Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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Was Darwinian Theory Based on a False Analogy to Geology?

biology, Charles Coulton Gillispie, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Dean Kenyon, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Evolution, Fred Hoyle, Geology, Isaac Newton, James Hutton, James Thomson, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Percival Davis, Peter Bowler, Physics, Earth & Space, Principles of Geology, Robert Elsmere, Robert Frost, Robinson Jeffers, Sandra Herbert, The City of Dreadful Night, The Origin of Species, Theory of the Earth, Thomas Huxley, William Shakespeare
Given the degree of discipleship for Sir Charles, Darwin fully expected to receive Lyell’s commendation for his labors. Source
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God Hypothesis: The Problem of Background Knowledge

Bayesian reasoning, breadcrumbs, car break-in, Charles Lyell, Charles Sanders Peirce, Croatia, Croatians, Delta variant, Faith & Science, Fran Lebowitz, God Hypothesis, Hansel and Gretel, inference to the best explanation, Intelligent Design, James Croft, Lydia McGrew, masks, Michael Scriven, philosophers, puppy, Return of the God Hypothesis, Stephen Meyer, Substack, Thomas Crisp
The wet-washcloth sensation of puppy tongue on baby cheeks is part of the baby’s evidence that Puppy exists. Source
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Answering an Objection: “You Can’t Measure Intelligent Design”

Charles Lyell, cosmology, Darwinian evolution, Douglas Axe, Eugenie Scott, evolutionary biology, geologists, Geology, historical sciences, intelligent agency, Intelligent Design, Intelligent Design Uncensored, Jonathan Witt, National Center for Science Education, Planck time, probability bound, specified complexity, specified information, Stephen Jay Gould, theo-meter, William Dembski
We test intelligent design in the same way that we test all historical scientific theories. Source
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Mystery of Life’s Origin — Intelligent Design’s Original Edition, Greatly Expanded, on Sale Now!

abiogenesis, Alfred Russel Wallace, Allan Bloom, Anaxagoras, Brian Miller, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Charles Thaxton, chemical evolution, Claude Shannon, Dean Kenyon, DNA, Erasmus Darwin, Frankenstein, galvanism, Guillermo Gonzalez, Harvard University, Hubert Yockey, Intelligent Design, James Tour, Jonathan Wells, Joseph Hooker, Leslie Orgel, Lord Byron, Louis Pasteur, Luigi Galvani, Mary Shelley, Michael Polanyi, Miller-Urey experiment, origin of life, Percy Shelley, Plato, Reijer Hooykaas, RNA, Roger L. Olsen, San Francisco State University, Shannon information, Signature in the Cell, Socrates, spaghetti, specified complexity, Stephen Meyer, The Mystery of Life’s Origin, The Return of the God Hypothesis, uniformitarianism, Walter Bradley, William Dembski
Editor’s note: We are delighted today to offer a new book from Discovery Institute Press, The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy, a greatly expanded and updated version of the book that, in 1984, launched the intelligent design movement. The following is excerpted from Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Klinghoffer’s historical introduction to the work. Other brand new chapters on the “continuing controversy” about the origin of life are by chemist James Tour, physicist Brian Miller, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, biologist Jonathan Wells, and philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer. How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination. As the novelist Mary Shelley recalled, her invention of the story of Frankenstein traced back…
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