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be. Leading proponents of ID, testifying in a court of law, have suggested that the designer could be a space alien or a time-traveling biologist.

ID proponents identify complex biological structures and then state that these structures could not have been the product of natural selection and, therefore, are evidence of the designer. Yet they don't produce any testable hypotheses. Their arguments aren't scientific — regardless of the scientific terms and language they use — but theological, aliens and time travelers notwithstanding. They can't say, exactly, what it is that allows them to conclude that one structure shows the hand of the designer and another one doesn't. They just seem to know it when they see it. Many books are written on the subject of ID, but none of them share the methodology that would allow a student of ID to learn how these decisions are reached.

In this book, I don't attempt to address in detail the intricacies of religious beliefs. Religion can be a powerful force for good, but it is no more appropriate for a religious viewpoint to try to interject itself into the scientific process than it would be for the scientific view point to claim special knowledge of the mysteries of religion.

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