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“Neo-Darwinism seeks to explain the origin of new information, form, and structure as a result of selection acting on randomly arising variation at a very low level within the biological hierarchy, mainly, within the genetic text. Yet the major morphological innovations depend on a specificity of arrangement at a much higher level of the organizational hierarchy, a level that DNA alone does not determine. Yet if DNA is not wholly responsible for body plan morphogenesis, then DNA sequences can mutate indefinitely, without regard to realistic probabilistic limits, and still not produce a new body plan. Thus, the mechanism of natural selection acting on random mutations in DNA cannot in principle generate novel body plans, including those that first arose in the Cambrian explosion.” -- Stephen Meyer, quoted by Albert Mohler, here.
In 2004 the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington published a peer-reviewed paper, “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories,” by Intelligent Design (ID) proponent Dr. Stephen Meyer.
Big Mistake. The Darwinian religious-philosopher-scientist community struck back.
Eugenie Scott offered the following by way of scientific rebuttal: the paper was “recycled material” and “substandard science”.
The Biological Society grovelled its apology and took The Pledge: arguments for Intelligent Design “will not be addressed in future issues of the Proceedings,”. Regardless. Ever.
As Dr. John West, Associate Director of the Discovery Institute explained, “Instead of addressing the paper’s argument or inviting counterarguments or rebuttal, the society has resorted to affirming what amounts to a doctrinal statement in an effort to stifle scientific debate. They’re trying to stop scientific discussion before it even starts.”No Divine Foot Allowed In The Door.™