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



Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

By: Stephen C. Meyer
Publisher: HarperOne (June 18, 2013)

Charles Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. In what is known today as the “Cambrian explosion,” 530 million years ago many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In Darwin’s Doubt Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but also because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the theory of intelligent design—which holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection—is ultimately the best explanation for the origin of the Cambrian animals.

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Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

By: Stephen C. Meyer
Publisher: HarperOne (2009)

In Signature in the Cell, Dr. Stephen Meyer shows that the digital code embedded in DNA points powerfully to a designing intelligence and helps unravel a mystery that Darwin did not address: how did the very first life begin? Follow Dr. Meyer as he investigates how new scientific discoveries are pointing to intelligent design as the best explanation for the complexity of life and the universe.

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Explore Evolution:  
The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism

By: Stephen C. Meyer, Scott Minnich, Jonathan Moneymaker, Paul Nelson & Ralph Seelke
Publisher: Hill House Publishers, London & Melbourne (2007)

The purpose of Explore Evolution, is to examine the scientific controversy about Darwin’s theory, and in particular, the contemporary version of the theory known as neo-Darwinism. Whether you are a teacher, a student, or a parent, this book will help you understand what Darwin’s theory of evolution is, why many scientists find it persuasive, and why other scientists question the theory or some key aspects of it.

Sometimes, scientists find that the same evidence can be explained in more than one way. When there are competing theories, reasonable people can (and do) disagree about which theory best explains the evidence. Furthermore, in the historical sciences, neither side can directly verify its claims about past events. Fortunately, even though we can’t directly verify these claims, we can test them. How? First, we gather as much evidence as possible and look at it carefully. Then, we compare the competing theories in light of how well they explain the evidence.

Looking at the evidence and comparing the competing explanations will provide the most reliable path to discovering which theory, if any, gives the best account of the evidence at hand. In science, it is ultimately the evidence-and all of the evidence-that should tell us which theory offers the best explanation. This book will help you explore that evidence, and we hope it will stimulate your interest in these questions as you weigh the competing arguments.

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Darwinism, Design, and Public Education

Edited By: John Angus Campbell and Stephen C. Meyer
Publisher: Michigan State University Press (2004)

This balanced volume contains essays by both supporters and critics debating intelligent design and whether design should be allowed in public school science classes. The scholars approach the question from the standpoints of constitutional law, philosophy, rhetoric, education, and science.

Legal scholar David DeWolf, and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow, argues that teachers should have the academic freedom to teach intelligent design in the classroom because of its empirical, nonreligious basis. John Angus Campbell, Discovery Fellow, sees intelligent design as the pedagogical and historical antithesis to Neo-Darwinism, both of which must be taught if students are to properly understand biological origins. Pro-design technical arguments reach into many forums:

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Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe, The Proceedings of the 
Wethersfield Institute, Vol. 9

By: Stephen C. Meyer, William Dembski, Michael Behe
Publisher: Ignatius Press (2000)

Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe provides a collection of invaluable, in-depth papers by leading design theorists Michael Behe, William Dembski, and Stephen Meyer from a conference sponsored by the Wethersfield Institute in 1999. 

William Dembksi, Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute, opens the book by explaining how design can be detected in the natural world. An explanatory filter can be used to determine if a given event is best explained by chance, law (necessity), or intelligent design. Dembski explains that a variety of disciplines, such as forensic science, psychology, or the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project already employ this sort of reasoning. It is then suggested that this scheme might be applied to detect design in the natural sciences.

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