Intelligent Design

Artificial intelligence: Conversing with computers? … or with their programmers?

One reason the artificial intelligence fantasy (“Soon computers will think and feel just like people!”) has enjoyed such a long shelf life is a fundamental misunderstanding: The computer is thinking. Actually, the computer is not thinking. A programmer has developed a series of responses to our inputs. To the extent that the programmer can guess Read More…

Biology Darwinism

Acids, Bases, Lyes, and Lies

Little did I realize that in a few years I would encounter an idea — Darwin’s idea — bearing an unmistakable likeness to universal acid: it eats through just about every traditional concept, and leaves in its wake a revolutionized world-view, with most of the old landmarks still recognizable, but transformed in fundamental ways. Daniel Read More…

Darwinism Intelligent Design

Darwinism and popular culture: Only trolls would carry out Gallagher’s orders, but for some reason he wants them carried out by gentlemen.

What Makes Science ‘Science’? Trainee teachers don’t have a clue, and most scientists probably don’t either. That’s bad news. So says James Williams, kvetching in The Scientist, 22(10) October 2008, Page 29: As a science educator, I train science graduates to become science teachers. Over the past two years I’ve surveyed their understanding of key Read More…