Archive for July, 2012

Human Extension vs. the Discovery Institute’s Theory of Intelligent Design (DI-IDM-ID)

When it is said that Human Extension is an example of ‘neo-intelligent design’ (neo-id*) and an alternative to human evolution in social sciences, several clarifications seem needed in order to ease the reader’s conscience with respect to ideology.

First, Human Extension did not originate within the ‘intelligent design’ (or ‘Intelligent Design’) paradigm promoted by the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Discovery Institute (DI) is the central institute supporting the development of ID theory and thus by definition (meaning DI-ID, IDM-ID or DI-IDM-ID) it is opposed by a neo-ID approach. I disagree with the main focus of DI-IDM-ID. The ‘neo’ feature of Human Extension denotes that it actually studies the ‘designer(s)’ rather than requiring that the designer(s) is not and cannot be part of ID theory, which is a central presupposition of DI-IDM-ID. Neo-id is a position that accepts that designers and design processes can be studied; Human Extension is an example of this.

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