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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Nature's IQ - intelligent design from a Hindu perspective

A friend writes to tell me about a book, Nature's IQ (Torchlight), arguing for intelligent design from a somewhat different perspective:
Nature’s IQ is a soon to be published book, written by two Hungarian scientists, Balazs Hornyanszky ( M.S., bio-engineer, University of Technology, Budapest), and Istvan Tasi (M.A., Phd student, cultural anthropologist, Eotvos Lorant University, Budapest). They argue for intelligent design from a different approach than most of us nowadays do. The focus is the 'real' biological world, in particular the behaviour and instincts of animals, which the authors argue cannot be explained in terms of a random, gradual Darwinian mechanism but is evidence of intelligent design. As a look into nature, the book is fascinating in its own right, and the arguments appear to be solid.

My friend and the authors of the book write from an Indian (Hindu Hare Krishna) perspective. Sympathizer Michael Cremo (of Forbidden Archeology fame) wrote the foreword. You can read sample chapters online.

It is unclear whether the book has actually been published yet, even though its forthcoming date was 2006, (That too feels very eastern to a westerner like me - who would have hyperventilated a cyclone in the mean time.) Here are some Hare Krishna views on science as well.

I can't currently find Cremo's foreword on line though I have seen it. That the book is intended to be a work in the growing intelligent design library is clear from one of Cremo's closing comments,
This book is bound to become a classic, taking its place alongside the works of Michael Behe and William Dembski in the modern intelligent design movement.
I am looking forward to reading Nature's IQ, because I would like to see what a Hindu would make of the evident design of life.

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