Course Description

Join philosopher of science Stephen Meyer as he investigates the scientific evidence for intelligent design in the origin of life, the development of biological complexity, and physics and cosmology. In 42 short video lectures, Meyer explores the scientific basis for the theory of intelligent design—the idea that key features of life and the universe are best explained as the product of an intelligent cause rather than an unguided process. In this course, Meyer will guide you through the major concepts and information presented in his pathbreaking books Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, as well as previewing some of the material about physics and cosmology in his book The Return of the God Hypothesis. Each video lecture is accompanied by a short quiz, and a special digital certificate of completion is offered for those who finish the course.

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Instructor

Stephen Meyer

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

Stephen C. Meyer received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute in Seattle. He is author of the New York Timesbestseller Darwin’s Doubt (2013) as well as the book Signature in the Cell (2009) and The Return of the God Hypothesis (forthcoming in 2021). In 2004, Meyer ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed scientific article advancing intelligent design. Meyer has been featured on national television and radio programs, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CBS's Sunday Morning, NBC's Nightly News, ABC's World News, Good Morning America, Nightline, FOX News Live, and the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. He has also been featured in two New York Times front-page stories and has garnered attention in other top-national media.

Curriculum

  • 1

    Unit 1: Evidence of Intelligent Design in the Origin of Life

    • Course Outline

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    • Lecture 1: Introduction to Course

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    • Quiz1

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    • Lecture 2: Darwin’s Challenge to Intelligent Design

    • Quiz 2

    • Lecture 3: Theories of the Origin of Life in the Nineteenth Century

    • Quiz3

    • Lecture 4: Oparin’s Theory of the Origin of Life

    • Quiz 4

    • Lecture 5: The Amazing Complexity of Proteins

    • Quiz 5

    • Lecture 6: The Role of DNA

    • Quiz 6

    • Lecture 7: The DNA Enigma

    • Quiz 7

    • Lecture 8: What Kind of Information Does DNA Contain?

    • Quiz 8

    • Lecture 9: Explanations for the Origin of Life—Chance

    • Quiz 9

    • Lecture 10: Explanations for the Origin of Life—Self-Organization

    • Quiz 10

    • Lecture 11: Explanations for the Origin of Life—Pre-Biotic Natural Selection

    • Quiz 11

    • Lecture 12: Introduction to Intelligent Design

    • Quiz 12

    • Lecture 13: Objections to Intelligent Design—Is Intelligent Design Science?

    • Quiz 13

    • Lecture 14: Objections to Intelligent Design—Argument from Ignorance?

    • Quiz 14

    • Lecture 15: Objections to Intelligent Design—RNA World, pt. 1

    • Quiz 15

    • Lecture 16: Objections to Intelligent Design—RNA World, pt. 2

    • Quiz 16

    • Lecture 17: Objections to Intelligent Design—RNA World, pt. 3

    • Quiz 17

    • Lecture 18: Objections to Intelligent Design—Junk DNA

    • Quiz 18

  • 2

    Unit 2: Evidence of Intelligent Design in the Development of Life

    • Lecture 19: Another Information Problem in the History of Life

    • Quiz 19

    • Lecture 20: The Cambrian Explosion

    • Quiz 20

    • Lecture 21: The Mystery of the Missing Fossils—The Burgess Shale

    • Quiz 21

    • Lecture 22: The Mystery of the Missing Fossils—The Chenjiang Fauna

    • Quiz 22

    • Lecture 23: What Does It Take to Build an Animal?

    • Quiz 23

    • Lecture 24: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Combinatorial Searches, pt. 1

    • Quiz 24

    • Lecture 25: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Combinatorial Searches, pt. 2

    • Quiz 25

    • Lecture 26: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Developmental Mutations and Gene Regulatory Networks

    • Quiz 26

    • Lecture 27: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Information beyond DNA

    • Quiz 27

    • Lecture 28: The Positive Case for Intelligent Design, pt. 1

    • Quiz 28

    • Lecture 29: The Positive Case for Intelligent Design, pt. 2

    • Quiz 29

    • Lecture 30: The Positive Case for Intelligent Design, pt. 3

    • Quiz 30

    • Lecture 31: Responding to Critics—Charles Marshall

    • Quiz 31

    • Lecture 32: Responding to Critics—Dennis Venema and Deborah Haarsma

    • Quiz 32

    • Lecture 33: Responding to Critics—Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins

    • Quiz 33

    • Lecture 34: Who Is the Designer?

    • Quiz 34

  • 3

    Unit 3: Evidence of Intelligent Design in Physics and Cosmology

    • Lecture 35: One Man’s Journey

    • Quiz 35

    • Lecture 36: What Is Fine-Tuning?

    • Quiz 36

    • Lecture 37: How Do We Recognize Design?

    • Quiz 37

    • Lecture 38: Weak Anthropic Principle and Natural Law

    • Quiz 38

    • Lecture 39: The Multiverse, pt. 1

    • Quiz 39

    • Lecture 40: The Multiverse, pt. 2

    • Quiz 40

    • Lecture 41: The Multiverse, pt. 3

    • Quiz 41

    • Lecture 42: Who Is the Designer—Final Thoughts

    • Quiz 42