There is some dispute about whether I’m representing Alan Fox’s views about man-made designs accurately. He’s about the nicest guy I’ve met on the net with an opposing view — so sorry in advance to Alan for picking on him…
The forum where we had the following exchange seems dead. Here is my summary of the salient points of the exchange:
Sal: Is a man-made design an example of intelligent design?
Alan Fox: NO!!!
Sal: Given what you said, is the Space Shuttle an example of intelligent design? How about GMOs?
Alan Fox: Nothing is an example of intelligent design unless you want to tell me what “intelligent design” is other than the creationist ploy we both know it to be.
Alan is saying that he was quoted out of context. I suggested maybe the best way to settle the dispute about what Alan believes is to let Alan answer these questions in his own words.
Are man made designs intelligent designs?
Is the space shuttle a man-made design?
Are features of the GMO’s man-made designs?
If man made designs are intelligent designs, are space shuttles then intelligently designed?
If man made designs are intelligent designs, are features of the GMO then intelligently designed?
Is the space shuttle an example of intelligent design?
Are GMOs an example of intelligent design?
These questions are relevant to the question of what the Explanatory Filter can detect. These question came up in relation to this discussion “Specified Improbability” and Bill’s letter to me from way back