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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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A day conference in Cambridge with world class speakers has been arranged for Saturday November 12th 2016. 

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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 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.

London Spectator hails Denton's Evolution:Still a Theory in Crisis as a "Best Book" of 2016

"A truly great book.....Fascinatingly clear.....Destroys the Darwinian position," according to distinguished literary critic A. N. Wilson.








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. 

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. Each Ommatidium consists of a cylinder of cells capped by a lens with another optical apparatus just below this called the crystalline cone. These focus light onto the rhabdom.  Here photosensitive  pigments transmit electrical signals to nerves which travel to an optic ganglion. This is where the image is integrated from the mosaic of light that comes from all the lenses. The Ommatidia need to be precisely positioned on the surface. This means that each ommatidium must be exactly facing the correct angle. The angle in relation to other ommatidia must also be precise, as is the radius of the eye. As the authors state when trying to replicate these eyes using digital light receivers: “The dimensions and the mechanical properties of the imaging system are critically important for proper operation. The acceptance angle and the inter-ommatidial angle define the nature of the image”.

The article describes how they have copied the arrangement using microlenses with photodiodes arrayed on a hemisphere. The electrical signals are collected and relayed by cable to a processor as in a digital camera.

The first eyes that are found in the fossil record are seen in the Cambrian Explosion of fauna 530 million years ago, when almost all our modern phyla (body plans) and many more, came into existence very suddenly. This rich fauna of complex sea dwelling animals included the Trilobite, one of the first arthropods. We have very fine fossils of the Trilobites from this time detailing the surface of their compound eyes. It is no exaggeration to say that it is a complete mystery as to how such complex visual systems ‘evolved’ suddenly with no evident precursors in the fossil record. There are no other animals in the now well searched strata that in any way show gradual evolution to the Trilobite eye.[ii]  It is not that soft bodied creatures failed to fossilise. On the contrary we do have plenty of fossils of the soft bodied organisms that came just before the Cambrian explosion, known as the Ediacaran fauna.[iii]

Evolutionary theory completely fails to account for the appearance of such exquisite systems of vision appearing suddenly. Only with the most advanced engineering and electronic techniques along with teams of designers, can we even attempt to reproduce such an apparatus. To maintain  that undirected, random genetic mistakes plus natural selection could produce these eyes, ‘in the blink of an eye’, is patently wrong.

Antony Latham

[i] Song Y. M. et al. Digital cameras with designs inspired by the arthropod eye. Nature  Vol 497. No. 7447. 104-107. 2 May 2013.

[ii] For a great account see: Stephen Jay Gould, (1990). Wonderful Life. The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. New York: Vantage,.

[iii] For a detailed discussion on this see: Latham A. The Naked Emperor: Darwinism Exposed. Janus Publishing. 2005.

 

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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.

Hear Prof Mike Behe

Press comment

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."