Stephen C. Meyer

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Stephen C. Meyer is an American philosopher of science and best-selling science author. Meyer is also director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. [1]

Meyer earned his doctorate in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University for a dissertation on the history of origin of life biology and the methodology of the historical sciences. In addition, Dr. Meyer worked as a geophysicist with the Atlantic Richfield Company after earning his undergraduate degrees in Geology and Physics. [2] Before taking his current position at the Discovery Institute, he was an associate professor of philosophy at Whitworth College in Washington.

Intelligent Design

Meyer is a major proponent of intelligent design theory, which he regards as independent of creationism.[3] In an interview with Ben Wattenberg, Dr. Meyer said[4]:

Intelligent design is an inference from biological data, not a deduction from religious authority.

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

In June of 2009, Meyer's long-awaited book Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence was released. The book was a smash hit, finishing the year on Amazon's list of top-10 best selling science books[5] and being named one of the top books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement[6]. Atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel:

Stephen C. Meyer’s Signature in the Cell: DNA and the evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperCollins) is a detailed account of the problem of how life came into existence from lifeless matter – something that had to happen before the process of biological evolution could begin. The controversy over Intelligent Design has so far focused mainly on whether the evolution of life since its beginnings can be explained entirely by natural selection and other non-purposive causes. Meyer takes up the prior question of how the immensely complex and exquisitely functional chemical structure of DNA, which cannot be explained by natural selection because it makes natural selection possible, could have originated without an intentional cause. He examines the history and present state of research on non-purposive chemical explanations of the origin of life, and argues that the available evidence offers no prospect of a credible naturalistic alternative to the hypothesis of an intentional cause. Meyer is a Christian, but atheists, and theists who believe God never intervenes in the natural world, will be instructed by his careful presentation of this fiendishly difficult problem.

Peer Review Controversy

In August of 2004, Meyer's article "The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories”, appeared in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.[7] Shortly thereafter, the journal's publisher retracted the article, alleging it had not met the journal's scientific standards and had not been properly peer reviewed. This statement was met with much skepticism, with the real reasoning for the paper's retraction being extreme hostility towards intelligent design. This was confirmed when Dr. Roy McDiarmid, the President of the Biological Society of Washington and a scientist at the Smithsonian, later admitted that there was no wrong doing regarding the peer-review process of Meyer's paper[8]:

I have seen the review file and comments from 3 reviewers on the Meyer paper. All three with some differences among the comments recommended or suggested publication. I was surprised but concluded that there was not inappropriate behavior vs a vis [sic] the review process.

The journal's editor, Richard Sternberg, was harassed and demoted[9] for his publishing of Meyer's article.


  3. Intelligent design is not creationism [1]
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  7. Intelligent Design: The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories
  8. Michael Shermer's Fact-Free Attack on 'Expelled' Exposes Intolerance of Darwinists towards Pro-Intelligent Design Scientists
  9. Smithsonian's top officials permit the demotion and harassment of scientist skeptical of Darwinian evolution

External Links

Articles by Stephen C. Meyer