Stephen C. Meyer Philosopher of Science


Reclaiming Biology From The Design Heisters

Robert Deyes has just posted the next installment in his detailed overview of Signature in the Cell, this a review of chapter eight, over at Uncommon Descent.  In the middle ages, Moses Maimonides debated heavily with Islamic philosophers over the Aristotlean interpretation of the universe. By looking at the stars and seeing their irregular pattern in the heavens, he concluded that only design could have generated the star arrangements he observed (1). In the process he ruled out necessity and the Epicurean ideology of chance. Centuries later Isaac Newton similarly opted for design as the best explanation for the origins of our solar system. Writing in his General Scholium for example Newton left us with no doubt over where his focus Read More ›
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Molecular ‘Chevaliers’ Rattle The Darwin-faithful

Robert Deyes continues his chapter by chapter analysis of Signature in the Cell at Uncommon Descent. Amidst the many memories that I cherish from my college undergraduate years are the get-togethers that friends and I would have to discuss the core textbook principles of molecular biology. Benjamin Lewin’s Genes IV stands out as one of the treasured resources we would pour over as we searched for the facts on the makeup of life. Perhaps most often visited amongst our topics of discussion were those of eukaryotic transcription and translation principally because for all of us there was something deeply unsettling about the naturalistic foundations upon which the emergence of these processes had been presented. So unsettled were we that we could Read More ›

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 important 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 ›
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Signatures of Minds

Over at 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 ›

“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

An Eye Into The Materialist Assault On Life’s Origins

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 ›