What is Intelligent Design in Nature?
In that case, what about this stone formation would provide convincing circumstantial evidence that it was the product of an intelligent designer and not simply wind and erosion? Designed objects such as Mount Rushmore exhibit characteristic features or patterns that point to intelligence; such features or patterns constitute signs of intelligence.
Science or Creationism?
However, it is necessary to stress, contrary to what has been said on many occasions, that the theory of Intelligent Design isn’t creationism, but merely an effort to detect empirically whether the apparent design seen in nature, admitted by virtually all biologists, is indeed simply the product of an undirected process, or design (the product of an intelligent cause) such as natural selection, acting on random variation. Creationism is focused on defending a literal interpretation of the Genesis account, including the creation of the Earth by the Biblical God thousands of years ago. The theory of Intelligent Design is agnostic, unlike creationism about the source of design, and does not claim to defend the literalness of Genesis, the Bible, or any other sacred text. Honest critics of Intelligent Design recognize the difference between Intelligent Design and creationism. This imprecision in language, on account of authors who in other fields do spin very fine lines, is evidence of a rhetorical strategy of Darwinists who wish to delegitimize design theory without giving it any merit. This is believed to be the easiest way to discredit Intelligent Design.
Natures Intelligent Design
- Irreducible Complexity
- Specified Complexity
Professor Michael Behe of Lehigh University invented the term in his seminal work Darwin’s Black Box, 1996. He popularized the concept by presenting the common mousetrap as an example of irreducible complexity. A typical mousetrap consists of five essential parts: a trigger, a spring, a hammer, a clamping bar, and the base. According to Behe, if a single one of these parts is removed without a like-for-like replacement (or the major restructuring of the remaining parts), the entire system will cease to function.