# Category: Mathematics

## Fun with the hyperreal numbers (and with the idea of an infinite *actual* past)

The hyperreals are an extension of the real number line that brings to bear a reciprocal relationship between the very large and the very small. By so introducing extensions to the real number continuum, it forms a base for an infinitesimals approach to the calculus and makes sense of a lot of the tricks used […]

## Basener stands his ground at Skeptical Zone: Fisher’s Darwinian theorem is clearly false.

February 17, 2018 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Natural selection |

From William Basenerand John Sanford at The Skeptical Zone: Joe Felsenstein and Michael Lynch (JF and ML) wrote a blog post, “Does Basener and Sanford’s model of mutation vs selection show that deleterious mutations are unstoppable?” Their post is thoughtful and we are glad to continue the dialogue. This is the first part of a […]

## DI Fellow, David Berlinski: “There is no argument against religion that is not also an argument against mathematics”

February 16, 2018 | Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Atheism, faith, Mathematics, Mind, reason, Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, They said it . . ., warrant, knowledge, science and belief |

He continues (HT, BA77): >>Mathematicians are capable of grasping a world of objects that lies beyond space and time …. … Come again … DB: No need to come again: I got to where I was going the first time. The number four, after all, did not come into existence at a particular time, and […]

## Are some infinities bigger than others?

February 15, 2018 | Posted by News under Cosmology, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy |

From theoretical physicist Paul Davies at Cosmos: It turns out that the set of all points on a continuous line is a bigger infinity than the natural numbers; mathematicians say there is an uncountably infinite number of points on the line (and in three-dimensional space). You simply can’t match up each point on the line […]

## Answering DiEb: Just what is “search” in a sense relevant to ID?

For some time now, objector DiEb has been raising the question, what do we mean by speaking of “search” in the context of evolutionary search. At 311 in the parody thread, she [IIRC] remarks: >>Search is a central term in the work of Dr. Dr. William Dembski jr, Dr. Winston Ewert, and Dr. Robert Marks […]

## Are these stats for ET just “barking mad”?

January 28, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

Proven. From SETI’s Seth Shostak at NBC News: Simple math shows how many space aliens may be out there: It’s a lot more than you might imagine! We start with recent research showing that one in six stars hosts a planet hospitable to life. No, not one in a million. One in six. So let’s […]

## Tabby’s Star, 3: the business of dealing with Black Swans

In the Tabby’s Star”extraordinary claims” follow-up thread, one of the usual objector personas tried to pounce on the corrective: To do so, he tried to counter-pose the concept of Bayesian analysis, then professes to find that a discussion of the difference between risk and radical uncertainty is little more than meaningless verbiage. This is, however, […]

## Intellectual termite watch: Numbers are “social constructs”

January 14, 2018 | Posted by News under Education, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism |

From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform: In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social constructs. “Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society,” they write. As a consequence, they assert that “in many cases, […]

## How people who were not taught math can be gulled into believing implausible claims

January 12, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, science education |

From Thomas P. Sheahen at American Thinker: We all learned in elementary school that “you can’t divide by zero.” But what happens when you divide by a number very close to zero, a small fraction? The quotient shoots way up to a very large value. … There are several indices being cited these days that […]

## Father of neo-Darwinism (Fisher’s theorem) Ronald Fisher critiqued at his own memorial?

January 12, 2018 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

From Sal Cordova at Creation-Evolution Headlines: Bill Basener and John Sanford recently provided a correction to Fisher’s equations in the FNSF-FTNS (12/22/17) that demonstrated real evolution proceeds toward destruction rather than construction of biological function. It basically flips Fisher’s theorem upside down. Concurrently, and equally comedic, something odd happened at the 37th memorial lecture on […]

## Meritocracy in math as a tool of “whiteness”

January 11, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism, science education |

From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform: A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that “meritocracy” in math classes is a “tool of whiteness.” … To mediate this, Rubel recommends that math teachers incorporate more social justice issues into math lessons, but warns that even “teaching for social justice” can […]

## Coffee: Here’s the latest largest prime number

January 10, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

Rafi Letzter at LiveScience tells us it is called M77232917 (represented in digits, in art, below): Its only factors are itself and the number 1. That’s what makes it prime. So how big is this number? A full 23,249,425 digits long — nearly 1 million digits longer than the previous record holder. If someone started […]

## On Basener and Sanford’s paper falsifying Fisher’s Darwinism theorem: It will be no small thing to make reality matter again

January 6, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Science |

From Evolution News and Science Today: Due to the tradition of professional scientific writing, major developments in scientific literature often arrive muffled in language so bland or technical as to be totally missed by a general reader. This, along with the media’s habit of covering up for evolution, is how large cracks in the foundation […]

## Fisher’s proof of Darwinism flipped: William Basener replies to Erasmus Wiffball

January 5, 2018 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

Fisher’s theorem, reportedly proving Darwinism, is currently disputed in mathematical literature by William Basener and John Sanford. (Paper.) The controversy is attracting quite some attention. Dr. Basener has kindly offered an explanation for one of the questions raised in a comment and, for reader convenience, we reproduce both the question and the response as a […]

## Fisher’s Proof of Darwinism Flipped: William Basener replies to Bob O’Hara

January 1, 2018 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

The paper, by William Basener and John Sanford, shows that the continuous flow of new mutations that would continuously replenish a population’s genetic variability and enable Darwinian evolution does not really happen. (Paper.) Much discussion has followed here and here. Basener has replied to Bob O’H, and for reader convenience, we are reproducing the comments here: […]

## “Fisher’s Proof of Darwinism Has Been Flipped” paper is making waves – Twitter displeased

December 29, 2017 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

Readers may recall that we noted a new Springer paper, by John Sanford* and William Basener**, explaining how Fisher’s proof of Darwinian evolution has been flipped. The authors of the new paper realized that one of Fisher’s pivotal assumptions was clearly false, and in fact was falsified many decades ago. It’s been quietly noticed […]

## Fisher’s proof of Darwinian evolution has been flipped?

December 27, 2017 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

That’s what they say. From the paper by Bill Basener and John Sanford on Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection, published in The Journal of Mathematical Biology: Abstract: The mutation–selection process is the most fundamental mechanism of evolution. In 1935, R. A. Fisher proved his fundamental theorem of natural selection, providing a model in which […]

## God as a necessary, maximally great, endless being vs. the challenge to an actual infinity

In a recent thread, the Kalam Cosmological argument family was challenged on the issue: can an actual infinity exist? If not (presumably due to Hilbert’s Hotel-like absurdities), then God could not be an infinite being as such is impossible of being. A thread of discussion developed, and I thought a summary intervention may be helpful. […]

## How can God be infinite if actual infinites cannot exist?

December 10, 2017 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy, Religion, theism |

From Evan Minton at Cerebral Faith: In defense of the Kalam Cosmological Argument, apologists such as William Lane Craig, Frank Turek, and myself will argue for the second premise (i.e that the universe had a beginning to its existence) by arguing that an actually infinite number of things are impossible. If an actually infinite number […]

## Of course: Mathematics perpetuates white privilege

October 24, 2017 | Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism, Racism, science education |

From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform: “On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,” Gutierrez argued. Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that […]