Posts Tagged 'Design Theory'

Big-ID vs. small-id – Flip-Flopping IDM-Style

One doesn’t need to read far into ‘Intelligent Design’ (Big-ID) theory literature to discover the Intelligent Design Movement’s (IDM’s) refusal to study the supposed ‘Designer(s)’ of that which is said by IDists to be ‘Designed.’ This fact lowers the explanatory power of their theory immensely, almost entirely, even if Big-IDists don’t wish to acknowledge it for ideological purposes.

An easy way to highlight this challenge is to speak of Big-ID and small-id, as I’ve done on this blog already. Discussion about this has also taken place in commentary at Uncommon Descent (UD), one of the IDM’s most popular blogs. Unfortunately, no consensus has yet been reached and thus no clarity to stop the waffling back and forth between the two terms. Likewise, no attempt to sort out when or even if capitalisation of ‘Intelligent Design’ is justified or if non-capitalisation of ‘intelligent design’ is always preferred or if the two linguistic expressions carry the same meaning has been made at UD. This could be done simply by dedicating a single thread to the issue. But for ideological purposes, this is likely not going to happen.

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Whose Notion of ‘Design in Nature’ Do You Accept?

“Design is a dirty word.” – Adrian Bejan (2012b)

“Life was designed…planned…intended.” – Stephen C. Meyer (2010)

“The old argument of design in nature, as given by Paley, which formerly
seemed to me to be so conclusive, fails, now that the law of natural selection has been discovered.” – Charles Darwin (1887)

A row is ready to erupt over two competing notions of ‘design in nature.’ One has been proposed under the auspices of being a natural-physical law. The other continues to clamour for public attention and respectability among natural-physical scientists, engineers and educators, but carries with it obvious religious overtones (Foundation for Thought and Ethics, Wedge Document and Dover trial 2005) and still has not achieved widespread scholarly support after almost 20 years of trying.

The two positions could not be more different, yet they share something in common, a single phrase: ‘design in nature.’ On the one hand is the Seattle, Washington-based Discovery Institute (DI) Centre for Science and Culture’s notion of ‘design in nature,’ which says that an un-embodied, unnamed, transcendent ‘designer/Designer’ (usually assumed to be either aliens or God) is responsible for creating life on Earth and the cosmos generally speaking. They call this position ‘Intelligent Design’ (ID), which is a theory about life’s origins and the origins of biological information and sometimes about human origins.

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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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