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January 7, 2014

The Handwriting in our DNA

In an op-ed for Long Island's Newsday, columnist William O'Reilly relates Dr. Meyer's story of meeting with a former Microsoft software engineer: "He walks into my office one day, throws a book down on the table. It's called Design Patterns -- standard textbook for computer design engineers -- and he says, 'I get the eerie feeling, when I'm looking at what's going on in the cell, that somebody's figured this out before us.'" Read more.



March 29, 2013

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The evolution debate is about to undergo a paradigm shift.

Darwin's Origin of Species launched a revolution whose scientific, cultural and spiritual effects are still with us. Now a new revolution is on the horizon. On June 18, the HarperOne imprint of HarperCollins will publish Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer.

For now but not for long, exclusively at DarwinsDoubt.com, you can preorder your copy, receiving a steep discount, free shipping and four free digital books!

Darwin's Doubt cover.jpgDr. Meyer is the Cambridge University-trained leader and founder of the ID movement. His previous book, Signature in the Cell, caught the attention of scholars who previously had nothing friendly to say about ID. Even distinguished atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel admitted that it confronted him with a "fiendishly difficult problem." But Signature in the Cell considered only the mystery of the origin of life. Dr. Meyer's new book expands the scope of the case for ID to the entire sweep of life's history.

In some ways his book resembles Darwin's Origin, with its methodical style, summarizing and synthesizing arguments and evidence in an unprecedentedly rigorous and powerful way. Or since the idea of intelligent design stretches back to classical philosophy, waiting only to be restated definitively in contemporary scientific terms, it might best be compared to Richard Dawkins's The Blind Watchmaker, which performed a similar service for Darwinian theory.

Meyer begins with what Darwin himself regarded as a troubling enigma, a subject of doubt and even some scientific distress. It is a mystery from which subsequent generations of Darwinists have sought to distract the public's attention. Some 530 million years ago, in the event called the Cambrian explosion, there sprang suddenly into existence the majority of animal body plans (phyla) that have existed on Earth. The shallow seas of the Cambrian period abruptly teemed with diverse, exotic animals.

Evolutionary biologists and paleontologists have struggled to explain this epic event. Dr. Meyer takes his readers on a journey through scientific history, starting with the discovery of the Burgess Shale by Charles Walcott in 1909. He shows how failed attempts to give a satisfying Darwinian explanation of the Cambrian explosion have opened the door to increasingly profound questions, posed by evolutionary biologists themselves, leading to a far greater mystery: the origin of the biological information necessary to build the animals of the Cambrian and all the living creatures that have existed on Earth.

Here is a sweeping account, stunningly illustrated with gorgeous color photos, of the frontiers of the scientific critique of Darwinism and the case for ID. Exacting and thorough, yet remarkably accessible to the thoughtful lay reader, Darwin's Doubt introduces us to the challenges to Darwinism based on the study of combinatorial inflation, protein science, population genetics, developmental biology, epigenetic information, and more.

Meyer explains how post-Darwinian alternatives and adaptions of Darwin's theory -- including self-organizational models, evo-devo, neutral or nonadaptive evolution, natural genetic engineering, and others -- fall short as well. He demonstrates that the weaknesses of orthodox evolutionary theory, when flipped over head-to-foot, are precisely the positive indications that point most persuasively to intelligent design.

Evolutionary biologists studying gene regulatory networks and fossil discontinuity, among other fields, have come tantalizingly close to reaching this conclusion themselves.

The Cambrian event, fundamentally, represents an information explosion, the first but not the last in the history of life. As no book has done before, Darwin's Doubt spells out the implications of this fact. Dr. Meyer stands on the verge of turning the evolution debate in an entirely new direction, compelling critics of the theory of intelligent design, at last, to respond substantively and in detail. The book will be a game-changer, for science and culture alike.

Go here now to preorder, for a limited time only!



June 8, 2012

Intelligent Design is not Creationism


This article was originally published in the Daily Telegraph (UK) on January 29.

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In 2004, the distinguished philosopher Antony Flew of the University of Reading made worldwide news when he repudiated a lifelong commitment to atheism and affirmed the reality of some kind of a creator. Flew cited evidence of intelligent design in DNA and the arguments of "American [intelligent] design theorists" as important reasons for this shift.

Since then, British readers have learnt about the theory of intelligent design (ID) mainly from media reports about United States court battles over the legality of teaching students about it. According to most reports, ID is a "faith-based" alternative to evolution based solely on religion.

But is this accurate? As one of the architects of the theory, I know it isn't.

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March 20, 2012

Dr. Meyer Gives Inaugural Annual Lecture for C4ID in London

In November 2011, Dr. Meyer addressed a distinguished group of leading British political, cultural, and intellectual leaders at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, No. 1 Whitehall, London, England. In attendance were several members of the House of Lords, university vice chancellors, and many journalists, politicians, philosophers and scientists. He was giving the inaugural annual lecture of the Centre for Intelligent Design (UK). The event was hosted by former Lord Chancellor Lord McKay of Clashfern.

The complete video of Dr. Meyer's talk, including an important Q&A discussion on what constitutes science, is now available on YouTube.

Also available: coverage of the event here and here on Evolution News & Views and at the website for the Centre for Intelligent Design UK.



December 9, 2011

New Research Supports Meyer's Discussion of Pre-Biotic Chemistry in Signature in the Cell

A recent Nature publication reports a new technique for measuring the oxygen levels in Earth's atmosphere some 4.4 billion years ago. The authors found that by studying cerium oxidation states in zircon, a compound formed from volcanic magma, they could ascertain the oxidation levels in the early earth. Their findings suggest that the early Earth's oxygen levels were very close to current levels. This research supports Dr. Meyer's discussion in Signature in the Cell. On pgs. 224-226 of Ch. 10: Beyond the Reach of Chance, Meyer states that when Stanley Miller conducted his famous 1953 experiment simulating early Earth's atmosphere, he "assumed that the earth's atmosphere contained virtually no free oxygen." Meyer reveals that new geochemical evidence showed that the assumptions Miller had made about the early atmosphere were incorrect.

This new research is additional confirmation that oxygen was present in significant quantities. Because oxygen quenches organic reactions necessary to produce essential building blocks of life, the ability of inorganic materials to produce organic life, as chemical evolutionary theory assumes, is not possible. Read the complete article at ENV.



November 23, 2011

Dr. Meyer Debates Signature in the Cell Arguments with Keith Fox on Premier Radio UK

During a recent visit to London, Dr. Stephen Meyer debated Keith Fox on Premier Radio UK's "Unbelievable" program. Fox is a professor of biochemistry at Southampton University and Chair of the UK's Christians in Science network. Two years after its publication, Meyer's Signature in the Cell continues to make an impact with its powerful argument for design in DNA. In this lively conversation, Meyer and Fox discuss origins of life and the design inference in science.




March 29, 2011

Overflowtoday.com asks Stephen Meyer if he's got science

Many scientists say complex life just randomly happened. Overflowtoday.com interviewewd Stephen Meyer to find out if there Is any shred of scientific evidence that life was created? Watch the short video here.



March 15, 2011

What Accounts for Information in DNA? Watch Part 3 of Stephen Meyer's Series on the John Ankerberg Show

The DNA Enigma -- where did the information in DNA come from? -- is the supreme puzzle for Darwinian evolution. With the question affecting the origin of life, the chance hypothesis is completely out of the question, and pre-biotic natural selection begs the question. Watch as Stephen Meyer explains the inference to the best explanation for information in DNA, the origin of life, and our world: intelligent design.



March 7, 2011

Did DNA Evolve? Part 2 of Stephen Meyer's Series on the John Ankerberg Show



February 25, 2011

Does the New Scientific Evidence About the Origin of Life Put an End to Darwinian Evolution?

The John Ankerberg Show will launch this weekend a multi-part series examining the science behind origin of life theories and featuring Dr. Stephen C. Meyer.

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