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Restricted intelligent design

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Restricted Intelligent Design is what is generally referred to by the term "Intelligent design." It is used to distinguish it from the broader concept known as General Intelligent Design developed by Robert Herrmann. Restricted Intelligent Design deals mainly with biology, where it seeks to identify specific evidences of design.

Observing Intelligent Design

The following filter is used to recognize design:

  1. If an event has a high probability of occurring based on natural laws, then natural laws provide an explanation. Otherwise move to step 2.
  2. If an event has a high probability of occurring based on chance, then chance provides an explanation. Otherwise move to step 3.
  3. Having eliminated natural laws and chance, accept design.

Restricted Intelligent Design studies design only by comparing it to human design, making it a poor model for dealing with a higher intelligence such as God.

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