That’s the question that Casey Luskin tackled on the “Evolution News and Views” blog earlier today. The daughter of a friend of his was preparing to do a presentation to show how Intelligent Design (ID) is science and she needed some resources to help prove her point. Here’s part of his reply:
“…We know ID is science because it uses the scientific method to make its claims.
The scientific method is commonly described as a four-step process involving observations, hypothesis, experiments, and conclusion. ID begins with the observation that intelligent agents produce complex and specified information (CSI). Design theorists hypothesize that if a natural object was designed, it will contain high levels of CSI. Scientists then perform experimental tests upon natural objects to determine if they contain complex and specified information. One easily testable form of CSI is irreducible complexity, which can be tested and discovered by experimentally reverse-engineering biological structures through genetic knockout experiments. The purpose is to determine if they require all of their parts to function. When experimental researchers uncover irreducible complexity in biology, they conclude that such structures were designed…”
Mr. Luskin then proceeds to list some resources he has come across to shore up such arguments and discusses a legal ruling that errs in its conclusion that ID is religion and should not be considered science. I believe he makes good points to show that ID can reliably be considered science.
Source: Casey Luskin. Why Intelligent Design Is Science: A Reading List. Evolutionnews.org. November 27, 2012.
Harry A. Gaylord