Signs of Intelligence

A Primer on the Discernment of Intelligent Design

by William A. Dembski

Intelligent design examines the distinction between three modes of explanation: necessity, chance, and design. In our workaday lives we find it important to distinguish between these modes of explanation. Did she fall or was she pushed? And if she fell, was it simply bad luck or was her fall unavoidable? More generally, given an event, object, or structure, we want to know:

1. Did it have to happen?
2. Did it happen by accident?
3. Did an intelligent agent cause it to happen?

Given an event to . . .

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William A. Dembski is Associate Research Professor in the Conceptual Foundations of Science at Baylor University and a senior fellow with the Discovery Institute?s Center for Science and Culture. He is the author of many books, including Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press), No Free Lunch (Rowman & Littlefield), and The Design Revolution (InterVarsity Press); and the editor, with James Kushiner, of Signs of Intelligence (Brazos), a collection taken from the first Touchstone special issue on intelligent design.

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