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Planet Earth and the Design Hypothesis
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In many respects, our planet is a cosmic anomaly. Moreover, it is anomalous in such a way as to provide an excellent environment for complex life in what appears to be a largely hostile universe. Is this simply a fortunate coincidence, or does it speak of something more fundamental, even an underlying intelligent design in nature? To answer this question, we must isolate the characteristics of design and determine whether these are apparent in the natural world. The ensuing discussion will take us beyond the important contributions of mathematician and philosopher W. Dembski and biologist M. Behe to the concept of "Transitive Complexity" (TC). It is argued that where TC is present, intelligent design is the only logical, valid inference. This work presents evidence of TC in nature using the complexities of biology as its base. Planet Earth and the Design Hypothesis challenges the naturalistic assumptions of much scientific research without denigrating science. Rather, this book argues that the thirst for knowledge that drives scientific research is a basic-and in a very real sense "spiritual"-appetite constituting an essential part of our humanity.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalPhilosophy of religion Publisher: University Press of America Publication Date: 14/06/2007 ISBN-13: 9780761837558  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David A.J. Seargent is a contributing editor to Australia's Sky and Telescope magazine, an active amateur astronomer, and former lecturer in Philosophy with the University of Newcastle's adult education department. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is the author of several books on a variety of subjects including: Comets: Vagabonds of Space (1983) and Plurality and Continuity: An Essay in G.F. Stout's Theory of Universals (1985).

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