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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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Academic Freedom

See the menu item ACADEMIC FREEDOM. To quote from the lead in to the 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.
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.
It was with some frustration that we read Chris Watt’s article, ‘Would you Adam and Eve it?’ in the Sunday Herald (published in Glasgow, UK) of October 10th 2010.  Its treatment of Intelligent Design (ID) bore very little resemblance to the content of an interview with Alastair Noble.  Indeed the thrust of the feature was completely misplaced. It is absolutely not the case that the Centre is intent on advancing the teaching of biblical creationism in schools as suggested by the article.

Strictly speaking, ID holds that certain features of the natural and living worlds show evidence of design.  The pervading stereotype of ID as ‘creationism’ is just plain wrong.  ID is essentially an inference drawn from evidence in nature, whereas creationism, as popularly understood, is based on interpretations of religious texts.  It’s hard to see how the two things could be more different.

Proponents of ID point to the fine tuning of natural laws and constants and the inter-related complexity of living systems as suggestive of design.  In any other field of human experience, the design in such finely engineered systems would be immediately recognised.

But it’s when we look into the mind-boggling complexity of the living cell that the evidence of design becomes most apparent.  And it’s not just the chemical complexity which is breathtaking.  It’s the vast information content of DNA which poses the enduring problem of modern biology. What is the source of this functional, specified information?  Information is not essentially a physical entity.  It is an immaterial but real phenomenon, in this case digitally coded on to the spine of the DNA molecule.

All human experience suggests that such information arises only from intelligent mind.  To  propose that the information in DNA is a reflection of intelligence is to make an inference to the best explanation.  In the absence of any other coherent explanation, the ID position, at the very least, is worthy of debate.  The core of the issue remains the scientific evidence and raising these other and irrelevant religious points really does nothing to address the evidence.

ID is therefore a minimal commitment to intelligent causation.  That’s very different from Biblical creationism.  That ID, and indeed Darwinism, have philosophical and religious implications is undeniable.  But the exploration of consequences is very different from the debate about evidence.

There are two further points to make.  Firstly, members of the network that support C4ID are quite entitled to hold a variety of religious or philosophical views which do not necessarily relate to their interest in ID.  To deny that would be like insisting that members of political parties cannot hold legitimate and differing views on a range of social or demographic issues.

Secondly, C4ID is not specifically targeting schools. The debate about ID is primarily for the public and professional sphere.  The curriculum of schools necessarily reflects the consensus of professional opinion.  However, it is unlikely that school students will fail to notice the debate and it is bound to be raised in schools.  That teachers should simply ignore it or ban its discussion hardly reflects the best traditions of education.

Intelligent Design in one form or another has been around for a very long time and was a major factor in the development of modern science with its emphasis on order and rationality.  It is unlikely to go away any time soon.

Alastair Noble BSc, PhD; Director, Centre for Intelligent Design

David J Galloway MD FRCS FACS; Vice President, Centre for Intelligent Design

 

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