterflies

Watch this 4' 22" video clip to explore the world of butterflies which, in the words of the commentary, are shown to be doubly designed!

Metamorphosis: The Beauty & Design of Butterflies

Academic Freedom

See the new menu item ACADEMIC FREEDOM. To quote from the lead in to the new page: ".... However, there is another key issue raised by ID.  It is the freedom of academics and science educators to explore and discuss the issues associated with ID.  The exploration of ID within science should not be dismissed as something it is not – a disguised religious position."

Press Release

The Centre for Intelligent Design on September 27th 2011 issued a press release and additional material relating to the call by Prof Richard Dawkins, Sir David Attenborough and others for a legal  ban on Creationism and Intelligent Design in Britain's schools. Click here for the Press Release page.

Meyer vs Fox on Premier Radio:

Is Intelligence allowed in Biological Science?

Don’t miss a most revealing debate on Premier Radio between Stephen Meyer, a leading proponent of Intelligent Design who directs the Centre for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and Keith Fox, Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University, who also chairs the UK Christians in Science network.

This programme was broadcast when Dr Meyer was in London recently for the Inaugural Lecture of the Centre for Intelligent Design, UK. That event focused on Dr Meyer’s recent book ‘Signature in the Cell’ – a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year - which claims to show that the DNA code is the product of intelligent mind, not naturalistic processes. Prof Fox disagrees strongly with ID, arguing instead that, given time, scientists should be able to work out a naturalistic explanation. The core of this debate is not just how life could have originated, but whether intelligent mind as a cause is allowed as an explanation in science. Click here to find the broadcast.

NEW Prof Norman Nevin, OBE 

- An Obituary

Prof Norman Nevin, OBE

It is with great sadness that we record the death of our distinguished President, Prof Norman Nevin OBE, on June 28th 2014.  Prof Nevin was an unrivalled source of advice, direction and inspiration to all of us associated with the Centre for Intelligent Design.

Prof Nevin born in Belfast in 1935 and was raised in the Crumlin Road area of the city. He was educated at the Belfast Boys Model School and Grosvenor High School, and then studied medicine at the Queens University of Belfast (QUB) where he won the class prize in each of the subjects he studied.

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Why the fossils from the Cambrian era rock the foundations of Darwinism
With just under two months to go to the much anticipated release of Dr Steve Meyer's new book on the Cambrian explosion (Darwin's Doubt: The explosive origin of animal life and the case for intelligent design), some people may be wondering what the 'Cambrian Explosion' is all about. All is explained in this new article by Andrew Halloway.

Charles Darwin was baffled as to why the fossil record contradicted the predictions of his theory.

In his classic book ‘On the Origin of Species’, Darwin wrote that if evolution were true “it is indisputable that before the lowest Cambrian stratum was deposited… the world swarmed with living creatures”. Yet he admitted that the rocks below the Cambrian layers were almost devoid of fossils.

Instead, in the Cambrian strata, “species belonging to several of the main divisions of the animal kingdom suddenly appear in the lowest known fossiliferous rocks” – without any evidence of earlier ancestral organisms. Darwin frankly acknowledged that this lack of ancestral forms was “a valid argument” against his theory1. But he hoped that future research would discover the missing evidence.

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The compound eye of arthropods is a model for designing specialised digital cameras.

Not for the first time scientists are copying what is found in nature to manufacture machines and instruments that are useful to us.  A recent article entitled ‘Digital cameras with designs inspired by the arthropod eye’[i]   details the work of scientists who have tried to design cameras based on arthropod eyes.

Fossilized Trilobite Compound Eye

Arthropod compound eyes are, to quote the authors: “uniquely sophisticated imaging systems”. This is because they have a very wide angle of view, low aberrations, high acuity to motion and infinite depth of field. They are hemispherical and have numerous light receiving ommatidia.
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New Research on the Organization of Human Speech

A new article in the journal Nature[i] details some fascinating research into the functional organization of human speech in the sensorimotor cortex of the brain. The researchers recorded neural activity directly from the cortical surface in three human subjects implanted with high density multi-electrode arrays, as part of their preparation for epilepsy surgery.

To quote the authors of this article: Speech communication critically depends on the ability to produce the large number of sounds that compose a given language. The wide range of spoken sounds results from highly flexible configuration of the vocal tract, which filters sound produced at the larynx through movements of the lips, jaw and tongue that are coordinated precisely. Each articulator (the authors mean the larynx, tongue, lips, jaw) has extensive degrees of freedom, making a large number of different speech movements possible . How humans exert such precise control despite the wide variety of movement possibilities is a central unanswered question.”

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Prof Mike Behe UK Tour

Prof Mike Behe, Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University, USA, toured the UK in November 2010.  He is author of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. For one week he gave lectures and was a speaker at a day conference in Oxford. Click here for a report on the tour.

Full details of the tour and the day conference can be found at the associated website www.darwinordesign.org.uk.

Premier Radio interview

Mike Behe is adamant that the latest science proves Intelligent Design to be true. He recently spoke to Premier Radio presenter Justin Brierley, who will be hosting the London leg of the Darwin or Design tour on Monday November 22nd. Justin began by asking Behe how it feels to be labelled a "maverick" by the majority of the scientific community.

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GUARDIAN - UK Centre for Intelligent Design claims it will focus on science, not religion



NATURE - Blogs - New intelligent design centre launches in Britain - September 24, 2010

Dr Noble says. "I would stress that we’re not targeting schools."