Relating Evolution and Intelligent Design Many people are under the impression that evolution and intelligent design are contrary explanations. As a result, it is quite common to find people trying to demonstrate intelligent design by refuting evolution. In response, the stage is set for scientists to refute intelligent design by coming up with evolutionary explanations. Yet the truth of the matter is that evolution and intelligent design can co-exist; they are not mutually exclusive concepts. After all, you can design with, and through, evolution. Fascinating possibilities such as this are addressed in The Design Matrix. Here is an excerpt: Reproduction is the means to forward a design into the future. Yet because of the inevitability of mutation, and its effects, replication over large spans of time will lead to evolution. It would thus seem that a good designer would take this âproblemâ and turn it into something to be exploited or used. This is just one example to illustrate that Intelligent Design and evolution may complement, rather than contradict each other. Life itself could have been designed and evolution, by natural selection, would have subsequently followed. Whatâs more, life might even have been designed in such a way that Darwinian evolution was recruited to carry out distinct design objectives meaning that evolution could have been ârigged by design.â The Design Matrix provides a method for assessing a design inference and demonstrates how the hypothesis of design can guide scientific research. I found the book to be UTTERLY THOUGHT-PROVOKING and highly recommend it.