A Caribbean-based Christian thinker with a background in physics and a focus on strategic thinking towards truly sustainable development.
Intelligent Design

Should ID abandon attempts to explain the origin of first biological life? (Not to mention, any other origins related matter . . . ?)

In a recent comment in a thread discussing his/her claim that ID in inferring design of first life must either face an infinite regress or else tries to explain first life by a self-contradiction [first life from prior life and/or from non-living intelligence], design theory objector FG (in ducking out of further discussion) says: Barry Read More…

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“Who designed the designer” vs. a burning matchstick

In the current “who designed the designer” rebuttal thread, NR has posted an objection that inadvertently exposes the core errors of this objection by Dawkins. While I responded in that thread, I think the issue is sufficiently material to also be posted in its own right. So, pardon the following: ______________ NR, 12: >> The Read More…

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ID Foundations, 7: suppressed history — Alfred Russel Wallace’s Intelligent Evolution as a precursor to modern design theory

One of the saddest facets of the modern, unfortunately poisonously polarised debates over origins science, is the evident suppression (yes, suppressed: at top level, people are responsible to give a true, fair, balanced view of an important matter based on the due diligence of thorough and balanced research . . . ) of relevant history, such as Alfred Russel Wallace’s Intelligent Evolution.

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Matzke’s sidetrack: debating “Evolution” vs “Creationism” as a distraction from the core ID challenge — what is the empirically credible source of biological, functionally specific, complex organization/ information (FSCO/I)?

If you have been following UD over the past few days you will know Dr Nick Matzke, formerly Public Information Project Director of the US NCSE,  has intervened in Dr Cudworth’s thread on the question of evolutionary biology qualifications of leading objectors to design theory. As a result of this, in the end, even Dr Cudworth Read More…

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Is chance “real”? Can it “cause” anything? Can we investigate it “scientifically”?

From the days of Plato in The Laws, Bk X on, design thinkers have usually been inclined to think in terms of necessity, chance and choice when they analyse causal factors.  In recent days, though, the reality of chance and its proper definition have been challenged, and not just here at UD. A glance at Read More…

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What does Plato have to do with design theory and debates over origins views? (ANS: A lot.)

The above challenge has been thrown down, in rather intemperate language accompanied by more outing misbehaviour. It is revelatory on the depth of ignorance cultivated by the imposed dominance of evolutionary materialism via its cat’s paw, so-called methodological naturalism, in science education. First, as was pointed out in the post on Plato’s warning on the Read More…

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Plato’s warning (360 BC . . . yes, 2,350 years ago) on the inherent amorality, nihilism and ruthless factionalism rooted in evolutionary materialism

The worldview commonly described at UD as “Evolutionary Materialism” — roughly: the view that our cosmos from hydrogen to humans must be explained “scientifically” on matter and energy in space and time, evolving by forces of chance and necessity —  is nothing new. For, 2,350 years ago, Plato described it as a popular philosophy among Read More…