Saturday, September 24, 2005
Welcome to ID.Plus
Welcome to ID.Plus. 'ID' stands for 'intelligent design', which is the science of detecting intelligent causation from its physical effects.
No-one is particularly bothered about ID as long as it is applied to the detection of intelligent causation in such scientific fields as archaeology, cyrptography, forensic science and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI).
However, more and more people are getting bothered about ID, because it is poking its nose into scientific fields like cosmology and biology. In this context, ID is the scientific theory that not only is it possible to infer intelligent causation from its physical effects under certain carefully defined conditions, but intelligent causation can be infered from certain aspects of the natural world.
Now, people are bothered about ID for all sorts of different reasons. Some think we should bother about ID because it is true. Others think we should be bothered because it is false. People who think ID is true tend to think it is a good thing, while people who think it is false tend to think it is a bad thing. But everyone who has heard about ID seems to think that we should be bothered about it! In other words, ID is an important theory and therefore one worth bothering about one way or another. Hence, I thought it was worth contributing to the growing number of web blogs about ID.
For the record, I should state that I'm one of those people who think that we should be bothered about ID because it is both true and a good thing.