"Intelligent Design"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 25 12:52:03 UTC 2005

Today's New York Times discusses that most unintelligent of catchphrases,
"intelligent design," tracing it back to 1880.  Here's an earlier
evolution-related usage (the collocation of the words is, of course,

1874 _Medical & Surgical Reporter_ 13 June 550 (American Periodical
Series)  Now DARWIN arises, and attacks the minor premise of this
syllogism, by setting up the blind struggle for existence, the spontaneity
of nature, and the doctrine of unconscious evolution, as all-sufficient to
explain any appearance of intelligent design in organic beings.

Fred Shapiro

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