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.
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 ›
Over at Telicthoughts.com the discussion of Signature in the Cell continues with an interesting post from “Bradford.” Being the good professor that he no doubt is Olegt inspired me to address this objection. There are some misconceptions about refutations of Paley’s watch argument. Paley’s watch served as a metaphor for life centuries ago at a time when our understanding of life and our technology was considerably less advanced. Our understanding of life extends to life’s basic unit — the cell — and its components. Cells are able to replicate themselves and if one chooses a metaphor it ought to be one able to explain this phenomenon. Meyer identifies the cellular property that is required to explain not just cellular replication but an ability to Read More ›
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
Synopsis Of The Second Chapter Of Signature In The Cell by Stephen Meyer posted at The ID Report: When the 19th century chemist Friedrich Wohler synthesized urea in the lab using simple chemistry, he set in motion the ball that would ultimately knock down the then-pervasive ‘Vitalistic’ view of biology. Life’s chemistry, rather than being bound by immaterial ‘vital forces’ could indeed by artificially made. While Charles Darwin offered little insight on how life originated, several key scientists would later jump on Wohler’s ‘Eureka’-style discovery through public proclamations of their own ‘origin of life’ theories. The ensuing materialist view was espoused by the likes of Ernst Haeckel and Rudolf Virchow who built their own theoretical suppositions on Wohler’s triumph. Meyer summed up Read More ›
Tonight Stephen Meyer will be on Coast to Coast with George Noory. Dr. Meyer will be on from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am PT, and as an extra incentive for our readers who aren’t night owls, the show promises to “discuss recent discoveries in cell biology which support intelligent design and reveal that digital computers and living cells are operating on the same principles.” To find an affiliate station in your area and tune in, click here.
Over at Ligonier Ministries there is a very thoughtful review of Signature in the Cell. Those who are committed to an atheistic and materialist philosophy will be all over this book, but I am slightly optimistic that it may actually change the nature of the debate among scientists who are interested in going where the evidence leads. In fact, one of the most helpful sections of this book deals with the very definition of “science,” an issue that has hindered helpful discussions and debates.Although I enthusiastically recommend Meyer’s book to any who are interested in the scientific study of the origin of life, I do want to raise one important point. Advocates of intelligent design are directing most of their efforts toward addressing Read More ›
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer spoke to a full house at the Seattle Art Museum’s Plestscheef Auditorium last night presenting compelling evidence for intelligence behind the origin of life. (Below are some pictures of the event.) On a beautiful summer evening in downtown Seattle, an eager crowd of over 200 relaxed inside the museum’s state-of-the-art theater to hear Dr. Meyer explain the problem of “The DNA Enigma” — that is, where does the highly specified and complex information inside the cell come from? In a presentation taped by C-SPAN for its Booknotes program, Dr. Meyer used many examples from our computerized age to show that information is a prerequisite for function and construction and that intelligence is always behind the creation and development Read More ›
Stephen Meyer has an interesting op-ed in today’s Boston Globe about founding father Thomas Jefferson’s view of intelligent design. A view which Meyer argues comes from the scientific evidence, not from religious authority, and which is foundational to our nation’s adherence to inalienable rights for all: Contemplating everything from the heavenly bodies down to the creaturely bodies of men and animals, he argued: “It is impossible, I say, for the human mind not to believe that there is, in all this, design, cause and effect, up to an ultimate cause, a fabricator of all things from matter and motion.”The “ultimate cause” and “fabricator of all things” that Jefferson invoked was also responsible for the “design” of life’s endlessly diverse forms as well as the Read More ›