Writings of William A. Dembski

Rational Justification as Detailed Articulation: A Reply to Barham and Nagel — continuing dialogue over earlier book review by Dembski of Thomas Nagel’s Mind & Cosmos.
Time and Information in Evolution (co-authored with Winston Ewert, Ann K. Gauger, and Robert J. Marks II), Bio-Complexity 4(2012): 1-7.
• Defecting from Darwinian Naturalism — book review at Evolution News and Views of Thomas Nagel’s Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.
William Dembski interview — extensive interview conducted by James Barham for TheBestSchools.org.
Conservation of Information Made Simple — elucidation of conservation of information presented at Evolution News and Views.
Dennett on Competence without Comprehension — critique of Daniel Dennett’s views on evolution and cognitive science at Evolution News and Views.
Design Inference vs. Design Hypothesis — clarification of the logical structure of design-theoretic reasoning in the natural sciences, posted at Evolution News and Views.
• Does the Bible Conflict with Science? — forthcoming article in Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder, eds., In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture (Nashville: BH Publishing Group, 2013).
An Information-Theoretic Proof of God’s Existence, talk delivered at the Portsmouth Institute, 23 June 2012, at Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
• Exchange at Evolution News and Views with James Shapiro regarding his book Evolution: A View from the 21st Century. Is James Shapiro a Design Theorist? by William A. Dembski; Reply by James Shapiro; further reply, titled Is James Shapiro a Darwinist After All? by William A. Dembski.
Borderline Heretic: James Shapiro and His 21st Century View of Evolution, book review of Shapiro’s  Evolution: A View from the 21st Century, which appeared in the Christian Research Journal 35(1), 2012.
• Is Darwinism Theologically Neutral? posted at Biologos 20 April 2012 (go here).
Climbing the Steiner Tree–Sources of Active Information in a Genetic Algorithm for Solving the Euclidean Steiner Tree Problem (co-authored with Winston Ewert and Robert J. Marks II), BIO-Complexity 2012(1):1-14.

• Isaac Newton’s Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, chapter in John Mark Reynolds, ed., The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization (Ada, Mich.: Bethany House Publishing), 2011.
• How to Debate an Atheist — If You Must, commencement talk, given 7 May 2011, at Southern Evangelical Seminary.
• Old Earth Creationism and the FallChristian Research Journal, volume 34, number 4(2011).
The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science (co-edited with Bruce Gordon, conference retrospective on the Nature of Nature conference at Baylor, 12–15 April 2000). Wilmington, Del.: ISI Books, published February 2011.
Life’s Conservation Law: Why Darwinian Evolution Cannot Create Biological Information (co-authored with Robert J. Marks II). Chapter in Bruce L. Gordon and William A. Dembski, eds., The Nature of Nature, 360-399.
• BioLogos and Theistic Evolution: Selling the Product, critical review of Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins, The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2011). Review originally appeared at www.patheos.com.

• Does a Good God Exist? — prepared text of debate with Christopher Hitchens at Prestonwood Church, Plano, TX, 18 November 2010.
• Evidence for Design and the Difference It Makes, short contribution to Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow, Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2010).
• Saving Our Freedoms from Darwin, short piece that appeared on Robert J. Ringer’s blog A Voice of Sanity: In Support of Laissez-Faire Capitalism and Individual Freedom.
Why Theistic Evolution Does Nothing to Mitigate the Problem of Evil, chapter in Jay Wesley Richards, ed., God and Evolution (Seattle: Discovery Institute Press, 2010).
• A Vivisection of the ev Computer Organism: Identifying Sources of Active Information (co-authored with Winston Ewert, George Montañez, Robert J. Marks II), BIO-Complexity 2010(3):1-6.
• The Search for a Search: Measuring the Information Cost of Higher Level Search (co-authored with Robert J. Marks II), Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics, Vol.14, No.5, 2010, pp.475-486.
• Efficient Per Query Information Extraction from a Hamming Oracle (co-authored with Winston Ewert, George Montañez, Robert J. Marks II), Proceedings of the the 42nd Meeting of the Southeastern Symposium on System Theory, IEEE, University of Texas at Tyler, March 7-9, 2010, pp.290-297.
Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science (co-edited with Michael Licona). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2010.
• “Evolution, Theistic Evolution, and Intelligent Design,” in Christian Worldview Journal, published by the Colson Center, 1 March 2010 (originally published here).
• Stephen Barr’s Unreasonable Reasonableness, posted at UncommonDescent.com 10 February 2010.
• Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy (co-authored with Jonathan Witt). Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2010.

• The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World. Introductory material to this book, published November 2009. For the Amazon.com listing of this book, go here. For endorsements of this book, go here.
• Getting over Our Love of Darwin, Baptist Press, 24 November 2009.
• Bernoulli’s Principle of Insufficient Reason and Conservation of Information in Computer Search (co-authored with Robert J. Marks II), Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Antonio, Texas (October 2009): 2647–2652.
• Evolutionary Synthesis of Nand Logic: Dissecting a Digital Organism (co-authored with Winston Ewert and Robert J. Marks II), Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Antonio, Texas (October 2009): 3047–3053. (Deconstruction of the Avida program.)
• Conservation of Information in Search: Measuring the Cost of Success (co-authored with Robert J. Marks II) IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics A, Systems & Humans, 5(5) (September 2009): 1051–1061.
• Life’s Conservation Law: Why Darwinian Evolution Cannot Create Biological Information, by William A. Dembski and Robert J. Marks II, forthcoming chapter in Bruce L. Gordon and William A. Dembski, eds., The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science (Wilmington, Del.: ISI Books, 2009).
• Tough-Minded Christianity: The Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery (coedited with Thomas Schirrmacher; Festschrift for JWM; foreword by Paige Patterson). Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman & Holman, 2009.

• God’s Use of ChancePerspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60(4) (2008): 248–250. Review of David Bartholomew’s God, Chance and Purpose: Can God Have It Both Ways? (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
• How to Be an Intellectually Fulfilled Atheist (Or Not). A short critique of origin-of-life studies drawn from chapter 8 of The Design of Life, coauthored by William Dembski and Jonathan Wells.
• The Patristic Understanding of Creation: An Anthology of Writings from the Church Fathers on Creation and Design. The title is self-explanatory. This work is coedited by William Dembski, Wayne Downs, and Fr. Justin Frederick.
• Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language. A userfriendly introduction to ID for Christian young people coauthored by William Dembski and Sean McDowell, with a foreword by Josh McDowell.
• The Rise and Fall of Baylor University’s Michael Polanyi Center. With the encouragement of then President Robert Sloan, I founded the Michael Polanyi Center at Baylor University in the fall of 1999 as a think-tank for design theoretic research. In the fall of 2000, under pressure from Darwinists, the university shut the center down. Here is that history. The Michael Polanyi Center was the first ID research center at a major university.

• The Design of Life. [posted 6dec07] The definitive book on intelligent design coauthored by William Dembski and Jonathan Wells.
• Ayala’s Potemkin Village. [posted 26sep07] Review of Francisco Ayala’s Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion, to appear in Science & Theology.
• The Jesus Tomb Math. [posted 15jul07] Paper co-authored with Robert J. Marks II for the forthcoming anthology titled Buried Hopes or Risen Savior: The Search for Jesus’ Tomb, edited by Charles Quarles (B&H Publishing Group). For the supporting math go towww.jesustombmath.org.

• Darwin’s Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement. Festschrift in honor of the great man, with a foreword by Senator Rick Santorum.
• The Reach of the Cross. [posted 19Oct06] Chapel message delivered at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on October 19, 2006.
• Preface to Paperback Edition of No Free Lunch. [posted 26Jun06] Five year after its publication, my book No Free Lunch is coming out in paperback. Here is the new preface I was asked to write for it.
• Evolution as Alchemy. [posted 23Jun06] An essay on how prior metaphysical commitments account for the scientific community’s overweening confidence in evolutionary theorizing. For the html version, go here.
• Christian Theodicy in Light of Genesis and Modern Science[originally posted 20Apr06; expanded version (2.0) posted 12May06] An essay that, by employing Newcomb’s paradox, traces natural evil to human sin in a world where natural evil nonetheless predates humans. This essay has since been expanded into a full-length book titled The End of Christianity. The link here is to the introductory material in that book. 
• The Conservation of Information: Measuring the Cost of Successful Search. [posted 4May06] Contribution to ongoing project on the mathematical foundations of intelligent design.

• Hume, Reid, and Signs of Intelligence. [posted 29Nov05] Chapter 32 of The Design Revolution. This chapter shows why design inferences depend fundamentally on recognizing signs of intelligence and thus follow irrespectively of prior knowledge of the designer’s characteristics or intentions.
• The Vise Strategy: Squeezing the Truth out of Darwinists. [posted 8Nov05; written 11May05] Document prepared to assist the Thomas More Law Center in interrogating the ACLU’s expert witnesses in the Dover case.
• Fitness among Competitive Agents. [posted 28Oct05] A note on some work by David Fogel and David Wolpert in which they claim to find “free lunches” in competitive environments.
• Dover Expert Witness Report. [posted 30Sep05; completed 29Mar05] William Dembski’s expert witness report for the Dover ID case (the trial of which began 26Sep05).
• Dover Expert Witness Rebuttal. [posted 30Sep05; completed 14May05] William Dembski’s rebuttal of the reports by expert witnesses on the other side of the Dover ID case, specifically, Barbara Forrest, Robert Pennock, John Haught, Kevin Padian, and Kenneth Miller.
• A Primer on Probability for Design Inferences. [28Sep05] The bare bones of what is needed to understand the probability behind Fisherian and Bayesian design inferences.
• Design by Elimination vs. Design by Comparison. [28Sep05] Chapter 33 of The Design Revolution. This chapter demonstrates the inadequacy of a purely Bayesian/likelihood approach to drawing design inferences.
• Technological Evolution Prize Competition — ANNOUNCEMENT. [19Sep05] What is the evidence for the power of trial-and-error tinkering to bring about innovations in technological evolution?
• Open Letter to George Will. [25Aug05] Response to George Will’s criticisms of ID.
• Why President Bush Got It Right about Intelligent Design. [4Aug05] Brief commentary on President Bush’s recent remarks about the teaching of intelligent design.
• Jeffrey Shallit I and Jeffrey Shallit II. [8Jul05] My end of a sharp exchange with Jeff Shallit. Jeff was a teacher of mine at the University of Chicago in the 1980s. I took away some useful insights from his course on computational number theory. I’ve valued him as a critic even though my public denunications of him have been a bit over the top. Perhaps some day we will be able to put our differences on the table dispassionately.
• In Defense of Intelligent Design. [30Jun05] Contribution to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, edited by Philip Clayton.
• Specification: The Pattern That Signifies Intelligence. [23Jun05] Latest installment in the Mathematical Foundations of Intelligent Design.
• Allen Orr in the New Yorker — A Response. [28May05] William Dembski’s response to Allen Orr’s widely cited New Yorker attack against intelligent design.
• Denis Alexander on ID. [19May05] A brief response to Alexander’s review of The Design Revolution.
• The Vise Strategy I and The Vise Strategy II. [11May05] What’s after “the wedge.”
• Why Joe Schmoe Doesn’t Buy Evolution. [21Apr05] A beautiful example of why a reflective layperson, when confronted with the inflated claims of evolutionists, is unlikely to be persuaded.
• Laughlin on Evolution by Natural Selection. [16Apr05] Short note with some interesting links relating to Robert Laughlin’s views on evolution.
• Intelligent Design: Yesterday’s Orthodoxy, Today’s Heresy. [3Apr05] Transcription of a talk given at Grace Valley Community Center in Davis, California on 17 January 2004.
• The Truth about How I Got into ID. [1Apr05] A bit of April fools merriment
• Open Letter to Robert Holub. [31Mar05] Response to Holub, a dean at UCal Berkeley, who had written that ID is “a blight on our intellectual landscape.”
• Searching Large Spaces: Displacement and the No Free Lunch Regress. [3Mar05] Third installment in the Mathematical Foundations of Intelligent Design. The two previous installments were stage setting. This one moves the ball forward.
• Intelligent Design’s Contribution to the Debate over Evolution: A Reply to Henry Morris. [1Feb05] A reply to Henry Morris’s critique of ID in his review of The Design Revolution. This review, titled “The Design Revelation,” appeared in Back to Genesis (no. 194, February 2005).

• Uniform Probability. [10Dec04] Second installment in a set of seven planned technical articles under the rubric Mathematical Foundations of Intelligent Design. This is a slightly updated and revised version of an article that appeared in the Journal of Theoretical Probability in 1990.
• Conway Morris’s Solution [9Dec04] Review that appeared in Books & Culture of Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe (Cambridge, 2003).
• Unintelligent Evolution. [9Dec04] Talk presented at the Society of Christian Philosophers subsection at the American Academy of Religion meeting, with Sahotra Sarkar as respondent, San Antonio, 22 November 2004.
• Information as a Measure of Variation. [v. 3.0, posted 12Aug04; v. 2.0, posted 23July04; originally posted 7July04] First installment in a set of seven planned technical articles under the rubric Mathematical Foundations of Intelligent Design.
• Reflections on Human Origins. [version 2.0, posted 4Aug04; originally posted 21June04] Section from a forthcoming book.
• The Gift of Purpose. [31May04] Short reflection on the nature of purpose.
• Dealing with the Backlash against Intelligent Design. [14Apr04] Dr. Dembski’s contribution to the forthcoming Phillip Johnson Festschrift Volume, edited by William Dembski.
• Five Questions Evolutionists Would Rather Dodge. [14Apr04] A popular piece commissioned by Citizen Magazine.
• Darwin’s Meltdown. [3Apr04] World Magazine commissioned William Dembski to enlist several proponents of intelligent design to speculate about the state of Darwinism at the 100th anniversary of the Scopes trial in 2025. Phillip Johnson, Jonathan Wells, Jeffrey Schwartz, and William Dembski each wrote articles.
• Society for the Advancement of Real Science Denounces Intelligent Design. [26Feb04] Denunciations of Intelligent Design by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (see here), the American Institute of Physics (see here and here), and the Society for Neuroscience (see here) have been far too tame. Finally, the Society for the Advancement of Real Science has released a denunciation worthy of the menace that is Intelligent Design. [Unfortunately, because reality is nearly as extreme as this parody, many readers initially think that this “press release” is genuine.]
• Irreducible Complexity Revisited. [14Jan04] Update on where the debate over irreducible complexity is eight years after the publication of Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box.
• Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher about Design. [14Jan04]

• The Chance of the Gaps, chapter contribution to Neil Manson, ed., God and Design (London: Routledge, 2003).
• Response to Paul Gross. [1Dec03] Paul Gross’s September 2003 criticism of intelligent design in the National Association of Scholar’s Science Insights (see here) garnered numerous responses from both friends and foes of intelligent design in the November issue ofScience Insights (see here). The friends of intelligent design who responded to Gross included David Berlinski, Phillip Johnson, Jonathan Wells, Michael Behe, John West (on behalf of Discovery Institute), Robert Koons, Roland Hirsch, and William Dembski. The latter’s response is included here.
• Biology in the Subjunctive Mood: A Response to Nicholas Matzke. [11Nov03] A response to Nicholas Matzke’s article posted on the Talk Reason website titled “Evolution in (Brownian) Space: A Model for the Origin of the Bacterial Flagellum.”
• Gauging Intelligent Design’s Success. [11Nov03] Talk presented at the Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford, October 30, 2003.
• Response to Eugenie Scott’s Letter to Texas Board of Education. [10Oct03] In her letter of September 30, 2003 to the Texas Board of Education, Eugenie Scott claimed that intelligent design research is not properly peer-reviewed and singled out William Dembski’s monograph The Design Inference as a case in point. William Dembski’s letter of October 10, 2003 to the Texas Board of Education refutes her charges.
An Information-Theoretic Design Argument, in Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland, To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2003), chapter contribution.
• Transcendence. [6Oct03] Article entry for IVP’s forthcoming New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics.
• Endorsements for The Design Revolution. [27Sep03] The endorsements for William Dembski’s forthcoming book with InterVarsity as they will be appearing on the book cover and the first few pages.
• Infinite Universe or Intelligent Design? [27Sep03] Paper delivered at 2003 Accelerating Change Conference at Stanford University, 13 September 2003, http://www.accelerating.org/acc2003/schedule.htm.
• Paul Gross’s Dilemma. [22Sep03] An open letter to the National Association of Scholars in response to Paul Gross’s article on intelligent design in the NAS’s September 2003 issue of Science Insights, http://www.nas.org/publications/sci_newslist/7_4/sci_insght74.pdf.
• Testimony of William Dembski before Texas State Board of Education. [10Sep03] Point at issue was the accuracy of high school biology textbooks in presenting evolutionary theory. Testimonies were strictly limited to three minutes.
• ID FAQ presented by William Dembski to Texas State Board of Education. [10Sep03] Three frequently asked questions: (1) What is ID? (2) Is it peer reviewed? (3) What is its research program?
• Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing. [revised 4Sep03; originally posted 22July03] Table of contents, introduction, and list of contributors to edited collection by William Dembski, due out with Intercollegiate Studies Institute early spring 2004. Revised in light of Andrea Bottaro’s response at www.talkdesign.org.
• The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design. [30Aug03] Table of contents, preface, and acknowledgments to book by William Dembski, due out with InterVarsity Press January 2004. Includes foreword by Charles Colson and endorsement by Senator Rick Santorum.
• Intelligent Design. [28Aug03] Entry to Lindsay Jones’s Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition, forthcoming with Macmillan.
• Does the Design Argument Show There Is a God? [28Aug03] Entry to Ted Cabal’s Apologetics Study Bible, forthcoming with Broadman & Holman.
• “Algorithm,” “Algorithmic Complexity,” “Boundary Conditions,” “Dissipative Structures,” and “Teleological Argument.” [28Aug03] Five entries in the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, edited by Wentzel van Huyssteen, published spring 2003.
• Making the Task of Theodicy Impossible? Intelligent Design and the Problem of Evil. [4Apr03] Paper delivered under the auspices of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, 1 April 2003.
• Challenging Materialism’s “Chokehold” on Neuroscience. [27Feb03] Book review for First Things of The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force, by Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley. HarperCollins. 432 pp. Book available for purchase online here.
• Letter in response to “The Virtue of Hate” by Meir Soloveichik. [27Feb03] Soloveichik’s article appeared in the February 2003 issue of First Things and is available here.
• Still Spinning Just Fine: A Response to Ken Miller. [17Feb03] William Dembski responds to Kenneth Miller’s article “The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of ‘Irreducible Complexity’.” This article, which will be appearing in a collection that William Dembski is editing with Michael Ruse, is available on the web here.

• Evolution’s Logic of Credulity: An Unfettered Response to Allen Orr. The Boston Review gave William Dembski 1000 words to respond to Allen Orr’s 6000-word book review of No Free Lunch (for Dembski’s 1000-word response see “Sheer vs. Real Possibilities” below). A fuller response to Orr’s review was required. Here it is.
• Becoming a Disciplined Science: Prospects, Pitfalls, and Reality Check for ID. Keynote address delivered at RAPID Conference (Research and Progress in Intelligent Design), Biola University, La Mirada, California, 25 October 2002.
• Elliott Sober’s Independent Evidence Requirement for Design. A brief reply to Elliott Sober’s main line of attack against the legitimacy of design within biology. Dr. Dembski plans to extend this reply.
• The Logical Underpinnings of Intelligent Design. Dr. Dembski’s contribution to Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (Cambridge University Press, to appear 2003, co-edited with Michael Ruse).
• Evolutionary Logic. This bit of frivolity adapts and extends Paul Dunmore’s “The Uses of Fallacy,” New Zealand Mathematics Magazine, vol. 7, 1970.
• Naturalism’s Argument from Invincible Ignorance: A Response to Howard Van Till. Howard Van Till’s review of Dr. Dembski’s book No Free Lunch is available at the AAAS Evolution Resources page — http://www.aaas.org/spp/dser/evolution/perspectives/default.htm. The actual review is available as a pdf file at http://www.aaas.org/spp/dser/evolution/perspectives/vantillecoli.pdf. Dr. Dembski responds to Van Till’s review here.
• If Only Darwinists Scrutinized Their Own Work as Closely: A Response to “Erik”. An Internet persona and critic of intelligent design known as “Erik” reviewed those aspects of Dr. Dembski’s book No Free Lunch dealing with the Law of Conservation of Information and specificational resources. Erik’s review is titled “On Dembski’s Law of Conservation of Information” and is available at http://www.talkreason.org/articles/dembski_LCI.pdf. Dr. Dembski responds to the review here.
• Sheer vs. Real Possibilities: A Response to Allen Orr. Allen Orr reviewed Dr. Dembski’s book No Free Lunch in the Summer 2002 issue of the Boston Review. Orr’s review is available at http://bostonreview.mit.edu/BR27.3/orr.html. The response below is at the request of the Boston Review and will be appearing in a subsequent issue. Dembski was limited to 1000 words by the Boston Review and plans a more extensive response to Orr in the future.
• Addicted to Caricatures: A Response to Brian Charlesworth. The journal Nature had Brian Charlesworth review Dr. Dembski’s book No Free Lunch in its 11 July 2002 issue. The article is available at http://www.nature.com to subscribers for free and to nonsubscribers for a fee.
• Then and Only Then: A Response to Mike Gene. Mike Gene is the pseudonym of a biologist known and respected for his work on intelligent design. Dr. Dembski disagrees with him sharply, however, over his views whether intelligent design may at this time properly be taught in the public school science curriculum (for his views see here and here). The addendum to Dr. Dembski’s response is by Jonathan Wells.
• Random Predicate Logic I: A Probabilistic Approach to Vagueness. Regarding this paper, Dr. Dembski writes: “This is an old paper, written twelve years ago, that’s been in cold storage ever since. I had always intended to get back to it and apply the formalism it develops, but other projects kept getting in the way. I finally decided to clean it up and get it into circulation, not only because it provides a more powerful and ultimately, I believe, more fruitful formalism than fuzzy logic, but also because I am eager to apply it to confirmation theory, logical paradoxes, and, most importantly from my view, to design-theoretic concepts. I want in particular to treat predicates that attribute complexity, specified complexity, and design as random predicates and see what fruit this reformulation will bear. Since Bart Kosko has shown that fuzzy logic cannot be subsumed under Bayesian techniques, and since fuzzy logic is strictly subsumable under random predicate logic, I intend, as it were, to transcend Bayesian techniques by moving to a completely different formalism. All of this, of course, constitutes a promissory note and will have to await ‘Random Predicate Logic II: Applications and Interpretations’. The present paper merely lays out the basic formalism.”
• Commentary by William Dembski on Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch’s “Guest Viewpoint: ‘Intelligent design’ Not Accepted by Most Scientists” — their article appeared July 2nd on the website of the National School Boards Association .
• The Primacy of the First Person: Reply to Ray Kurzweil. Reply to Ray Kurzweil’s criticism of Dr. Dembski’s essay “Kurzweil’s Impoverished Spirituality” in the book Are We Spiritual Machines?, edited by Jay Richards and available online here. This reply was made in the context of an ISCID reading discussion on that book organized by Micah Sparacio (see http://www.iscid.org/arewespiritualmachines.php).
• Skepticism’s Prospects for Unseating Intelligent Design. Talk delivered at CSICOP’s Fourth World Skeptics Conference in Burbank, California, 21 June 2002, at a discussion titled “Evolution and Intelligent Design.” The participants included ID proponents William Dembski and Paul Nelson as well as evolutionists Wesley Elsberry and Kenneth Miller. Massimo Pigliucci moderated the discussion.
• The Fantasy Life of Richard Wein. A further response to Richard Wein.
• Obsessively Criticized but Scarcely Refuted: A Response to Richard Wein. A response to Richard Wein’s overly long and ill-conceived review of No Free Lunch. Wein expended 37,000 words in his initial response and from comments on talk.origins apparently plans to expand it still further.
• Asking the Tough Questions. A brief response to an exchange between Michael Ruse and Jonathan Wells to appear in Research News in Science and Religion.
• If Not Natural Selection? A review of Steven Orzack and Elliott Sober’s Adaptationism and Optimality (CUP, 2001) to appear in Books & Culture.
• Does Evolution Even Have a Mechanism? Talk delivered at the American Museum of Natural History, 23 April 2002 at a discussion titled “Evolution or Intelligent Design?” The participants included ID proponents William A. Dembski and Michael J. Behe as well as evolutionists Kenneth R. Miller and Robert T. Pennock. Eugenie C. Scott moderated the discussion.
• Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists. Foreword by William A. Dembski. Available at Amazon.com.
• Darwin’s Predictable Defenders: A Response to Massimo Pigliucci. A response to “Design Yes, Intelligent No: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory and Neocreationism,” by Massimo Pigliucci, Skeptical Inquirer (Sep/Oct 2001): 34-39. To appear in the Christian Research Journal.
• MESA (Monotonic Evolutionary Simulation Algorithm). A Java program by William Dembski, John Bracht, and Micah Sparacio that models evolutionary searches and employs monotonic smooth fitness gradients. Its aim is to determine the degree to which fitness perturbation and variable coupling impede evolutionary searches. The link here is to the ISCID website.
• Response to Walter Thorson. The March 2002 issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith was devoted to an extended article by Walter Thorson titled “Legitimacy and Scope of ‘Naturalism’ in Science.” William Dembski was one of twelve respondents.
• Edward Kennedy — Expert on Science? Statement by William Dembski on the scientific status of intelligent design. Responds to Edward Kennedy’s claim that ID is not properly scientific.
• Not Taking Information Seriously Enough. Review of James E. Huchingson, Pandemonium Tremendum: Chaos and Mystery in the Life of God (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2001). Appeared in Princeton Theological Seminary Bulletin.
• Detecting Design in the Natural Sciences. Article commissioned for POISK (the magazine of the Russian Academy of Science) and currently being translated into Russian.
• Robert Pennock’s Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. William Dembski’s press releases in response to the publication of this book. Integrity is hard won and easily lost. For publishing William Dembski’s work without his knowledge or permission, Robert Pennock and MIT Press compromised their integrity.
• Refuted Yet Again! This article is written in response to Matt Young’s “How to Evolve Specified Complexity by Natural Means.” Both pieces appeared on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net).
• No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. Jacket endorsements for William Dembski’s most important book to date. Available at Barnes & Noble for $28.

• Detecting Design by Eliminating Chance: A Response to Robin Collins, which appeared in the Christian Scholar’s Review 30(3), Spring 2001: 343–357.
• ISCID. William Dembski, John Bracht, and Micah Sparacio together founded the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design in December of 2001.
• What Have Butterflies Got to Do with Darwin? Review of Bernard d’Abrera, The Concise Atlas of Butterflies of the World (London: Hill House, 2001).
• ID as a Theory of Technological Evolution. William Dembski delivered this paper as a lecture at the June 2001 AAAS conference at Haverford College. The conference title was Interpreting Evolution. His lecture was part of a session on intelligent design in which he was paired with Wesley Elsberry (hence the reference to him in the paper). The talk was reprinted on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net).
• The Pragmatic Nature of Mathematical Inquiry. This article appeared in Mathematics in a Postmodern Age (Eerdmans, 2001), edited by Rossell Howell and James Bradley. It’s approach is similar to the experimental approach to mathematics outlined in Gregory Chaitin’s The Limits of Mathematics.
• Is Intelligent Design a Form of Natural Theology? Examines the relation between ID and natural theology. First appeared on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net).
• How Blind Is the Watchmaker. William Dembski’s foreword to Neil Broom’s book. Available at Amazon.com.
• Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design (Amazon.com link). William Dembski’s most accessible book. An expanded version of a Touchstone Magazine special issue on intelligent design.
• Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies (Amazon.com link). Co-edited with Jay Richards.

• Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe (Amazon.com link). Co-authored with Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer.
• Intelligent Design Coming Clean. Explains why intelligent design is a “big tent.” This article first appeared on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net).
• The Evidential Collapse of Darwinism [21Oct00] Amazon.com review of Jonathan Wells’s Icons of Evolution.
• Who’s Got the Magic? A response to Robert Pennock’s false dichotomy that ID forces one to choose between mechanism and magic. This article first appeared on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net). It was reprinted without permission in Robert Pennock’sIntelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics.
• The Limits of Natural Teleology. Review of Robert Wright’s Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny. Appeared in August/September 2000 issue of First Things.
• The Nature of Nature (Conference at Baylor, April 2000). Description and schedule of historic conference. Organized by William Dembski and Bruce Gordon through Baylor’s erstwhile Michael Polanyi Center.
• Disbelieving Darwin–And Feeling No Shame! Why do people resist Darwin’s theory? Because it is deeply flawed or because they feel threatened? This article first appeared on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net).
• Because It Works. That’s Why! Review of The Concept of Probability in Statistical Physics by Y.M. Guttmann (CUP, 1999). This article first appeared in Books & Culture.
• Intelligent Design is not Optimal Design. Response to Francisco Ayala. This article first appeared on Metanexus (http://www.metanexus.net).
• What Can We Reasonably Hope For? Invited contribution on the topic of science and religion to First Things’ Millennium Symposium, January 2000 issue.

• Are We Spiritual Machines? A response to Ray Kurzweil’s Age of Spiritual Machines. This article first appeared in First Things.
• The Last Magic. A review of The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem by Mark Steiner (Harvard University Press, 1999). This review first appeared in Books & Culture.
• Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology. Jacket endorsements for book. Available at Amazon.com.

1998 and before
• The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities. Endorsements for book. Available at Amazon.com.
• Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design. Endorsements for book. Available at Amazon.com.
• Science and Design. Popular piece on design detection. This article first appeared in First Things.
• Act of Creation: Bridging Transcendence and Immanence. Talk presented at Millstatt Forum, Strasbourg, France, 10 August 1998.
• The Intelligent Design Movement. Overview of ID movement as things stood in March of 1998. Appeared in Fred Heeren’s periodical Cosmic Pursuit.
• Simpson (not G. G.) and Gould (not Harold or Elliot). An analysis of the Simpsons episode featuring Stephen Jay Gould.
• Alchemy, NK Boolean Style. A review of At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self Organization and Complexity by Stuart Kauffman (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).
• Randomness by Design. Dr. Dembski’s first significant contribution to intelligent design. This article appeared in the spring of 1991 in the philosophy journal Nous. It has appeared elsewhere on the Internet, but in each case the formatting was garbled and some content was lost. Dr. Dembski has therefore re-typeset the article in TeX and made it available here. Many of the ideas about small probability and specification are in this article in seminal form.
• Uniform Probability. This is a slightly updated and revised version (December 2004) of an article that appeared in the Journal of Theoretical Probability in 1990.

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