Scientific hypotheses can come from anywhere at all (well actually just from an intelligent mind). One important thing I learned about science in graduate school was, it did not matter where your hypothesis originated, it only mattered that it could be tested and falsified in a rigorous, repeatable, and measurable way. Scientific notions can arise from any metaphysical framework or lack of a framework. At the basis of creationism and naturalistic evolution are presumed metaphysical truths. Quite possibly, neither of which can be falsified, leaving the resolution to be a matter of faith. However, that does not prevent scientists from developing testable hypotheses that spring from those underlying beliefs. One could argue that intelligent design has fewer metaphysical entanglements than either creationism or naturalistic evolution. The point is that testable hypotheses may come from almost any underlying belief or idea, whereas the actual underlying belief or idea itself may not be a scientific hypothesis.
Posted on November 14, 2009 by TCS