List of works on intelligent design

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This is a list of works addressing the subject or the themes of intelligent design.

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  • Robert Pennock ed. Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives, MIT Press (2002). ISBN 0-262-66124-1
  1. Intelligent Design Creationism's "Wedge Strategy"
    1. The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream, by Barbara Forrest
  2. Johnson's Critique of Evolutionary Naturalism
    1. Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism, by Phillip E. Johnson
    2. Naturalism, Evidence and Creationism: The Case of Phillip Johnson, by Robert T. Pennock
    3. Response to Pennock by Phillip E. Johnson
    4. Reply: Johnson's Reason in the Balance, by Robert T. Pennock
  3. A Theological Conflict?: Evolution vs. the Bible
    1. When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible, by Alvin Plantinga
    2. When Faith and Reason Cooperate, by Howard J. Van Till
    3. Plantinga's Defense of Special Creation, by Ernan McMullin
    4. Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability: A Reply to McMullin and Van Till, by Alvin Plantinga
  4. Intelligent Design's Scientific Claims
    1. Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference, by Michael J. Behe
    2. Born Again Creationism, by Philip Kitcher
    3. Biology Remystified: The Scientific Claims of the New Creationists, by Matthew J. Brauer & Daniel R. Brumbaugh
  5. Plantinga's Critique of Naturalism & Evolution
    1. Methodological Naturalism?, by Alvin Plantinga
    2. Methodological Naturalism Under Attack, by Michael Ruse
    3. Plantinga's Case Against Naturalistic Epistemology, by Evan Fales
    4. Plantinga's Probability Arguments Against Evolutionary Naturalism, by Branden Fitelson & Elliott Sober
  6. Intelligent Design Creationism vs. Theistic Evolutionism
    1. Creator or "Blind Watchmaker?", by Phillip E. Johnson
    2. Phillip Johnson on Trial: A Critique of His Critique of Darwin, by Nancey Murphy
    3. Welcoming the 'Disguised Friend' – Darwinism and Divinity, by Arthur Peacocke
    4. The Creation: Intelligently Designed or Optimally Equipped?, by Howard J. Van Till
    5. Is Theism Compatible with Evolution?, by Roy Clouser
  7. Intelligent Design and Information
    1. Is Genetic Information Irreducible?, by Phillip E. Johnson
    2. Reply to Phillip Johnson, by Richard Dawkins
    3. Reply to Johnson, by George C. Williams
    4. Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information, by William A. Dembski
    5. Information and the Argument from Design, by Peter Godfrey-Smith
    6. How Not to Detect Design, by Branden Fitelson, Christopher Stephens & Elliott Sober
    7. The 'Information Challenge', by Richard Dawkins
  8. Intelligent Design Theorists Turn the Tables
    1. Who's Got the Magic?, by William A. Dembski
    2. The Wizards of ID: Reply to Dembski, by Robert T. Pennock
    3. The Panda's Peculiar Thumb, by Stephen Jay Gould
    4. The Role of Theology in Current Evolutionary Reasoning, by Paul A. Nelson
    5. Appealing to Ignorance Behind the Cloak of Ambiguity, by Kelly C. Smith
    6. Nonoverlapping Magisteria, by Stephen Jay Gould
  9. Creationism and Education
    1. Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught in the Public Schools, by Robert T. Pennock
    2. Creation and Evolution: A Modest Proposal, by Alvin Plantinga
    3. Reply to Plantinga's 'Modest Proposal', by Robert T. Pennock

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The concept of life having been designed or manipulated is a staple of science fiction. Aspects of Intelligent Design are explored in:

  • Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer. 2000. ISBN 0-312-86713-1 A science fiction novel in which an intelligent designer is manipulating reality solely for the benefit of human-kind and three other sentient species residing in our galaxy.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey; in the movie, human evolution is accelerated and guided by an unspecified force, assumed by many to be aliens. In the novel based on the film, human evolution is accelerated and guided by aliens.
  • In the Doctor Who episode Image of the Fendahl, evolution on Earth was guided by an alien, to allow it to feed on humans.
  • The novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus prominently features an intelligently (but imperfectly) designed creature, whose faults stem from the inherent flaws of its creator, Victor Frankenstein.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reveals that the Earth was built by the Magratheans who were commissioned by mice and designed by the computer Deep Thought to find the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
  • In the movie Mission to Mars, highly evolved aliens accelerated and guided human evolution.
  • Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee; in this final novel of a series, it is revealed that the (mostly offstage) Ramans create universes and test their inhabitants in an attempt to maximise the quantity of consciousness within them.
  • According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Chase, Star Trek aliens all look similar because life was seeded on different planets by highly evolved aliens.
  • In the Well World series, by Jack L. Chalker, aliens known as Markovians evolved and grew to the point where their computers, by means of a universal mathematics, were able to create/produce/do anything they wanted. Bored with being virtual gods, they decided their race had been flawed in some manner. So they designed a new universe and Markovian volunteers chose to become all of the new races therein, including humans, to see if perhaps another race could attain the perfection they believed existed but which they themselves failed to achieve.
  • Roddy M. Bullock (2006). The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science. Access Research Network. ISBN 1-931796-27-0. 
  • Dean Koontz (2009). Breathless. New York: Bantam Publishing. ISBN 978-0-553-80715-8.  References the mathematical calculation of the improbability of life.
  • "Surface Tension" is a 1952 science fiction short story by James Blish. A human colonization ship crash-lands and they genetically engineer their descendants into something that can survive. They create a race of microscopic aquatic humanoids and metal plates of knowledge for them. Blish coined the term pantropy to refer to this concept, as opposed to terraforming.
  • "Microcosmic God" is a 1941 science fiction novelette by Theodore Sturgeon. A scientist develops a synthetic life form, which he calls "Neoterics", that live at a greatly accelerated rate and produce many generations over a short time so he can use their inventions. The scientist asserts his authority by killing half the population whenever they disobey his "divine" orders.

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