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Intelligent Design Watch

Articles related to CSI's ongoing Intelligent Design Watch

‘Stupid Dino Tricks’: A Reply to Hovind’s Web Response

Skeptical Inquirer

Greg Martinez
March 1, 2005
Response to Ken Hovind's criticism of the author's article in Sketpical Inquirer

A Presentation Without Arguments: Dembski Disappoints

Skeptical Inquirer

Mark Perakh
November 1, 2002
William Dembski is a prominent advocate for Intelligent Design.

Darwin in Mind: ‘Intelligent Design’ Meets Artificial Intelligence

Skeptical Inquirer

Taner Edis
March 1, 2001
Proponents of "Intelligent Design" claim information theory refutes Darwinian evolution.

Design Yes, Intelligent No: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory and Neocreationism

Skeptical Inquirer

Massimo Pigliucci
September 1, 2001
A new brand of creationism has appeared on the scene in the last few years.

Neither Intelligent nor Designed

Skeptical Inquirer

Bruce and Frances Martin —
November 1, 2003
Evolution succeeds where “Intelligent Design” fails in describing the natural world.

One Longsome Argument

Skeptical Inquirer

Dennis R. Trumble
March 1, 2005
By any objective measure, the evolution of species ranks among the most successful scientific theories ever.g

Stupid Dino Tricks: A Visit to Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land

Skeptical Inquirer

Greg Martinez
November 1, 2004
Young-earth creationist Kent Hovind has built a dinosaur-filled theme park in Florida and claims to prove that evolution is bunk

Why Bad Beliefs Don’t Die

Skeptical Inquirer

Gregory W. Lester
November 1, 2000
Because beliefs are designed to enhance our ability to survive, they are strongly resistant to change.

Darwinism and the Age of Earth

Skeptical Briefs

Victor Stenger
June 1, 2003
Evolution is often attacked as not being “good science.”

NBC’s Origins Show

Skeptical Briefs

Dave Thomas
March 1, 1996
Quality science was nowhere to be found during the Feb. 25th, 1996 NBC broadcast entitled The Mysterious Origins of Man

No More Mister Nice Guy

Skeptical Briefs

Milton Rothman
June 1, 1995
One of the disadvantages of modern technology is that now anybody can publish his/her own book.

The Emperor’s New Designer Clothes

Skeptical Briefs

Victor Stenger
December 1, 2000
Intelligent Design is the latest buzzword in the so-called dialogue between science and religion...

The Evolution of Creationism

Skeptical Briefs

Victor Stenger
June 1, 2004
The species of religious thought called creationism continues to evolve by a process of natural selection.

300 million year old rock

Special Articles

Lauren Becker
January 17, 2007
The summer before my senior year of college I worked as a park ranger guiding hikes...

An Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott

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Bill Busher
April 21, 2006
Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the NCSE, recently spoke at OCC's Whitney Building on Evolution vs. I.D.

Are there Any Important Differences between Intelligent Design and Creationism?

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Jason Rosenhouse
February 24, 2006
The Court's decision in the recently completed trial Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board contains the following:

Can Probability Theory Be Used to Refute Evolution? (Part One)

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Jason Rosenhouse
September 19, 2005
In a privately published volume entitled The Evolution of Man Scientifically Disproved, in Fifty Arguments...

Can Probability Theory Be Used to Refute Evolution? (Part Two)

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Jason Rosenhouse
September 19, 2005
Arguments based on probability theory are a mainstay of creationist literature. There you can find elaborate calculations...

Council of Europe Approves Resolution Against Creationism

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Martin Mahner
October 23, 2007
In October 2007, Europe's Parliamentary Assembly recommended that its member governments oppose the teaching of creationism.

Creationist U.

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Chris Mooney
April 30, 2003
Anti-evolutionists have just won two important victories on American university campuses - one legal, one in public relations.

Déjà vu All Over Again

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
September 13, 2004
How did the ID movement publish in a peer reviewed biology journal? A story from climate science sheds light on the question.

Design, by any other name

Special Articles

Robert Camp
March 29, 2007
Do we accede too much when we allow that life appears to be designed?

Dini is Served

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Chris Mooney
February 3, 2003
A spat at Texas Tech provides a new wrinkle on Darwinism and science education.

Does Evolution Have a Thermodynamics Problem?

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Jason Rosenhouse
May 19, 2006
Writing in a recent issue of the politically conservative magazine The American Spectator...

Evolution & Creationism: Terminology in Conflict

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Richard Joltes
March 2, 2005
One of the reasons for the ongoing conflict between the religious and scientific communities involves differences in terminology

Expelled

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Penny Higgins
May 16, 2008
I recently attended a showing of Ben Stein's new movie "Expelled."

Faith & Reason

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Nica Lalli
May 7, 2007
The debate between the creationists and evolutionists has been raging for years. As a secular person I have watched in horror.

God’s Gift to Kansas

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Richard Dawkins
August 26, 2005
"Most scientists are bored by what they have already discovered. It is ignorance that drives them on."

How Do You Spot A Bad Scientific Argument?

Special Articles

Jason Rosenhouse
August 22, 2006
Anti-evolutionists are skillful at burying the weaknesses of their arguments beneath a wealth of scientific jargon.

Identity Crisis

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Lauren Becker
January 17, 2007
Not long ago, while researching a talk for Darwin Day, I came across an article by Steve Silberman...

IDing ID

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Chris Mooney
August 9, 2004
Is "Intelligent Design" theory really "Creation Science" version 2.0? Not exactly, but the parallels are certainly suggestive.

Intelligent Design hits Australia

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Denise Sutherland
January 28, 2006
Earlier this year I stumbled across the Intelligent Design debate, courtesy of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Intelligent Design or “No Model” Creationism Part II

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Ronald H. Pine
October 15, 2005
A Total Fraud and a Scam Why It Can't Qualify as Even a Pseudoscience

Intelligent Design or “No Model” Creationism Part I

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Ronald H. Pine
October 15, 2005
A Total Fraud and a Scam Why It Can't Qualify as Even a Pseudoscience

Is Natural Selection a Tautology?

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Jason Rosenhouse
July 5, 2006
As I write this, Ann Coulter’s new book Godless: The Church of Liberalism is currently number one on the...

It Just Takes One

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Chris Mooney
February 9, 2004
How an advertisement for Intelligent Design theory made its way into the Harvard Law Review.

On Creation Science

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Penny Higgins
September 26, 2007
It is best to fully understand the point of view of those with whom you disagree before you engage them in discussion.

Polling for Intelligent Design

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Chris Mooney
September 11, 2003
The latest pro-Intelligent Design Zogby poll is just one in a series of questionable surveys.

Polling Opinion about Evolution

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Matt Nisbet
March 1, 2005
Low Information Public Underscores Importance of Communication Strategy

Putting the “Natural” in Natural History: Darwin Exhibit Opens In New York

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Austin Dacey
November 30, 2005
On the sunny autumn afternoon of Saturday, November 19, I was among the enthusiastic throng at the opening of a new...

Should We “Teach the Controversy”?

Special Articles

Jason Rosenhouse
March 12, 2005
In a recent article about the ongoing disputes about the state science standards in Kansas, Diepenbrock wrote the following:

Splitters!

Special Articles

Robert Camp
January 12, 2007
Thoughts on The God Delusion and the current controversy over the correct approach to opposing creationism.

State Your Case

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
October 25, 2004
Anti-evolutionist activism, inspired and rejuvenated by the Intelligent Design movement, is spreading across the country.

The “Vise Strategy” Undone: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District

Special Articles

Barbara Forrest
July 31, 2006
In a May 6, 2005, post on his Uncommon Descent blog, intelligent design creationist William Dembski was talking tough.

The British Centre for Science Education (BCSE)

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csicop.org
December 11, 2006
The British Centre for Science Education is a newly formed organisation with the primary purpose of stopping the teaching of...

The Mousetrap

Special Articles

John Allen Paulos
December 19, 2005
Intelligent design rejects Darwin’s theory of evolution as being unable to explain the complexity of life.

Turn out the lights, the “Teach the controversy” party’s over

Special Articles

Robert Camp
February 25, 2006
The clarion call of the intelligent design movement is to “teach the controversy.”

Understanding Bias in Coverage of Intelligent Design

Special Articles

Matt Nisbet
September 30, 2005
Follow-up on Columbia Journalism Review article and New York Times Series

Use and Abuse of the Fossil Record: Defining Terms

Special Articles

Penny Higgins
September 9, 2006
A common argument of creationism is that no transitional forms between major organismal groups...

Use and Abuse of the Fossil Record: The Case of the ‘Fish-ibian’

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Penny Higgins
September 13, 2006
A common argument of creationism is that no transitional forms between major organismal groups.

Very Like a… Machine?

Special Articles

Robert Camp
November 15, 2005
"After all, both sides employ comparative devices and analogies (e.g. biologists often refer to cellular systems as machines)."

Welcome to Science Court

Special Articles

Chris Mooney
January 9, 2006
The ruling in the Dover evolution trial shows what the legal and scientific processes have in common—intellectual rigor

What Is Science?

Special Articles

Jason Rosenhouse
May 18, 2006
Proponents of intelligent design (ID) offer a wide array of arguments in defense of their views. These arguments are, without...

Who Designed the Designer?

Special Articles

Jason Rosenhouse
November 3, 2006
The existence of complex contrivances like computers or automobiles is routinely explained via the intelligent action of...

Why “Intelligent Design” (ID) is not science

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Penny Higgins
March 1, 2006
Why "Intelligent Design" (ID) is not science, and why, therefore, it should not be taught in a science curriculum.

Why Are Scientists Confident that Complex Biological Systems Evolved Gradually?

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Jason Rosenhouse
August 26, 2005
Proponents of intelligent design (ID) assert that certain complex biological systems could not emerge from a gradual...

Why do Scientists Get So Angry when Dealing with ID Proponents?

Special Articles

Jason Rosenhouse
August 26, 2005
I am sometimes asked why supporters of evolution get so angry when addressing proponents of Intelligent Design.

Why is it Unconstitutional to Teach Intelligent Design?

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Jason Rosenhouse
December 29, 2005
On December 20, 2005, federal judge John Jones handed down his decision in the case Kitzmiller...

Would Stephen Jay Gould Have Signed the “Steves” List?

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Jason Rosenhouse
November 8, 2005
For several years now the National Center for Science Education has maintained Project Steve. This is a list of scientists...