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Planet Earth and the design hypothesis

Author: David A J Seargent
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Hamilton Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In many respects, our planet is a cosmic anomaly. Moreover, it is anomalous in such a way as to provide an excellent environment for complex life in what appears to be a largely hostile universe. Is this simply a fortunate coincidence, or does it speak of something more fundamental, even an underlying intelligent design in nature? To answer this question, we must isolate the characteristics of design and determine  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A J Seargent
ISBN: 9780761837558 0761837558
OCLC Number: 156822416
Description: xi, 127 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Anomalous Earth?. What about the Copernican principle? ; Our 'special' planet --
Signs of design?. Transitive complexity ; Evidence of design? --
Our priveleged planet. The privileged planet hypothesis --
A world of beauty and awe. The secret beauty of creation ; Our place in the world ; Possible misunderstanding of this position --
Appendix I. The sensus divinatis --
Appendix II. Transitive complexity and intentionality.
Responsibility: David A.J. Seargent.

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"In many respects, our planet is a cosmic anomaly. Moreover, it is anomalous in such a way as to provide an excellent environment for complex life in what appears to be a largely hostile universe. Is this simply a fortunate coincidence, or does it speak of something more fundamental, even an underlying intelligent design in nature? To answer this question, we must isolate the characteristics of design and determine whether these are apparent in the natural world. The ensuing discussion will take us beyond the important contributions of mathematician and philosopher W. Dembski and biologist M. Behe to the concept of "Transitive Complexity" (TC). It is argued that where TC is present, intelligent design is the only logical, valid inference." "This work presents evidence of TC in nature using the complexities of biology as its base. Planet Earth and the Design Hypothesis challenges the naturalistic assumptions of much scientific research without denigrating science. Rather, this book argues that the thirst for knowledge that drives scientific research is a basic - and in a very real sense "spiritual"--Appetite constituting an essential part of our humanity."--Jacket.

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