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Can Intelligent Design Guide Scientific Research?
Lecture by Jonathan Wells

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In conjunction with the 2004 Intelligent Design Conference, Biola University


In this lecture Jonathan Wells asserts that if Intelligent Design is to be taken seriously in the scientific community it must be able solve real-world problems. In order to solve real problems, ID must be able to guide fruitful research.

As a first step in that direction Dr. Wells outlines the Theory of Organismal Problem Solving (TOPS) in this lecture. The basics tenets of TOPS include:

  • Avoid wasting time on fruitless research
  • Let ID guide research
  • Find applications in biology and medicine
  • Work out the function of cell organelles that are currently poorly understood
  • Discover the cellular causes of cancer.

Wells points out that Intelligent Design encourages a top-down cellular or organismal perspective rather than a Darwinian bottom-up molecular reductionist perspective. Wells feels ID can lead to fruit new research. In closing he summarizes the research he is currently pursuing for cellular causes of cancer.

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute, Jonathan Wells holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, from Yale University. He has supervised a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and taught biology at California State University, Hayward. Dr. Wells has published articles in Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, BioSystems, The Scientist and The American Biology Teacher. He is also author of Charles Hodge?s Critique of Darwinism and Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong. Professor Wells is currently working on a book criticizing the over-emphasis on genes in biology and medicine.

This program was recorded at the "Intelligent Design and the Future of Science" conference held at Biola University, April 22-24, 2004. Speakers included noted philosophers and scientists, such as Michael J. Behe, John A. Bloom, Walter Bradley, William A. Dembski, Garrett DeWeese, Guillermo Gonzales, Craig Hazen, Phillip E. Johnson, Jed Macosko, Stephen Meyer, J.P. Moreland, Fazale Rana, John Mark Reynolds, Hugh Ross, Henry "Fritz" Schaefer, III; Jonathan Wells, and others. Topics addressed recent advances in biochemistry, astrophysics, and psychology.

Recorded April 2004.
Approximately 47:30 minutes including audience Q&A.

Copyright ? 2004 by Biola University

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