The internet has often been compared to a giant brain, with the individual computers acting as neurons. And just as brain activity is dependent on the thousands of billions of connections between nerve cells, so does the internet rely on one being able to find several juicy links about one's favorite subjects in one place. Neurons have been firing, keyboards have been smoking, and the wires of the internet have been glowing to bring you this collection of blog posts about intelligent design. So, turn your retinal cells in this direction and enjoy the changes of membrane potential as you read these pixels.
Also, keep an eye on The Burning Panda, who will be hosting the next edition.
Benjamin Waters of Reflections of Reality has written about everything that's wrong with evolutionary biologists: "They have this outward persona of "following science" and not "being philosophical or religious" when in reality they are just the opposite. Evolutionary theory, to them, serves as more than just a scientific theory or even a metaphysical paradigm it has become a theory of origins (not unlike the origin theory in the Bible or any other piece of religious text)."
At Tales of Tadeusz, Eric Ashley asks about the accuracy of the characterization of evolutionary biologists as starting "from an a priori assumption of a materialist universe." Hmm, perhaps he and Benjamin should meet over a beer?
David Mobley gives us A Physicist's Perspective, writing about how believing that some things are designed (and even by the God of the Bible) does not lead one to embrace Christianity: "Darwin didn't invent atheism, and atheism won't go away if Intelligent Design becomes more common. "
The Burning Panda is a new blog, which, although assuring us that "no actual panda's were harmed for any of the content on this site", seems intent on tweaking the noses of certain ID critics. They're launching with a humorous compilation of the best arguments against intelligent design. This is my favorite:
"13)The 'It's our only Hope' proof
1. If intelligent design is true then everything will return to a theocracy.
2. Seriously, there will be witch hunts.
3. Children will be raised to believe in purpose! (oh dear…)
4. We can never let that happen! Help me evolution you're my only hope.
5. Therefore evolution is true."
RLC of Viewpoint writes about intelligent design and the public school, dealing with various arguments as to why it shouldn't be taught. "[T]hough ID is compatible with belief in the God of traditional monotheism, it doesn't require it. It claims only that life possesses the stamp of purposive, intentional organization. The organizer may be the God of Judeo-Christian tradition or it may be the God of Jeffersonian deism, or it may be extra-galactic beings which somehow seeded life on this planet, as some non-theistic scientists have suggested. "
Joe Carter of the evangelical outpost has this interesting post, showing how many of the argumentys commonly used against the design of life can similarily be used against the design of, say, a watch found on a heath. "Without a means of distinguishing between designed and designoid, we are left with the conclusion that the watch, like the stone, could have lain in the field for eons before Paley stumbled across it. If Dawkins view is correct, then we must accept that all watchmakers are blind."
Poor Paul is Exiled from GROGGS. However, that isn't going to stop him from taking on some of the criticisms raised against The Privileged Planet, discussing scientific, philosophical, and theological issues: "[I]f it is the case that Earth is privileged, as the authors suggest, then we are no longer in the realms of Intelligent Design in the abstract sense. We don't just "happen to be here", with some intelligent agent out there of provenance unknown throwing teasing bits and pieces in our direction. All of a sudden, if the hypothesis is true, we – the people who are able to observe the universe, on this privileged planet – represent the focus of the universe."
Thirteen scientists and doctors have negative things to say about ID. Telic Thought's own Mike Gene considers their perspective here.