Intelligent design is not controlled by religion

Intelligent design creationism is a pseudoscience that maintains that certain aspects of the physical world, and more specifically life, show signs of having been designed, and hence were designed, by an intelligent being (usually, but not always, the God of the Christian religion). The concept is older than science, but only since the 1980s has the term “intelligent design” come into circulation. Supporters of intelligent design (termed design proponents, or, once, cdesign proponentsists) usually claim that the idea is not based on Christian creationism, although the existence of the Wedge Document is a pretty big hint that there is a link. It appears to be some form of agnostic creationism, and creationism is inherently religious.

Attempts to have ID taught in public schools have been defeated in court, and science papers proposing a “designer” usually cannot get past peer review — although not for reasons of prejudice against the subject matter. Intelligent design has been widely criticised for its failure to state what mechanism drives it, its lack of falsifiability, and many other problems that leave it lacking as a scientific theory. Where it has faced the scrutiny of the law, the US court system (apparently the only one to have considered the question) has appeared to consider it a form of Old-Earth creationism, making its teaching in public schools constitutionally impermissible under the Supreme Court’s holding in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987).

What experiment could in principle be performed and what result could possibly be obtained that would convince that Intelligent Design Creationism is wrong. If there is no such experiment and no such result, then the “theory” is not falsifiable and is, in fact, a construct.

The Discovery Institute (2005) says,

“Of course there’s no way to falsify a mere assertion that a cosmic designer exists. This much we are agreed on.”

The Discovery Institute (DI) is a politically conservative non-profit think tank based in Seattle, Washington, that advocates the pseudoscientific concept of intelligent design (ID). Its “Teach the Controversy” campaign aims to permit the teaching of anti-evolution, intelligent-design beliefs in United States public high school science courses in place of accepted scientific theories, positing that a scientific controversy exists over these subjects (when there in fact isn’t).

In 1990, the Institute was founded as a non-profit educational foundation and think tank. It was originally founded as a branch of the Hudson Institute, an Indianapolis-based conservative think tank, and is named after the Royal Navy ship HMS Discovery in which George Vancouver explored Puget Sound in 1792.

Discovery Institute promotes thoughtful analysis and effective action on local, regional, national and international issues.  The Institute is home to an inter-disciplinary community of scholars and policy advocates dedicated to the reinvigoration of traditional Western principles and institutions and the worldview from which they issued.

Discovery Institute has a special concern for the role that science and technology play in our culture and how they can advance free markets, illuminate public policy and support the theistic foundations of the West.

The Hudson Institute is a politically conservative, 501(c)(3) non-profit American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation.

According to its website, the Institute promotes “American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free, and prosperous future.” It promotes public policy change in accordance with its stated belief that “America’s unique and central role in the global system offers the best foundation for security, the defense of liberty, and assuring economic growth.”

Hudson Institute was founded in 1961 by Herman Kahn, Max Singer, and Oscar M. Ruebhausen.

In 1960, while employed at the RAND Corporation, Kahn had given a series of lectures at Princeton University on scenarios related to nuclear war. In 1960, Princeton University Press published On Thermonuclear War, a book-length expansion of Kahn’s lecture notes. Major controversies ensued, and in the end, Kahn and RAND had a parting of ways. Kahn moved to Croton-on-Hudson, New York, intending to establish a new think tank, less hierarchical and bureaucratic in its organization. Along with Max Singer, a young government lawyer who had been a RAND colleague of Kahn’s, and New York attorney Oscar Ruebhausen, Kahn founded the Hudson Institute on 20 July 1961. Kahn was the Hudson’s driving intellect and Singer built up the institute’s organization. Ruebhausen was an advisor to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

In 2016, Hudson moved from its McPherson Square headquarters to a custom-built office space on Pennsylvania Avenue, near the U.S. Capitol and the White House. The new LEED-certified offices were designed by FOX Architects. The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe presided over the opening of the new offices. Vice President Michael Pence used the think tank as his venue for a major policy speech on China on 4 October 2018.

Hudson offers two annual awards, the Herman Kahn Award and the Global Leadership Awards. Past Hudson Institute honorees include Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, Joseph Lieberman, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, David Petraeus, Nikki Haley and Shinzo Abe.

On May 14, 1948, Project RAND—an organization formed immediately after World War II to connect military planning with research and development decisions—separated from the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, California, and became an independent, nonprofit organization. Adopting its name from a contraction of the term research and development, the newly formed entity was dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational, and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States.

World War II revealed the importance of technology research and development for success on the battlefield. It also drew attention to the wide range of scientists and academics outside the military who made such development possible.

As the war drew to a close, it became clear that complete and permanent peace might not be assured. Forward-looking individuals in the War Department, the Office of Scientific Research and Development, and industry thus began to discuss the need for a private organization to connect military planning with research and development decisions.

BLOG Author NOTE: I do believe in an intelligent design, I call it God. It is not God for just one religion or one people. God is everything, not only a man. People call God – “Him, He”, although of course we know that God is much more than a man, God is the universe and also the atom. God definitely has intelligence design, this design cannot be understood by humans, it must be accepted by humans and then the human becomes one with God. All life is God, the choice of a human to kill requires breaking the covenant that Jesus shed his blood for, at least that is what the Bible says, or that is what I interpret to mean. My opinion as it pertains to the Bible is just as relevant as any other living human. No one dictates God to another, they have no idea what God thinks, no more than me or you. I also completely believe in real, true science. God is in sync with science, or it is merely humans that only want to portray the will of God on others.

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