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From Eric Holloway: COVID-19’s Origins: Uses and Misuses of the Explanatory Filter

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Fauci et al:

From all the misuse, you might think the explanatory filter is useless. Maybe it cannot tell us anything about the lab theory. Would you be surprised to know that scientists close to Dr. Anthony Fauci used the explanatory filter to textbook perfection right at the beginning of the pandemic?

According to emails obtained from Dr. Fauci, a scientist named Dr. Kristian Andersen followed the explanatory filter correctly to initially arrive at a design inference regarding the virus’ origin. Quoting from the article:

In an email to Dr. Fauci sent on January 31 last year, Kristian G. Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute told the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director that some of SARS-CoV-2’s features “(potentially) look engineered.”

… “I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory,” the expert added. “But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change.”

James Walker, “Fauci Emails Show Experts Had Concern Covid Virus Could ‘Look Engineered’” At Newsweek

In a New York Times interview Dr. Andersen expands on what he meant by “inconsistent” with evolutionary theory …

Eric Holloway, “How a critic of intelligent design theory misunderstands the application of design inference” at Mind Matters News

Explanatory Filter. COVID-19.

Takehome: Would you be surprised to know that scientists close to Dr. Fauci used the explanatory filter to textbook perfection right at the beginning of the pandemic?

5 Replies to “From Eric Holloway: COVID-19’s Origins: Uses and Misuses of the Explanatory Filter

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    kairosfocus says:

    News, yes, that was noticed, the issue is, code sequences apparently not found in nature and part of the gain of function. KF

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    jerry says:

    Credit has to go to Nicholas Wade who started the ball rolling two months ago on May 3. He pointed to the origin of the furrin as essentially impossible. He’s a big evolutionary advocate. Also another evolutionary advocate, Bret Weinstein has been on the case for over a year and has essentially been black-balled. His latest

    Sudden Shift in COVID-19 Lab Leak Narrative ‘Mysterious’: Evolutionary Biologist

    The sudden shift in narrative over the possibility that COVID-19 could have emerged from a lab in Wuhan, China, is mysterious and contingent to “just how corrupt our system has become,” according to evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/sudden-shift-in-covid-19-lab-leak-narrative-mysterious-evolutionary-biologist_3884058.html

    Have to get behind the obstacles that the Epoch Times puts up in order to read it.

    So it’s possible for evolutionary biologists to be honest on some things.

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    Bob O'H says:

    Would you be surprised to know that scientists close to Dr. Anthony Fauci used the explanatory filter to textbook perfection right at the beginning of the pandemic?

    Yes it would. And your evidence is…

    According to emails obtained from Dr. Fauci, a scientist named Dr. Kristian Andersen followed the explanatory filter correctly to initially arrive at a design inference regarding the virus’ origin.

    So unless Dr. Anderson is also Dr. Fauci, Dr. Holloway might want to re-write that.

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    Ralph Dave Westfall says:

    “If the creation of SARS-CoV-2 was a conspiracy, the benefits of such a plan cannot be understood.”
    https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/93065

    Really? Any conspiracy theorist worth his salt could bring up the tanking of the US economy.

    Given the historic associations between the economy and elections (remember the 1992 campaign slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid”), if not for COVID-19 the president would likely have been reelected with solid majorities in both the House and the Senate.

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    ET says:

    1- The explanatory filter is standard operating procedure in science. It mandates that one follows Newton’s four rules of scientific reasoning.

    2- Does Bob O’H know how to read for comprehension? that scientists close to Dr. Anthony Fauci CLOSE TO means it isn’t Fauci, Bob.

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