Evolution vs. Intelligent Design Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design
This essay outlines the basic tenets for theories of evolution and intelligent design.
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This essay discusses the merits of evolution vs. intelligent design. The essay outlines the idea of evolutionist Stanley A. Rice, an associate professor of biology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University as well as the ideas of the author of "Design for Living," Michael J. Behe. The essay also outlines the basic tenets of the scientific method including that it depends upon certain basic rules which scientists must utilize to create hypothesis, that only repeatable occurrences can be investigated and that all research must be done with the assistance of a hypothesis, theory or idea for which a clear answer can be obtained. The essay finds that when put to the scientific method, the theory of intelligent design falls short; therefore, evolution must be the valid theory.

From the Paper:

"According to Stanley A. Rice, associate professor of biology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the term evolution can best be defined as a process which involves many different kinds of change, usually gradual changes related to what is known as adaptation which refers to "genetic changes over time in populations of organisms" (150), something very similar to Charles Darwin's idea of the survival of the fittest, meaning that certain organisms over vast lengths of time learn to adapt to their individual environments and thus survive to produce better offspring while other organisms fail to adapt and end up becoming extinct. In contrast, the so-called theory of intelligent design (ID) is what Rice calls "minimalist creationism" and claims that "there is an irreducible complexity within biological systems and structures" and maintains that "only an intelligent creator could have brought such complex systems into existence" (213). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Behe, Michael J. "Design For Living." New York Times. February 7, 2005. Internet. Retrieved October 21, 2008 from http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/07/opinion/07behe.html?_r=1&oref=slogin.
  • Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. 2008. Internet.Retrieved October 21, 2008 from http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/origin.html.
  • Dupre, John. Darwin's Legacy: What Evolution Means Today. New York: OxfordUniversity Press, 2005.
  • "Intelligent Design Derailed." New York Times. December 22, 2005. Internet. Retrieved October 21, 2008 from http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/opinion/22thur1.html.
  • Rice, Stanley A. Encyclopedia of Evolution. New York: Checkmark Books, 2007.

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