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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 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.








Cosmic Flukes and Hunches

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Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal
Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal

I could barely contain my incredulity when I read Lord Rees' article in the Daily Telegraph of January 8th.  Writing about the possibility of life on the recently 'discovered' Earth-like planet Kepler 438b at a distance of 475 light years, the Astronomer Royal, says: 

 

'We know how simple life evolved into our present biosphere.  But we don't know how the first life was generated from a "soup" of chemicals. It might have involved a fluke so rare that it happened only once in the entire galaxy - like shuffling a whole pack of cards into a perfect order.  On the other hand, this crucial transition might have been almost inevitable given the "right" environment.' 
Francis Crick
Francis Crick, OM, FRS
I think we might reasonably expect something more logical and coherent from such a distinguished scientist.  Is a 'fluke' the best the scientific community can come up with for the origin of life?  Francis Crick's suggestion that it would take a 'miracle' is significantly better1.  His work on elucidating the complex chemical and informational structure of DNA must have given him a clear understanding of just how big a 'fluke' it would need to have been, though his suggestion of 'panspermia' - that life came from elsewhere in the universe - fails to really solve the basic problem. 

Lord Rees' second suggestion about the inevitability of the origin of life borders on the inscrutable.  What exactly, or even inexactly, makes it 'inevitable'?  And, in addition, it always leaves the uncomfortable feeling that if we don't know how life began, how can we possibly assert confidently that we know how it evolved into our present biosphere? 


Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised by the fluke theory.  In another article dealing with the origin of the universe and the possibility of a multiverse - another dubious way of avoiding the obvious challenge of explaining the 'fine-tuning' of the universe for life - Lord Rees concedes that the multiverse theory is no more than a 'hunch'2, though in a later book he upgrades it to a 'tentative hypothesis'3


Primitive life?
I remain mystified at how 'flukes' and 'hunches' have gained such acceptance by the scientific community when a much simpler and more intuitive possibility exists.  Why not design?  

Design in any system is easily recognised from the specified and purposeful arrangement of its component parts.  What we know, for example, about cosmic fine-tuning, biological complexity and the enormous information content of DNA makes design a far more likely explanation.  It is telling that both Richard Dawkins4 and Bill Gates5 recognise the computer-like nature of DNA, the latter noting that 'DNA is like a computer programme but far, far more advanced than any software ever created'.  I think the design inference is blindingly obvious.  It's not just apparent6 as Dawkins contends - it has to be real, as real as the output of Microsoft's programmers. 


Clearly, the philosophical and religious implications of design are profound. But they should not blind us to the obvious scientific data which points to an intelligent cause which lies beyond the purely material.  And that's the nub of the problem.  Science has now been high-jacked by philosophical materialism to the extent that an intelligent cause is effectively ruled out before the evidence is considered.  Nonetheless, every physical entity requires some explanation for its existence, leading us either to the illogicality of an infinite regression or to a defining, designing, sufficient first cause. 


'Flukes' and 'hunches'
The general public and the business sector who pay, through their taxes and sponsorship, for much of the work of the scientific community deserve better explanations than 'flukes' and 'hunches'. It is not as if it doesn't matter.  If there is even the possibility that we live in a designed universe, it is important for all of us to know that and to think through the consequences.  We should at least be free to discuss the subject dispassionately. 


That's why we campaign for the freedom to engage in academic and public discussion of intelligent design and its implications.  Given the strength of evidence for design in nature, it shouldn't be too much to ask. 


Thank you for your continuing interest in our work.

  

Yours sincerely,

Alastair Noble Signature Alastair Noble TN

Dr Alastair Noble

Director of the Centre for Intelligent Design UK

  

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NEWS ITEMS

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For extended discussion of the issues raised in this email see 'God's Undertaker -Has Science Buried God?' by John C Lennox, Lion, 2009

2

The Scientists in Congregations, West Scotland programme has a seminar on Monday March 2nd 7.30pm with Prof David Galloway and Dr Alastair Noble on Intelligent Design - a credible idea? at Cartsbridge Evangelical Church, Glasgow, G76 8DP.

3 Prof Galloway and Dr Noble are planning a series of seminars around the UK in 2015 and beyond, details of which will follow in due course.  If you would be interested in having one in your area, please be in touch via  info@c4id.org.uk.  If necessary, C4ID will accept responsibility for the arrangements.
4 Prof John Lennox, who led several sessions at our 2012 conference at Malvern, is speaking at the Cambridge Christian Heritage Summer School from June 29th to July 3rd.  Click here for more details.
5 Copies of An Introduction to Intelligent Design by Dr Alastair Noble are available via info@c4id.org.uk @ £2ea or £1 for orders above 10.  If ordering, please supply a postal address.


1  Crick, Life Itself, p88

2  Rees, Our Cosmic Habitat, London: Phoenix, 2003, p164

3  Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers, p167

4  Dawkins, River out of Eden, p17

5  Gates, The Road Ahead, 188

6  Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, p1


 

 

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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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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."