The View From 1776

Finding Design In Nature

Michael Behe summarizes the major differences between the scientific hypothesis of intelligent design and the Darwinian hypothesis that life and all life forms are purposeless and the result of random occurrences in the physical, material world.


Intelligent Design is an inductive argument from empirical observations like the irreducible complexity of molecular machinery. Intelligent causation as an explanation is consistent with all our experience of finely engineered machines which have intelligent designers. The Darwinian alternative is to propose a phenomenon never observed anywhere, namely that complex machinery can assemble itself without any planning or direction.