Sunday, May 07, 2006


Stephen C. Meyer & Peter D. Ward Discuss ID

I highly recommend watching and/or listening to the recent debate between leading ID theorist Stephen C. Meyer and Astrobiologist Peter D. Ward hosted by the Seattle Times.

My analysis, Ward attacked a straw man version of ID and failed to seriously interact with Meyer's arguments - but judge for yourself!

Professor Peter D. Ward is co-author of Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon In The Universe (Copernicus, 2000) - a book with many resemblances to The Privilaged Planet by ID theorists Guillermo Gonzalez & Jay W. Richards (Regnery, 2004) - in which Ward and co-author Donald Brownlee write: 'If some god-like being could be given the opportunity to plan a sequence of events with the express goal of duplicating our "Garden of Eden," that power would face a formidable task. With the best intentions, but limited by natural laws and materials, it is unlikely that Earth could ever be truly replicated.' (p. 37.)

By the way, you can watch the documentry video of Privilaged Planet on-line for free:
The Privileged Planet or here

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, who completed his PhD at Cambridge University, is co-author of Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe (Ignatius, 1999) and contributing co-editor of Darwinism, Design and Public Education (Michigan State University Press, 2003). Meyer is the author of one of those peer reviewed journal articles that Judge Jones of the Dover trail said do not exist: 'The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories', PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON 117(2): 213-239 (2004). See Dr. Meyer's work on-line here at and here at Discovery Institute's CSC.

In the course of the debate Meyer mentions the Discovery Institute's list of peer reviewed work supporting ID, the Dissent From Darwinism list, and refers to some pictures of molecular machinery that the audience have been given (so here's a link to arn's examples of irreducibly complex celular machinery).

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