As a medical researcher with more than 30 years of experience, the recipient of five NIH grants, and more than 250 scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature, I know something about science, and I find the theory of “intelligent design” to be scientific and not religious.
Current scientific evidence points not to undirected random chemical interactions as the explanation for life, but to the intervention of a mind. Intelligent design makes no claim whatever about the nature of the designer — that is beyond the reach of science. But science does have rules about how to detect the past actions of an intelligent agent. “Is this pointed rock an arrowhead, or just a stone? Was the fire arson or accident? The same logical constructs form the foundation of intelligent design theory.
One way that ID assumptions might help medical research is, paying more attention to the interactions between what people think is happening and what is happening. That is, harnessing the placebo effect, instead of ignoring it or considering it a nuisance.
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