Scientific Method and Intelligent Design Essay

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Intelligent design refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature. The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection (intelligentdesign.org). They have demonstrated that intelligent design is a religious argument, a form of creationism (is the belief that universe and living organisms originate “from specific acts of divine creation.”) which lacks empirical support.
Intelligent design begins with observations about the types of information produced by intelligent agents. Design theorists argue that intelligent design constitutes a valid scientific research program aimed at understanding the effects of intelligence in the natural world (http://www.theism.net/article/16).
Most definitions of modern science describe a methodology of finding testable explanations of the universe. I often hear evolution is a theory not a fact. A scientific theory explains the facts and is verifiable or demonstrable. Evolution is one of the most validated theories around. I propose intelligent design is not science. It is not verifiable and its challenges to evolution.
To allow intelligent design into science you would need to change the definition of science and drop the testable requirements. I propose it should not be taught as legitimate course…