Are there any non-religious scientific organisations or universities which support Intelligent Design? My lecturer stated that Intelligent Design is a non-scientific, religious idea. I'm surprised by this. He said all ID supporters are religious, and nobody truly scientific supports it. Is this true? Are there any non-religious organisations or universities which support ID? I'd love to challenge him with one.

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I can't think of any actual scientific organization that would support Intelligent Design. The scientists are always going to be at odds with Intelligent Design. Intelligent Design is the church's thing, and does not have any basis in actual science.
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I have to admit that I have not heard of any non-religious or scientific organizations who support Intelligent Design. To this point, I think that ID has simply been used by those who wish to satisfy both religious groups and scientists alike.

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To the best of my knowledge, there are no non-religious institutions promulgating Intelligent Design. There are some scientists who are trying to use it to reconcile science with personal belief, but at this point the scientific establishment does not recognize ID as a valid scientific phenomenon.

 

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This is an excellent question.  I'm not aware of any, but I'd be interested to hear if there are any.  I suspect that your professor is correct.  I do know that Michael Behe, one of the leading proponents of intelligent design, has essentially been ostracized by his own department, who have a statement on their web page distancing themselves from his ideas:

http://www.lehigh.edu/~inbios/news/evolution.htm

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