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DNA, Design, & Intelligence

by Stephen C. Meyer

“Einstein said, ‘God does not play dice.’
He was right. God plays scrabble.”
—Philip Gold

Since the late nineteenth century most biologists have rejected the idea that living organisms display evidence of intelligent design. While many acknowledge the appearance of design in biological systems, they insist that Darwinism, or neo-Darwinism, explains how this appearance arose naturalistically—that is, without invoking a directing intelligence or agency. Following Darwin, modern neo-Darwinists generally accept that natural selection acting on random variation can explain the appearance of design in living organisms. As evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala has explained, . . .

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