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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But limiting discussion of evolution and removing references to its factual nature accomplishes some of the goals of the people who have promoted intelligent design. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted," 23 May 2018 Alleged bias and political intent in school textbooks has been debated in a number of countries, including the United States, where mentions of evolution or intelligent design or the causes of the Civil War have caused controversy. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "India’s new textbooks are promoting the prime minister’s favorite policies, critics allege," 1 June 2018 Miller may be best known as the plaintiffs’ expert witness in the landmark 2004 Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in which a group of parents sued the Dover, PA:, public school district for requiring the teaching of intelligent design. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "Kenneth Miller finds good news in evolution," 22 Apr. 2018 The realest of them is probably Pastafarianism—the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which started as a satirical protest against teaching intelligent design in schools, then became a meme and acquired thousands of followers. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Witches, Frog-Gods, and the Deepening Schism of Internet Religions," 3 Apr. 2018 Henderson objected to the Kansas State Board of Education's proposal to teach intelligent design in public schools. Taylor Wofford, Newsweek, "Flying Spaghetti Monster Not Divine, Says Court," 13 Apr. 2016 The origins of Hinge, a popular podcast about faith, doubt and the mystery of Jesus, go back to October 2015, when Drew Sokol, a pastor living in Los Angeles, heard an argument about intelligent design on a Christian radio show called Unbelievable. Astrid Rodrigues,, "The story of Hinge, Philly-based podcast by an atheist and a pastor," 26 Feb. 2018 The maker says its intelligent design was developed after thousands of experiments. CNN Underscored, "Add variety to your cooking lineup with this multiuse cooker," 1 Nov. 2017 Check out Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer, which won Allure Best of Beauty and Reader’s Choice awards this year for its incredible speed, strength, and intelligent design. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What This Week's Horoscope Means for You," 25 Sep. 2017

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