STEPHEN MEYER INVESTIGATES SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN
TAUGHT BY STEPHEN C. MEYER
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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Course OutlineFREE PREVIEW
Lecture 1: Introduction to CourseFREE PREVIEW
Lecture 2: Darwin’s Challenge to Intelligent Design
Lecture 3: Theories of the Origin of Life in the Nineteenth Century
Lecture 4: Oparin’s Theory of the Origin of Life
Lecture 5: The Amazing Complexity of Proteins
Lecture 6: The Role of DNA
Lecture 7: The DNA Enigma
Lecture 8: What Kind of Information Does DNA Contain?
Lecture 9: Explanations for the Origin of Life—Chance
Lecture 10: Explanations for the Origin of Life—Self-Organization
Lecture 11: Explanations for the Origin of Life—Pre-Biotic Natural Selection
Lecture 12: Introduction to Intelligent Design
Lecture 13: Objections to Intelligent Design—Is Intelligent Design Science?
Lecture 14: Objections to Intelligent Design—Argument from Ignorance?
Lecture 15: Objections to Intelligent Design—RNA World, pt. 1
Lecture 16: Objections to Intelligent Design—RNA World, pt. 2
Lecture 17: Objections to Intelligent Design—RNA World, pt. 3
Lecture 18: Objections to Intelligent Design—Junk DNA
Lecture 19: Another Information Problem in the History of Life
Lecture 20: The Cambrian Explosion
Lecture 21: The Mystery of the Missing Fossils—The Burgess Shale
Lecture 22: The Mystery of the Missing Fossils—The Chenjiang Fauna
Lecture 23: What Does It Take to Build an Animal?
Lecture 24: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Combinatorial Searches, pt. 1
Lecture 25: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Combinatorial Searches, pt. 2
Lecture 26: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Developmental Mutations and Gene Regulatory Networks
Lecture 27: Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Mechanism—Information beyond DNA
Lecture 28: The Positive Case for Intelligent Design, pt. 1
Lecture 29: The Positive Case for Intelligent Design, pt. 2
Lecture 30: The Positive Case for Intelligent Design, pt. 3
Lecture 31: Responding to Critics—Charles Marshall
Lecture 32: Responding to Critics—Dennis Venema and Deborah Haarsma
Lecture 33: Responding to Critics—Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins
Lecture 34: Who Is the Designer?
Lecture 35: One Man’s Journey
Lecture 36: What Is Fine-Tuning?
Lecture 37: How Do We Recognize Design?
Lecture 38: Weak Anthropic Principle and Natural Law
Lecture 39: The Multiverse, pt. 1
Lecture 40: The Multiverse, pt. 2
Lecture 41: The Multiverse, pt. 3
Lecture 42: Who Is the Designer—Final Thoughts