'The illusion of purpose is so powerful', writes Richard Dawkins, 'that biologists themselves use the assumption of good design as a working tool'. As an ardent proponent of Darwinian evolution, Dawkins imagines that all design in biology is merely an illusion. In ""The Design of Life"", William Dembski and Jonathan Wells present a compelling scientific case for the intelligent design of biological systems. They convincingly show that the reason biologists use the assumption of design with success is because design is not an illusion but obviously real. Intelligent Design (ID), as the study of patterns in nature best explained by intelligence, is already accepted in many special sciences. Archeology, forensics, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) all belong to ID in this broad sense. These sciences, however, are uncontroversial because they assume an 'evolved' intelligence. In biology, by contrast, intelligent design is highly controversial, as it cannot be the product of purely material evolutionary processes. Thus, to convinced materialists like Richard Dawkins, ""The Design of Life"" is a challenge to reexamine one of the most fundamental dogmas of Darwinian orthodoxy. Written for the general reader and making the most powerful and comprehensive case to date for intelligent design, ""The Design of Life"" is the one book that the promoters of unintelligent evolution do not want you to read.
William A. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the first book on intelligent design to be published by a major university press, The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He has seven earned degrees, including two doctorates, one in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the other in mathematics from University of Chicago. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and he has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts, including ABC's Nightline and Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Jonathan Wells is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hayward. He is the author of numerous articles and several books including, Icons of Evolution, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.