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Jun 2002
No Free Lunch
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
No Free Lunch
by William A. Dembski
A string of Scrabble tiles spelling a sentence from Shakespeare didn't fall that way onto the floor. A sandcastle on a beach was not produced by wind and waves.

Is it possible to define, detect, and measure that quality we recognize intuitively as the work of an intelligence? This book answers the question affirmatively in developing the concept of "specified complexity," and shows why random mutation and natural selection cannot account for the structures found in nature.

"The most profound challenge to the Modern Synthetic Theory of Evolution since this theory was first formulated in the 1930s. I differ with Dembski on some points, mainly in ways which strengthen his conclusion."
     -- Frank J. Tipler, Professor of Mathematical Physics, Tulane University

"A landmark for intelligent design theory because, for the first time, it makes it possible to objectively evaluate the claims of evolutionary biology and intelligent design on common ground."
     -- Martin Poenie, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Texas at Austin

"Dembski succeeds in showing how specified complexity successfully detects design. His critique of Darwinian and other naturalist accounts of evolution is built on a set of powerful and lucid arguments; his formulation of an alternative to these accounts is simply compelling."
     -- Muzaffar Iqbal, Founder-president of the Center for Islam and Science

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