Course Description

This self-paced course offers learners the opportunity to dig deeper into The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems, a 300-page college-level classic on intelligent design and evolution by mathematician William Dembski and biologist Jonathan Wells. Enrolling in the course is free, but to complete the course you will need to purchase a copy of the book. For each chapter, you will review the chapter outline, read the chapter, watch supplementary videos, and then complete the chapter quiz.

Important Information:  Upon enrolling in this course, you will have 180 days to complete it. After 180 days, your course access will expire and you will need to re-enroll if you want access to the course.


  • 1

    Chapter 1: Human Origins

    • Review Chapter 1 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 1, "Human Origins."

    • Watch Biologist Jonathan Wells Discuss Human Origins.

    • Watch "Human Uniqueness."

    • Watch "Fire-Maker."

    • Watch "The War on Humans."

    • Complete Chapter 1 Quiz.

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Genetics and Macroevolution

    • Review Chapter 2 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 2, "Genetics and Macroevolution."

    • Complete Chapter 2 Quiz.

  • 3

    Chapter 3: The Fossil Record

    • Review Chapter 3 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 3, "The Fossil Record."

    • Watch Biologist Jonathan Wells Discuss the Evidence for Whale Evolution.

    • Watch "Investigating Evolution: The Cambrian Explosion, Part 1."

    • Watch "Investigating Evolution: The Cambrian Explosion, Part 2."

    • Watch Lecture by Stephen Meyer on the Cambrian Explosion.

    • Complete Chapter 3 Quiz.

  • 4

    Chapter 4: The Origin of Species

    • Review Chapter 4 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 4, "The Origin of Species."

    • Complete Chapter 4 Quiz.

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Similar Features

    • Review Chapter 5 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 5, "Similar Features."

    • Watch "Neo-Darwinism's Homology Problem."

    • Watch Biologist Jonathan Wells Discuss Darwin's Tree of Life.

    • Complete Chapter 5 Quiz.

  • 6

    Chapter 6: Irreducible Complexity

    • Review Chapter 6 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 6, "Irreducible Complexity."

    • Explore Molecular Machines.

    • Explore the Bacterial Flagellum.

    • Explore Irreducible Complexity.

    • Complete Chapter 6 Quiz.

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Specified Complexity

    • Review Chapter 7 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 7, "Specified Complexity."

    • Complete Chapter 7 Quiz.

  • 8

    Chapter 8: The Origin of Life

    • Review Chapter 8 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 8, "The Origin of Life."

    • Watch Stephen Meyer Lecture on the Signature in the Cell.

    • Watch "Unlocking the Mystery of Life."

    • Complete Chapter 8 Quiz.

  • 9

    Chapter 9: Epilogue - The “Inherit the Wind” Stereotype

    • Review Chapter 9 Summary.

    • Read Chapter 9, "Epilogue: The 'Inherit the Wind' Stereotype."

    • Watch Casey Luskin Lecture on Kitzmiller v. Dover Decision.

    • Read "The Truth about Inherit the Wind" by Carol Iannone.

    • Explore the Kitzmiller v. Dover Intelligent Design Case.

    • Complete Chapter 9 Quiz.


Daniel Reeves

Director, Education and Outreach, Discovery Institute

Daniel Reeves is Director of Education and Outreach at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a BA in Biology with additional graduate studies in Zoology. Before joining Discovery Institute, Daniel engaged in both field and laboratory research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has a passion for education, and has taught science in both museums and public schools.