The reason scientists do not take seriously the claims of Intelligent Design theorists today is the same reason that scientists did not take seriously Wallace’s speculations about an “overarching intelligence.”
Are the three “cardinal problems” of biology still almost untouched?
There is an important distinction to be made between the terms “natural” and “material.”
Wallace emerges from Darwin’s shadow, leaving Darwinian “explanations” looking less like progress and more like — to borrow Wendell Berry’s phrase — “leapfrogging into the dark.”
Probably the most commonly heard untruth holds that the Santorum Amendment pushed or encouraged the teaching of intelligent design.