#5 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Introducing a New Intelligent Design Curriculum, Discovering Intelligent Design
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It's brand new and launching today! Discovering Intelligent Design (DID) is the first full curriculum to present the scientific evidence for intelligent design in both cosmology and biology in an easy-to-understand format. The curriculum includes a textbook, a workbook, and a DVD with multimedia video clips that are integrated into the readings. Developed by home school educators Gary and Hallie Kemper, and Discovery Institute research coordinator Casey Luskin, DID uniquely fills a specific niche in the intelligent design literature.
Who can use DID? In a word (or two), most anyone. While best classified as a textbook, DID reads like a book and is intended for a wide range of ages -- from middle-schoolers to adult -- in settings such as private schools, a general family and home setting, homeschool, church environments, small discussion groups, extracurricular school organizations (such as IDEA Clubs), or personal use. When used as a textbook, DID is not intended to replace standard subject science texts, but instead can supplement them by presenting information not available in many standard textbooks. While DID is strictly scientific in its content, it is not recommended for use in public schools.
DID was written to fill a specific niche. There are other excellent textbooks about intelligent design, such as The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems, which provides a compelling and thorough presentation of the scientific evidence. However, those texts are written at an advanced level and do not comprehensively cover both the biological and cosmological evidence for design. Another superb textbook is Explore Evolution: The Arguments For and Against Neo-Darwinism; however that supplemental textbook focuses only on biology and evolution, and does not cover cosmology or intelligent design. Finally, there are numerous other high quality books available on intelligent design -- but they are either not written as a study tool, or include religious components. DID stands out as the only strictly scientific textbook that comprehensively introduces both the cosmological and biological evidence for intelligent design at a layperson's level.
DID has been written as a stand-alone text; however, it can also be used in conjunction with a companion DVD to create an integrated multimedia learning experience. Throughout the book, prompts encourage readers to watch DVD segments, which have been drawn from four highly regarded documentaries: Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet, Darwin's Dilemma, and Icons of Evolution.
At the beginning of each chapter, readers will find a thought-provoking question to introduce the material. Each chapter concludes with multiple discussion questions to allow reflection and further investigation. Instructors or discussion group leaders will find these questions valuable in encouraging critical thinking. In addition, a separate workbook with review questions, vocabulary questions, essay questions, and inquiry activities has been created to enhance the book's educational value for younger readers and students.
DID is published by Discovery Institute Press.