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William A. Dembski jest matematykiem i filozofem. Jest profesorem nadzwyczajnym konceptualnych podstaw nauki w Baylor University oraz redaktorem naczelnym PCID Progress in Complexity, Information and Design, czasopisma internetowego wydawanego przez International Society for Complexity Information and Design. Wcześniej nauczał w Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame i University of Dallas. Jest doktorem matematyki (University of Chicago, 1988) i filozofii (University of Illinois), a także uzyskał stopień magistra teologii w Princeton Theological Seminary (1996). Jest również licencjatem psychologii i magistrem statystyki.

Dembski jest krytykiem ewolucjonizmu i propagatorem teorii inteligentnego projektu. Zalicza się do czołowych postaci Ruchu Inteligentnego Projektu, do którego należą też Phillip E. Johnson czy Michael J. Behe. Dembski rozwija koncepcję filtra eksplanacyjnego, który służy jako narzędzie wykrywania projektu w świecie. Wedle Dembskiego, jeśli dane zdarzenie jest wystarczająco złożone i wyspecyfikowane (dopasowane do jakiegoś wzorca, który sugeruje działanie inteligencji), to jest ono wynikiem projektu. Podobnie jak inni członkowie Ruchu Inteligentnego Projektu, Dembski nie zajmuje się kwestią tożsamości projektanta, gdyż to wychodzi poza zakres nauki, a głoszona przez ten Ruch hipoteza inteligentnego projektu ma – zdaniem jego zwolenników – charakter naukowy.

Spis wybranych publikacji (zaczerpnięty ze strony domowej Dembskiego):

Książki:

  • The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Intelligent Design: The Bridge between Science and Theology. Downer’s Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999. [Książka została nagrodzona przez Christianity Today jako książka roku w kategorii “Chrześcijaństwo i kultura”]
  • No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. Lanham - Boulder - New York - Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
  • The Design Revolution: Answering the toughest questions about intelligent design. Downers Grove, Ill.:  InterVarsity Press, 2004).

Redagowane zbiorówki:

  • Mere Creation: Science, Faith, and Intelligent Design (proceedings of a conference on design and origins at Biola University, 14 – 17 November 1996). Downer’s Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1998.
  • Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe, Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute, vol. 9 (co-edited with Michael J. Behe and Stephen C. Meyer). San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000.
  • Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies (co-edited with Jay Wesley Richards). Downer’s Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2001.
  • Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design (co-edited with James Kushiner). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos Press, 2001.
  •  Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (co-edited with Michael Ruse), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2004.

Artykuły:

“Uniform Probability”, Journal of Theoretical Probability 3(4), 1990: 611–626.

“Scientopoly: The Game of Scientism”, Epiphany Journal 10(1&2), 1990: 110–120.

“Converting Matter into Mind: Alchemy and the Philosopher’s Stone in Cognitive Science”, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 42(4), 1990: 202–226. Abridged version in Epiphany Journal 11(4), 1991: 50–76. My response to subsequent critical comment: “Conflating Matter and Mind” in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 43(2), 1991: 107–111.

“Inconvenient Facts: Miracles and the Skeptical Inquirer”, Philosophia Christi (formerly Bulletin of the Evangelical Philosophical Society) 13, 1990: 18–45.

“Randomness by Design” Nous 25(1), 1991: 75–106.

“Reviving the Argument from Design: Detecting Design through Small Probabilities”, in: Proceedings of the 8th Biannual Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (at Wheaton College), 29 May – 1 June 1991: 101–145.

“The Incompleteness of Scientific Naturalism”, In: Darwinism: Science or Philosophy? edited by Jon Buell and Virginia Hearn (Proceedings of the Darwinism Symposium held at Southern Methodist University, 26–28 March 1992), pp. 79–94. Dallas: Foundation for Thought and Ethics, 1994.

On the Very Possibility of Intelligent Design”, In: The Creation Hypothesis, edited by J. P. Moreland, pp. 113–138. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1994.

“What Every Theologian Should Know about Creation, Evolution, and Design”, Princeton Theological Review 2(3), 1995: 15–21.

“Transcendent Causes and Computational Miracles”, In: Interpreting God’s Action in the World (Facets of Faith and Science, volume 4), edited by J. M. van der Meer. Lanham: The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science/ University Press of America, 1996.

“The Problem of Error in Scripture”, Princeton Theological Review 3(1)(double issue), 1996: 22–28.

“Teaching Intelligent Design as Religion or Science?”, Princeton Theological Review 3(2), 1996: 14–18.

“Schleiermacher’s Metaphysical Critique of Miracles”, Scottish Journal of Theology 49(4), 1996: 443–465.

“Christology and Human Development”, FOUNDATIONS 5(1), 1997: 11–18.

“Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information” (revision of 1997 NTSE conference paper), Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 49(3), 1997: 180–190.

“Fruitful Interchange or Polite Chitchat? The Dialogue between Theology and Science” (co-authored with Stephen C. Meyer), Zygon 33(3), 1998: 415–430.

“Mere Creation”, In: Mere Creation: Science, Faith, and Intelligent Design.

“Redesigning Science”, In: Mere Creation: Science, Faith, and Intelligent Design.

“Science and Design”, First Things no. 86, October 1998: 21–27.

“Reinstating Design within Science”, Rhetoric and Public Affairs 1(4), 1998: 503–518.

“Signs of Intelligence: A Primer on the Discernment of Intelligent Design”, Touchstone 12(4), 1999: 76–84.

“Are We Spiritual Machines?”, First Things no. 96, October 1999: 25–31.

“Not Even False? Reassessing the Demise of British Natural Theology”, Philosophia Christi 2nd series, 1(1), 1999: 17–43.

“Naturalism and Design”, In: Naturalism: A Critical Analysis, edited by William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland (London: Routledge, 2000).

“Conservatives, Darwin & Design: An Exchange” (co-authored with Larry Arnhart and Michael J. Behe), First Things no. 107 (November 2000): 23–31.

“The Third Mode of Explanation”, In: Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe, edited by Michael J. Behe, William A. Dembski, and Stephen C. Meyer (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2000).

“The Mathematics of Detecting Divine Action”, in: Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective, edited by James Bradley and Russell Howell (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2001).

“The Pragmatic Nature of Mathematical Inquiry”, in: Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective, edited by James Bradley and Russell Howell (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2001).

“Detecting Design by Eliminating Chance: A Response to Robin Collins”, Christian Scholar’s Review 30(3), Spring 2001: 343–357.

“The Inflation of Probabilistic Resources”, In: God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science, edited by Neil Manson. (London: Routledge 2002).

“Can Evolutionary Algorithms Generate Specified Complexity?”, In: From Complexity to Life, edited by Niels H. Gregersen, foreword by Paul Davies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

“The Design Argument”, In collection edited by Gary B. Ferngren on science-religion, forthcoming with Johns Hopkins Press.

“Design and Information”, To appear in Detecting Design in Creation, edited by Stephen C. Meyer, Paul A. Nelson, and John Mark Reynolds.

“The Chance of the Gaps”, To appear in volume edited by Neil Manson and accepted for publication with Routledge Press.

“Why Natural Selection Can’t Design Anything”, To appear in Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design.

“Another Way to Detect Design?”, To appear in Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design

Małe artykuły:

 “Reverse Diffusion-Limited Aggregation.” Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 37(3&4), 1990: 231–234.

“The Fallacy of Contextualism.” Themelios 20(3), 1995: 8–11.

 “The God of the Gaps.” Princeton Theological Review 2(2), 1995: 13–16.

 “The Paradox of Politicizing the Kingdom.” Princeton Theological Review 3(1)(double issue), 1996: 35–37.

 “Alchemy, NK Boolean Style” (review of Stuart Kauffman’s At Home in the Universe). Origins & Design 17(2), 1996: 30–32.

 “Intelligent Design: The New Kid on the Block.” The Banner 133(6), 16 March 1998: 14–16.

 “The Intelligent Design Movement.” Cosmic Pursuit 1(2), 1998: 22–26.

 “The Bible by Numbers” (review of Jeffrey Satinover’s Cracking the Bible Code). First Things, August/September 1998 (no. 85): 61–64.

 “Randomness.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward Craig. London: Routledge, 1998.

 “The Last Magic” (review of Mark Steiner’s The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem). Books & Culture, July/August 1999. [Award: Evangelical Press Association, First Place for 1999 in the category “Critical Reviews.”]

 “Thinkable and Unthinkable” (review of Paul Davies’s The Fifth Miracle). Books & Culture, September/October 1999: 33–35.

 “The Arrow and the Archer: Reintroducing Design into Science.” Science & Spirit 10(4), 1999(Nov/Dec): 32–34, 42.

 “What Can We Reasonably Hope For? — A Millennium Symposium.” First Things no. 99, January 2000: 19–20.

 “Because It Works, That’s Why!” (review of Y. M. Guttmann’s The Concept of Probability in Statistical Physics). Books & Culture, March/April 2000: 42–43.

 “The Design Argument.” In The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia, edited by Gary B. Ferngren (New York: Garland, 2000), 65–67.

 “The Limits of Natural Teleology” (review of Robert Wright’s Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny). First Things no. 105 (August/September 2000): 46–51.

 “Conservatives, Darwin & Design: An Exchange” (co-authored with Larry Arnhart and Michael J. Behe). First Things no. 107 (November 2000): 23–31.

 “Shamelessly Doubting Darwin,” American Outlook (November/December 2000): 22–24.

 “Intelligent Design Theory.” In Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th edition, edited by Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski, Eberhard Jüngel. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.

 “What Have Butterflies Got to Do with Darwin?” Review of Bernard d’Abrera’s Concise Atlas of Butterflies. To appear in Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design.

 “Detecting Design in the Natural Sciences,” to appear in Russian translation in Poisk. Abbreviated version to appear in Natural History.

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