Discovery Institute's principal office is located in Seattle, Washington. According to the Institute's mission statement, the Institute "discovers and promotes ideas in the common sense tradition of representative government, the free market and individual liberty" ( http://www.discovery.org/about.php ). The Institute maintains an extensive website.
A page of the Institute's website poses the question, "What is the theory of intelligent design?" However, after posing that question, the Institute fails to answer its own question. Instead of stating the definition of intelligent design (ID), the Institute presents the assertion that "an intelligent cause" is the best explanation for "certain features of the universe and of living things" ( http://www.discovery.org/csc/topQuestions.php ). The presentation of that assertion is intended to obscure the simple fact that the Institute is failing to answer its own question.
The definition of ID was composed by Dean Kenyon, Ph.D. Dr. Kenyon is a Fellow of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture ( link to www.discovery.org ). Curiously, Dr. Kenyon's definition of ID does not appear on any of the pages of Discovery Institute's website.
Discovery Institute asserts that ID is a scientific theory. However, that assertion is not true. Intelligent design is "an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion" ( http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller_342.pdf ). The Institute has failed to disclose the definition of ID in order to obscure the fact that ID is not a scientific theory.
Discovery Institute asserts that ID is the "best" explanation for "certain features of the universe and of living things". That assertion is simply a propaganda tool, designed to promote the Institute's political agenda. That agenda is set forth in the Institute's infamous "Wedge" strategy, which lays out the Institute's plan to make science into a branch of religion ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy ).
Intelligent design is a religious doctrine, not a scientific theory. Discovery Institute tries to hide this simple truth by keeping the definition of ID away from the public's view. Please don't be taken in by Discovery Institute's exercise in deception.