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  1. Collins' Case for Cosmic Design.Paul Draper - 2008 - In God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence.
    Robin Collins argues that three facts implicate a designer of the universe--that life depends upon the precise tuning of physical constants, that the laws of physics show evidence of beauty, and that the universe is intelligible. But Collins' case is pervaded by vague arguments which shift between defending theism specifically and defending a more generic design hypothesis. This provides the appearance of having all of the advantages of the generic design hypothesis, such as greater initial plausibility, while masking the implication (...)
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  2. On Elliott Sober’s Challenge for Biological Design Theorists.Troy M. Nunley - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (2):443-457.
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  3. How Not to Detect DesignThe Design Inference. William A. Dembski.Brandon Fitelson, Christopher Stephens & Elliott Sober - 1999 - Philosophy of Science 66 (3):472-488.
    As every philosopher knows, “the design argument” concludes that God exists from premisses that cite the adaptive complexity of organisms or the lawfulness and orderliness of the whole universe. Since 1859, it has formed the intellectual heart of creationist opposition to the Darwinian hypothesis that organisms evolved their adaptive features by the mindless process of natural selection. Although the design argument developed as a defense of theism, the logic of the argument in fact encompasses a larger set of issues. William (...)
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  4. The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World by Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack.Christoffer H. Grundmann - 2012 - Zygon 47 (4):1015-1017.
  5. On Foundations of Technological Support for Addressing Challenges Facing Design-Based Science Learning.Swaroop S. Vattam & Janet L. Kolodner - 2008 - Radical Philosophy Review of Books 16 (2):406-437.
    Design experiences can provide valuable opportunities for learners to improve their understanding of both science content and scientific practices. However, the implementation of design-based science learning in classrooms presents a number of significant challenges. In this article we present two significant challenges, bridging the design-science gap and overcoming time and material constraints, and a strategy for addressing them through software design in which explanation-construction scaffolding integrates with modeling and simulation. We present two software systems developed based on our strategy and (...)
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  6. Mellor's ‘Bridge–Hand’ Argument: B. L. HEBBLETHWAITE.B. L. Hebblethwaite - 1986 - Religious Studies 22 (3-4):473-479.
    In his article ‘God and Probability’, 1 Hugh Mellor introduced the notion of the ‘bridge-hand fallacy’, allegedly committed by those who think they can appeal to probabilities in arguments for design. I should like to give this notion another airing, partly because of its recent criticism in two interesting books - R. G. Swinburne' The Existence of God and D. J. Bartholomew's God of Chance - and partly because it seems worth asking how it fares in relation to the most (...)
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  7. Review of William Paley, Natural Theology, Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Matthew D. Eddy and David Knight: New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, Xxxvii + 342 Pp. ISBN 978-0-19-280584-3. [REVIEW]Glenn Branch - 2009 - Sophia 48 (1):99-101.
    Matthew D. Eddy and David Knight’s new edition of William Paley’s Natural Theology deserves to become the standard scholarly edition of what is a historically, theologically, and philosophically important work, despite a certain neglect of philosophical issues on the part of the editors.
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  8. On the Argument From Design in Nature, with Some Illustrations From Plants.James W. Powell - unknown
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  9. Improving the Design of Intelligent Systems: Outstanding Problems and Some Solutions.L. J. Kohout & I. Stabile - 1998 - Journal of Intelligent Systems 8 (3-4):225-238.
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  10. EDITORIAL: Intelligent E-Commerce.Bhanu Prasad - 2005 - Journal of Intelligent Systems 14 (1):1-2.
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  11. An Intelligent Interface for Simulation Design.Benita Cox - 1995 - Journal of Intelligent Systems 5 (2-4):203-224.
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  12. The God of the Gaps, Natural Theology, and Intelligent Design.Erkki V. R. Kojonen - 2016 - Journal of Analytic Theology 4:291-316.
    The “God of the gaps” critique is one of the most common arguments against design arguments in biology, but is also increasingly used as a critique of other natural theological arguments. In this paper, I analyze four different critiques of God of the gaps arguments and explore the relationship between gaps arguments and similar limit arguments. I conclude that the critique of the God of the gaps is substantially weaker than is commonly assumed, and dismissing ID´s biological arguments should rather (...)
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  13. Design, Contingency and Complexity: Philosophical Teleology and the Evolutionary Argument For Design.Gordon Mclean - unknown
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  14. The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities.William A. Dembski - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    The design inference uncovers intelligent causes by isolating their key trademark: specified events of small probability. Just about anything that happens is highly improbable, but when a highly improbable event is also specified undirected natural causes lose their explanatory power. Design inferences can be found in a range of scientific pursuits from forensic science to research into the origins of life to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This challenging and provocative 1998 book shows how incomplete undirected causes are for science (...)
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  15. Unintelligent Design.Scott Atran - unknown
    Science, then, may never replace religion in the lives of most people and in any society that hopes to survive for very long. But neither can religion replace science if humankind hopes to unlock nature's material secrets. And parodies of science, like the so-called "theory" of intelligent design, only cripple science education.
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  16. Evert Marie Bruins : Intelligent, Productief En Controversieel.Peter van Emde Boas - 2013 - Studium : Revue D’Histoire des Sciences Et des Universités 6 (3):296.
  17. Design Discourse and the Cognitive Science of Design.Jeroen de Ridder - 2014 - Philosophia Reformata 79 (1):37-53.
    Much of Alvin Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies will contain few surprises for those who have been following his work over the past decades. This —I hasten to add — is nothing against the book. The fact alone that his ideas on various topics, which have appeared scattered throughout the literature, are now actualized, applied to the debate about the conflict between science and religion, and organized into an overarching argument with a single focus makes this book worthwhile. Moreover, (...)
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  18. Bradley Monton, Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design. Peterborough, ON & Buffalo, NY 2009: Broadview Press. 177 Pages. ISBN 9781551118635. [REVIEW]Jeroen de Ridder - 2010 - Philosophia Reformata 75 (1):85-88.
  19. Pennock, Robert T., Ed. Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives.Brendan Sweetman - 2003 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 3 (3):640-642.
  20. Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA, by William Dembski and Michael Ruse.PhD Sweetman - 2005 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 5 (2):423-425.
  21. O Paley'u, Epagogé, Zmyśle Technicznym I Argumentacji a Fortiori.Piotr Lenartowicz & Jolanta Koszteyn - 2002 - Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 7:79-83.
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  22. Wat ‘Maakt’ Ons Intelligent?Corijn van Mazijk - 2016 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 108 (2):195-199.
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  23. The Intelligent Individual and Society.E. N. - 1938 - Journal of Philosophy 35 (11):304.
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  24. A Case of Mistaken Identity: Aquinas's Fifth Way and Arguments of Intelligent Design.William Newton - 2014 - New Blackfriars 95 (1059):569-578.
  25. Symposium: Is There Evidence of Design in Nature?William L. Gildea - 1890 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 3:49-76.
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  26. Alan Hodgkin. Chance and Design: Reminiscences of Science in Peace and War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. Xi + 412. ISBN 0-521-40099-6. £40. [REVIEW]Jon Agar - 1993 - British Journal for the History of Science 26 (2):255-256.
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  27. John Bellamy Foster;, Brett Clark;, Richard York. Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism Versus Creationism From Antiquity to the Present. 240 Pp., Index. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008. $15.95. [REVIEW]Michael Ruse - 2009 - Isis 100 (4):883-884.
  28. The Intelligent Individual and SocietyP. W. Bridgman.M. F. Ashley-Montagu - 1939 - Isis 30 (2):310-312.
  29. Ten Archetypes of Nature in Design.Mitchell Joachim - 2016 - Technoetic Arts 14 (1-2):127-130.
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  30. Use the Difficulty Through Schwierigkeit: Antiusability as Value-Driven Design.J. Lenarcic - unknown
    In the style of a polemic discursive essay, Antiusability is introduced as a radical design paradigm to reawaken dedicated awareness of the user-system interface through challenge. A philosophical work in flux, it is described as a kind of science of difficulty with an underpinning that promotes the generic greater good in usability per se.
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  31. Paley's Design Argument as an Inference to the Best Explanation, or, Dawkins' Dilemma.Sander Gliboff - 2000 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31 (4):579-597.
  32. The Argument From Design.Bowman L. Clarke - 1979 - Sophia 18 (3):1-13.
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  33. The Application-Conditions for Design Inferences: Why the Design Arguments Need the Help of Other Arguments for God’s Existence.Kenneth Einar Himma - 2005 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 57 (1):1-33.
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  34. Thomas Huxley: Fossils, Persistence, and the Argument From Design.Sherrie L. Lyons - 1993 - Journal of the History of Biology 26 (3):545-569.
    In struggling to free science from theological implications, Huxley let his own philosophical beliefs influence his interpretation of the data. However, he was certainly not unique in this respect. Like the creationists he despised, he made many important contributions to the issue of progression in the fossil record and its relationship to evolutionary theory. Certainly other factors were involved as well. Undoubtedly, just the sheer inertia of ideas played a role. He was committed to a theory of type and was (...)
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  35. Natural Theology and Nature's Disguises.Muriel Blaisdell - 1982 - Journal of the History of Biology 15 (2):163 - 189.
  36. The Very Idea of Design: What God Couldn't Do.Richard D. Kortum - 2004 - Religious Studies 40 (1):81-96.
    This paper argues for the proposition that there is fundamental incoherence in the idea of a divine designer. Such a being would have to have intentions and thoughts prior to designing and making a world. But it is a necessary truth that thought – of the complex and articulated kind necessary for the design of a cosmos – presupposes possession of language. It is further necessarily true that language is impossible, save for beings who inhabit a public world containing other (...)
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  37. William A. Dembski’s Argument for Detecting Design Through Specified Complexity.Juuso Loikkanen - 2015 - Philosophy and Theology 27 (2):289-306.
    This paper analyzes William A. Dembski’s theory of intelligent design. According to Dembski, it is possible to empirically detect signs of intelligence in the world by examining properties of observed events. In order to detect design, Dembski has developed the criterion of specified complexity, by means of which he claims to be able to distinguish events that are designed from those that are caused by necessity or chance. Five problems regarding Dembski’s theory are identified and discussed. It is revealed that (...)
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  38. Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA.A. Dembski William & Michael Ruse (eds.) - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this book, first published in 2004, William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been 'design'. Is the appearance of design in organisms the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, is that (...)
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  39. Intelligent Gorilla Comes to Shabbos Dinner.Eric Linus Kaplan - 2015 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 39 (1):182-185.
  40. Benjamin C. Jantzen An Introduction to Design Arguments. . Pp. Xvi+335. $29.99 . ISBN 978 0 521 18303-1.T. J. Mawson - 2014 - Religious Studies 50 (4):535-535.
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  41. The Philosophy of Design.Glenn Parsons - 2015 - Polity.
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  42. Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.Barbara Forrest & Paul R. Gross - 2003 - Oxford University Press USA.
    Forrest and Gross expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political ambitions of "intelligent design" creationism. They examine the movement's "Wedge Strategy," which has advanced and is succeeding through public relations rather than through scientific research. Analyzing the content and character of "intelligent design theory," they highlight its threat to public education and to the separation of church and state.
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  43. Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.Barbara Forrest & Paul R. Gross - 2003 - Oxford University Press USA.
    Forrest and Gross expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political ambitions of "intelligent design" creationism. They examine the movement's "Wedge Strategy," which has advanced and is succeeding through public relations rather than through scientific research. Analyzing the content and character of "intelligent design theory," they highlight its threat to public education and to the separation of church and state.
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  44. World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism.Michael C. Rea - 2002 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Philosophical naturalism, according to which philosophy is continuous with the natural sciences, has dominated the Western academy for well over a century; but Michael Rea claims that it is without rational foundation, and that the costs of embracing it are surprisingly high. The first part of World Without Design aims to provide a fair and historically informed characterization of naturalism. Rea then argues compellingly to the surprising conclusion that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perhaps (...)
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  45. World Without Design.Michael C. Rea - 2002 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Philosophical naturalism, according to which philosophy is continuous with the natural sciences, has dominated the Western academy for well over a century; but Michael Rea claims that it is without rational foundation, and that the costs of embracing it are surprisingly high. Rea argues compellingly to the surprising conclusion that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perhaps realism about other minds. That is surely a price that naturalists are unwilling to pay: this philosophical orthodoxy should (...)
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  46. Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design.Bradley Monton - 2009 - Broadview Press.
    The doctrine of intelligent design is often the subject of acrimonious debate. _Seeking God in Science_ cuts through the rhetoric that distorts the debates between religious and secular camps. Bradley Monton, a philosopher of science and an atheist, carefully considers the arguments for intelligent design and argues that intelligent design deserves serious consideration as a scientific theory. Monton also gives a lucid account of the debate surrounding the inclusion of intelligent design in public schools and presents reason why students’ science (...)
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  47. Design, Science and Wicked Problems.Robert Farrell & Cliff Hooker - unknown
    We examine the claim that design is demarcated from science by having wicked problems while science does not and argue that it is wrong. We examine each of the ten features Rittel and Weber hold to be characteristic of wicked problems and show that they derive from three general sources common to science and design: agent finitude, system complexity and problem normativity, and play analogous roles in each. This provides the basis for a common core cognitive process to design and (...)
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  48. 3. Design Without a Designer, and the Evolution of "Why?".Daniel Clement Dennett - unknown
    Tercera lliçó del professor i filòsof nord-americà, Daniel Clement Dennet, sobre teleologia.
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  49. The Christian Core of Intelligent Design.Sharon Woodill - 2015 - Zygon 50 (2):271-286.
    Intelligent design theorists assert that ID is a scientific theory that is merely consistent with some religious beliefs. Many critics point to the circumstantial evidence of the apparent development of ID from creation science and the affiliation of ID with mainstream evangelical organizations to assert its religious orientation. This article suggests that the position of ID proponents is a substantial understatement, and that beyond the circumstantial evidence of critics, fundamental Christian doctrine constitutes the essence of ID theory. The bulk of (...)
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  50. The Limits of Dissensus: The Case of “Intelligent Design”.Andrew Kidd - unknown
    Although dissensus is a natural component of argumentation and testimony, there are limits as to what can be considered acceptable contrarian or arguments. In science, dissenting arguments are limited by the extent of their fidelity to known facts and theories. Dissensus is therefore limited by how consistent a new theory or hypothesis is with an established body of knowledge, as well as other criteria any good theory must meet. In the case of the so-called “intelligent design” controversy, the supposed “dissensus” (...)
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