From Thermodynamics to Biology: A Critical Approach to ‘Intelligent Design’ Hypothesis

Author: Hortolà, Policarp
Journal: Social Evolution & History. Volume 19, Number 2 / September 2020


When scientific method is not scrupulously followed, we move from objective to subjective knowledge. An example is provided by theistic cosmogonies, such as, the so-called theory (hypothesis, in reality) of ‘intelligent design’ (ID). It claims adequacy with all of the criteria defining scientific theory, thus placing it on an equal footing with evolutionism. Its motto can be summarised as ‘evolution – yes, but by divine design, not by natural selection.’ In this paper, the author expounds some of the thermodynamic and biological arguments implying that ID is an intrinsically religious notion that does not meet any scientific requirements and that simply represents another attempt to make cynical use of science in favour of unscientific postulates.

Keywords: scientific method, Darwinism, antievolutionism, neocreationism, cosmic history.

Policarp Hortolà, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) more