My wife came to me one day and told me how a coworker had come up to her and said, “What’s all this about intelligent design!” Her coworker was angry about something she probably didn’t really understand. So many seem to see the idea as an attack on science itself. Much of the recent press has been one sided to say the least.
Is intelligent design just a cover for “creationism”? Hmm, isn’t evolution also a theory about living things came to be? What’s the issue here? Could it be that evolution excludes the concept of a “creator” for “all of creation”? Yeah, yeah, that’s not fair using such an archaic expression as, “all of creation”.
Anyway, intelligent design has been offered as a “model” for an alternative to Darwin’sÂ “model”. Many of the proponents of ID are creationists as well. That’s probably because mainstream scientists complained for so long about “creation science’s” lack of a solid testable model for “origins studies”. (A fancy name forÂ “where things came from”Â studies.)
The ID model is simple. Living things exhibit complexity that cannot be accounted for entirely by natural phenomena. This view allows for input from “supernatural” intelligence to some degree in theÂ origin of living things. To test this hypothesis (idea) you simply examine living systems for signs of “irreducible complexity” or features that require integration, that must work together meaning they could not have resulted from adaptive mutations.
Many protein molecules, should i say all, haveÂ a highlyÂ complex 3 dimensional molecular structure that they must have in order to function in a given living thing. It is not possible to reduce the complexity of a typical protein molecule without it losing it’s function altogether. If it can’t be useful as anything less complex, there is no way to account for it’s existence other than ID.
So it’s clear to me that intelligent design is a very useful way of testing natural design theories like evolution. Unfortunately, evolution has never been allowed to be challenged and so has become dogma rather than a well tested theory.
Both evolution and science itself need Intelligent Design in a big way. Evolution has been adopted by science more for religious reasons, than sound rational ones. The “official” religion of the “scientific establishment” has become “atheism”. Evolution is the only theory of creation that works within such biased framework. The effect of evolution on science has be devastating for open inquiry in science.
I really hope that people will object to these current attempts to silence those who wish to open up science to a real critical examination of evolution. Hopefully it isn’t too late.