intelligent design


Definition of intelligent design

: the theory that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by a designing intelligence

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Recent Examples on the Web This was proof of intelligent design and divine presence. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 1 Jan. 2022 Teachers and administrators warn of a chilling effect, but there's little reason to think statutory mandates about discussions of race will be more effective than requirements that biology instructors give equal time to intelligent design. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 14 July 2021 The slugs’ felonious feat, known as kleptoplasty, is so remarkable that it’s been held up by creationists as proof of intelligent design. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Caroline Heinem Spalding's chief advancement officer, said the center can even incorporate studies outside health like intelligent design to create a a full interprofessional education. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 22 July 2021 This bill will allow biblical creationism or intelligent design to be taught as a scientific theory in Arkansas classrooms. Arkansas Online, 25 Apr. 2021 Another committee member, Rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, said intelligent design isn't necessarily just a matter of faith. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 7 Apr. 2021 The inconvenient truth about both of these explanations of the fine-tuning problem—intelligent design, on the one hand, and the existence of a multiverse, on the other—is that neither can be proved. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2021 The seats offer similar evidence of intelligent design. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of intelligent design

1990, in the meaning defined above

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“Intelligent design.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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