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Science blog to focus on intelligent design

SEATTLE (BP)–Intelligent design is the subject of a new science blog to explore the growing evidence for purpose and design in the universe and in earth’s life systems.

“There is a great lack of understanding about intelligent design,” said Jay Richards, vice president and senior fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. “The national debate about intelligent design, as well as the criticisms of theories such as Neo-Darwinism, has gotten very heated. We hope our blog will infuse the debate with more light and less heat.

“The public deserves to hear from ID theorists directly, without the mainstream media filter, which usually distorts the nature of the debate and the evidence that’s inspiring the debate,” Richards said.

The blog, named Intelligent Design The Future, is online at www.idthefuture.com.

The blog will involve multiple contributors among the nation’s leading intelligent design scientists and theorists, including biochemist Michael Behe, mathematician William Dembski, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, philosophers Stephen Meyer and Jay Richards, molecular biologist Jonathan Wells; science writer Jonathan Witt; and Richards at the Discovery Institute.

Items at the blog will focus primarily on the intellectual issues at stake in the debate over intelligent design rather than its implications in such arenas as education or public policy, Richards said.

“This is the first time that the public has had a chance to read all in one place the leading design scientists’ thoughts on current scientific news and issues,” he noted. “The contributors represent different academic disciplines and often have different interests, so IDthefuture.com will be eclectic and keep people coming back.”

Most posts will be brief, providing editorial comment and links to relevant articles and discussions, Richards said.

“We will alert readers to recent articles that bear on design in the universe,” he said. “And we will speak directly on current events as they relate to intelligent design, materialism, reductionism and other related intellectual issues.”

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