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Intelligent Design

FOOTNOTE: On Einstein, Dembski, the Chi Metric and observation by the judging semiotic agent

(Follows up from here.) Over at MF’s blog, there has been a continued stream of  objections to the recent log reduction of the chi metric in the recent CSI Newsflash thread. Here is commentator Toronto: __________ >> ID is qualifying a part of the equation’s terms with subjective observation. If I do the same to Read More…

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NEWS FLASH: Dembski’s CSI caught in the act

Dembski’s CSI concept has come under serious question, dispute and suspicion in recent weeks here at UD. After diligent patrolling the cops announce a bust: acting on some tips from un-named sources,  they have caught the miscreants in the act! From a comment in the MG smart thread, courtesy Dembski’s  NFL (2007 edn): ___________________ >>NFL Read More…

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ID Foundations, 5: Functionally Specific, Complex Organization and associated Information as empirically testable (and recognised) signs of design

(ID Foundations series so far: 1, 2, 3, 4 ) In a current UD discussion thread, frequent commenter MarkF (who supports evolutionary materialism) has made the following general objection to the inference to design: . . . my claim is not that ID is false. Just that is not falsifiable. On the other hand claims Read More…

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ID Foundations, 4: Specified Complexity and linked Functional Organisation as signs of design

(NB: ID Foundations Series, so far: 1, 2, 3.) In a recent comment on the ID Foundations 3 discussion thread, occasional UD commenter LastYearOn [henceforth LYO], remarked: Behe is implicitly assuming that natural processes cannot explain human technology. However natural processes do explain technology, by explaining humans. We may think of computers as somehow distinct Read More…

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ID Foundations, 3: Irreducible Complexity as concept, as fact, as [macro-]evolution obstacle, and as a sign of design

[ID Found’ns Series, cf. also Bartlett here] Irreducible complexity is probably the most violently objected to foundation stone of Intelligent Design theory. So, let us first of all define it by slightly modifying Dr Michael Behe’s original statement in his 1996 Darwin’s Black Box [DBB]: What type of biological system could not be formed by Read More…

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ID Foundations, 2: Counterflow, open systems, FSCO/I and self-moved agents in action

In two recent UD threads, frequent commenter AI Guy, an Artificial Intelligence researcher, has thrown down the gauntlet: Winds of Change, 76: By “counterflow” I assume you mean contra-causal effects, and so by “agency” it appears you mean libertarian free will. That’s fine and dandy, but it is not an assertion that can be empirically Read More…

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The announced “death” of the Fine-tuning Cosmological Argument seems to have been over-stated

In recent days, there has been a considerable stir in the blogosphere, as  prof Don Page of the University of Alberta has issued two papers and a slide show that purport to show the death of — or at least significant evidence against — the fine-tuning cosmological argument. (Cf here and here at UD. [NB: Read More…

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ID Foundations: The design inference, warrant and “the” scientific method

It has been said that “Intelligent design (ID) is the view that it is possible to infer from empirical evidence that “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection” . . .”  This puts the design inference at the Read More…

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Background Note: On Orderly, Random and Functional Sequence Complexity

In 2005, David L Abel and Jack T Trevors published a key article on order, randomness and functionality, that sets a further context for appreciating the warrant for the design inference. The publication data and title for the peer-reviewed article are as follows: Theor Biol Med Model. 2005; 2: 29. Published online 2005 August 11. Read More…

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Background Note: On signs, symbols and their significance

As a preliminary step to a discussion [DV, to follow] of the significance of and warrant for the design inference, let us now symbolise how we interact with and draw inferences about signs and symbols (generally following Peirce et al [Added, Feb 28: including P’s thought on warrant by inference to best explanation i.e. abductive Read More…

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They said it: NCSE endorses the “design is re-labelled creationism” slander

In the short term, a smear campaign can be very successful, and will poison the atmosphere, perhaps even poisoning the general public’s perception of your opponents. Usually, it works by using what may be called for convenience the trifecta fallacy, unfortunately — and as we shall shortly see — a now habitual pattern of all Read More…

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They said it: NCSE endorses the teaching of evolution as “fact”

We may add the NCSE-endorsed declaration of the North Carolina Math and Science Education Network to the list of declarations that “evolution” is to be taught as “fact.” (I freely say, endorsed, as NCSE hosts the declaration, and does so without disclaimer.) Let us excerpt: The primary goal of science teaching is to produce a Read More…

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They said it: “Evolution is a Fact!”

The opening of  the current version of the Wikipedia article, “Evolution as theory and fact,” (with links and references removed) reads: The statement “evolution is both a theory and a fact” is often seen in biological literature. Evolution is a “theory” in the scientific sense of the term “theory”; it is an established scientific model Read More…