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Number One, February 1999

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NEW BOOKS BY WILLIAM DEMBSKI

The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities
William A. Dembski. How can we identify events due to intelligent causes and distinguish them from events due to undirected natural causes? If we lack a causal theory, how can we determine whether an intelligent cause acted? This book presents a reliable method for detecting intelligent causes: The Design Inference. This challenging and provocative book shows how incomplete undirected causes are for science and breathes new life into classical design arguments. Cambridge University Press. 260 pages, hardback. Ordering information: http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/php/book_show_item.php?id=28.

Mere Creation: Science, Faith, and Intelligent Design
Edited by William A. Dembski. For over a century, the scientific establishment has ignored challenges to the theory of evolution. But in the last decade such complacency about its scientific and philosophical foundations has been shaken. As cracks in the Darwinian edifice have begun to appear, many are asking whether a defensible alternative exists. In this book, nineteen expert academics, trained in mathematics, mechanical engineering, philosophy, physical anthropology, physics, astrophysics, biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, investigate the prospects for intelligent design as an explanatory theory in scientific descriptions of the universe. Challenging the reigning ideology of materialistic naturalism on both scientific and philosophical grounds, these scholars press the case for a radical rethinking of established evolutionary assumptions. InterVarsity Press, 1998. 448 pages, paperback. Ordering information: http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/php/book_show_item.php?id=29.


ARTICLES BY WILLIAM DEMBSKI ON THE ARN WEB

"The Act of Creation: Bridging Transcendence and Immanence" Presented at Millstatt Forum, Strasbourg, France, 10 August 1998. www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_actofcreation.htm

"An Analysis of Homer Simpson and Stephen Jay Gould"
A recent epidode of The Simpsons featured Stephen Jay Gould in the role of a scientist at the local museum. In this review, Bill Dembski offers his observations and commentary about that episode. www.arn.org/docs/dembski1129.htm

"Conflating Matter and Mind" Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 43:2 199 www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_conflating.htm

"Converting Matter into Mind: Alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone in Cognitive Science" Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 42:4 1990. www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_convmtr.htm

"The Explanatory Filter: A three-part filter for understanding how to separate and identify cause from intelligent design." An excerpt from a paper presented at the 1996 Mere Creation conference, originally titled "Redesigning Science." www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_explfilter.htm

"The Fallacy of Contextualism" Reprinted from The Princeton Theological Review, October 1994. www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_contexism.htm

"Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information" www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_idtheory.htm

"The Intelligent Design Movement" From Cosmic Pursuit, Spring 1998. www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_idmovement.htm

"Science and Design" From First Things October 1998. http://www.arn.org/ftissues/ft9810/articles/dembski.html

"Teaching Intelligent Design as Religion or Science?" Reprinted from The Princeton Theological Review, April 1996. www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_teachingdesign.htm

"What Every Theologian Should Know about Creation, Evolution and Design" Reprinted from The Princeton Theological Review, March 1996. www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_theologn.htm

"Alchemy, NK Boolean Style" Review of Stuart Kauffman's At Home in the Universe. Origins & Design 17:2 www.arn.org/docs/odesign/od172/dembski172.htm


ARN WEB NOW OFFERS SECTION ON "FEATURED AUTHORS"

In an effort to provide important material(and a more efficient way to view that material), we have developed a new area of the web site devoted to the works of important authors in the intelligent design arena. If you are familiar with the ARN web site, then you have probably frequented the pages of Michael Behe and Phillip Johnson. In a similar fashion, we have added pages featuring William Dembski, Mark Hartwig, Stephen Meyer, and Paul Nelson, with more to come as we gather material. The Featured Authors page can be accessed from the home page, or directly at http://www.arn.org/authors.htm. We hope you find this page interesting and helpful. (Note: if you are aware of articles by these authors, which we have failed to post, please let us know via email at webmaster@arn.org)


ORIGINS & DESIGN 19:2 NOW IN PRODUCTION

The next issue of Origins & Design journal is currently in the works. Featured in the new issue will be a roundtable discussion of Michael Denton's book, Nature's Destiny. Offering their opinions and insights to the discussion will be Paul Nelson, Michael Behe, William Dembki, Stephen Meyer, Phillip Johnson, and Jonathan Wells. Also in this issue, Denton offers a new hypothesis on an old argument: the design of the Inverted Retina. Dennis Feucht of the ASA discusses the unexplored resources that engineering offers to the theory of design in his article "Design in Nature and the Nature of Design". Rounding out the issue is Kurt Wise's review of Leonard Brand's Faith, Reason, and Earth History, along with the other standard fare. We anticipate Origins & Design 19:1 to hit the mail box mid-to-late March. For subscription information, see http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/odsubscription.htm.


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