Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

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William A. Dembski, Michael Ruse
Cambridge University Press, 12 июл. 2004 г.
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In this book, first published in 2004, William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been 'design'. Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, is that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: Darwinism, self-organisation, theistic evolution, and intelligent design. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introductory essays furnish a historical overview of the debate.

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General Introduction
3
The Argument from Design A Brief History
13
Whos Afraid of ID? A Survey of the Intelligent Design Movement
32
DARWINISM
53
Design without Designer Darwins Greatest Discovery
55
The Flagellum Unspun The Collapse of Irreducible Complexity
81
The Design Argument
98
DNA by Design? Stephen Meyer and the Return of the God Hypothesis
130
THEISTIC EVOLUTION
227
Darwin Design and Divine Providence
229
The Inbuilt Potentiality of Creation
246
Theistic Evolution
261
Intelligent Design Some Geological Historical and Theological Questions
275
The Argument from Laws of Nature Reassessed
294
INTELLIGENT DESIGN
309
The Logical Underpinnings of Intelligent Design
311

COMPLEX SELFORGANIZATION
149
Prolegomenon to a General Biology
151
Darwinism Design and Complex Systems Dynamics
173
Emergent Complexity Teleology and the Arrow of Time
191
The Emergence of Biological Value
210
Information Entropy and the Origin of Life
331
Irreducible Complexity Obstacle to Darwinian Evolution
352
The Cambrian Information Explosion Evidence far Intelligent Design
371
Index
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Стр. 23 - On the other hand, I cannot anyhow be contented to view this wonderful universe, and especially the nature of man, and to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. Not that this notion at all satisfies me.
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William A. Dembski is an associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University as well as a senior fellow with Seattle's Discovery Institute. His most important books are The Design Inference (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and No Free Lunch (2002).

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of many books, including Darwinism and its Discontents (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

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