When critics claim that research is not permitted to detect design because that would stop science, it is they who hold science back.
The dominant pattern in the fossil record is explosions of new biological forms. The Cambrian explosion is a prime example.
Irreducible complexity and high CSI systems are found, indicating these systems were designed.
To borrow geologist Charles Lyell’s words, intelligent agency is a cause “now in operation” that can be studied in the world around us.
Imagine that you took your 4×4 truck off-roading and you returned home with the truck covered in mud.