A mathematician and philosopher, William A. Dembski is Research Professor in
Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. He is
also a senior fellow with <!g>Discovery Institutes Center for Science and Culture
in Seattle. Previously he was the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and
Science at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he
founded its Center for Theology and Science. Before that he was Associate
Research Professor in the Conceptual Foundations of Science at Baylor
University, where he also headed the first intelligent design think-tank at a
major research university: The <!g>Michael Polanyi Center.
Dr. Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre
Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in
mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer
science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at
Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in statistics, and a
Ph.D. in philosophy, he also received a doctorate in mathematics from the
University of Chicago in 1988 and a master of divinity degree from Princeton
Theological Seminary in 1996. He has held National Science Foundation graduate
and postdoctoral fellowships.
Dr. Dembski has published articles in mathematics, philosophy, and theology
journals and is the author/editor of more than a dozen books. In The Design
Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities (Cambridge
University Press, 1998), he examines the design argument in a post-<!g>Darwinian
context and analyzes the connections linking chance, probability, and
intelligent causation. The sequel to The Design Inference appeared with
Rowman & Littlefield in 2002 and critiques Darwinian and other naturalistic
accounts of evolution. It is titled No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity
Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. Dr. Dembski has edited several influential
anthologies, including Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism
Unconvincing (ISI, 2004) and Debating Design: From Darwin to <!g>DNA
(Cambridge University Press, 2004, co-edited with <!g>Michael Ruse). His newest
book, coauthored with Jonathan Wells, is titled The Design of Life:
Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems.
As interest in intelligent design has grown in the wider culture, Dr.
Dembski has assumed the role of public intellectual. In addition to lecturing
around the world at colleges and universities, he is frequently interviewed on
the radio and television. His work has been cited in numerous newspaper and
magazine articles, including three front page stories in the New York Times as
well as the August 15, 2005 Time magazine cover story on intelligent design. He
has appeared on the BBC, NPR (Diane Rehm, etc.), PBS (Inside the Law with Jack
Ford; Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson), CSPAN2, CNN, Fox News, ABC
Nightline, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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