Stephen C. Meyer Author, Philosopher, and Director of the Center for Science and Culture

Month: August 2009

Stephen Meyer on Coast to Coast

Stephen Meyer was recently on Coast to Coast with George Noory explaining the arguments in his book, Signature in the Cell, where he discussed the scientific evidence from such fields as biology, physics, chemistry, and cosmology. For three hours, Dr. Meyer explained how these new discoveries have outstripped the Darwinian approach, which never addressed where first life came from. You can listen to the entire show (subscription required) or excerpts (free!) here.

Sewing The Seeds Of Biology’s Post-‘Shannon Information’ Era

Over at Uncommon Descent, Robert Deyes provides a Synopsis Of The Fourth Chapter Of Signature In The Cell. When talking about ‘information’ and its relevance to biological design, Intelligent Design theorists have a particular definition in mind. Indeed they see information as “the attribute inherent in and communicated by alternative sequences or arrangements of something that produce specific effects” (p.86). When the twentieth century American mathematician Claude Shannon laid down his own theory for quantifying information he drew attention to a mathematical relationship that on its surface appeared intuitive. Information as Shannon noted was inversely proportional to uncertainty. That is, the more information we had about our world the less uncertainty there was over the outcome of future events. Shannon also proposed Read More ›

‘That Wild-Haired Man And That Dapper Fellow’- Homing In On The Secret Of Life

Robert Deyes continues his examinition of SITC over at Uncommon Descent.  “Watson, with his wild hair and perfect willingness to throw off work for a Hedy Lamarr film, and Crick, a dapper and no longer especially young fellow who couldn’t seem to close the deal on his dissertation”(p.59). These are the uninspiring words that Stephen Meyer uses to describe the two men who would ultimately unravel the structure of DNA and thus ring in the molecular biology revolution.  With the chemical composition of DNA sufficiently well established, the world of science appeared poised for a major shake-up in its understanding of heredity. Still, the road of discovery up until that time had been anything but a ‘walk in the park’. While Read More ›

Stephen Meyer Interviewed by Greg Koukl

From Uncommon Descent: Greg Koukl of Stand To Reason interviewed Steve Meyer yesterday on Greg’s radio show. The interview (actually more of a dialog) was extremely comprehensive, although it was primarily centered around Meyer’s new book, Signature in the Cell. Greg is extremely bright and articulate, as is Steve, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the exchange. You can listen to the interview here.

New Video Shows DNA Evidence for Intelligent Design

A new video, Journey Inside The Cell, launched today a dramatically illustrates the evidence for intelligent design within DNA, as described in Stephen C. Meyer’s book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne 2009). The original animation by Light Productions reveals in intricate detail how the digital information in DNA directs protein synthesis inside the cell, revealing a world of molecular machines and nano-processors communicating digital information. “This video is going to make things worse for critics of intelligent design,” Dr. Meyer explains. “They will have more difficulty convincing the public that their eyes are deceiving them when the evidence for design literally unfolds before them in this animation.”  Narrated by Meyer, the video is a short tour Read More ›

Signatures of Minds

Over at Telicthoughts.com the discussion of Signature in the Cell continues with an interesting post from “Bradford.” Meyer is not rehashing Paley. He is not simply citing complex technology and claiming that an analogy to cellular complexity allows for a design inference. He is citing a particular feature common to both computers and cells and noting that information is essential to life in that it enables replication with a capacity to adapt. But unlike the interacting pieces of Paley’s watch, information need not be presumed to be mechanistic in nature. Indeed information is abstract. It exists as a conceptual idealization before it is expressed physically. That’s consistent with the computer analog. It’s consistent with the coding you are deciphering on your computer screen as Read More ›

“This book is transformative.”

Louis Pasteur did to Félix Pouchet’s spontaneous generation what Stephen Meyer is about to do to Charles Darwin’s evolution. Pasteur proclaimed victory in his Sorbonne Lecture of 1864; Meyer’s proclamation of victory over materialism now comes in 2009 with his Signature in the Cell. This book is transformative. Michael A. FlanneryAuthor of Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent EvolutionProfessor and Associate Director for Historical CollectionsUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham

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