Intelligent Design

Utterly Unsupported Speculation Presented as Fact

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That’s the materialist/Darwinist way, which is quintessentially antithetical to the scientific enterprise. Here we learn that:

The earliest cells were unstable chemical systems that survived by combining a handful of shaky carbon-based assemblies together, researchers say.

How do “researchers” know that the earliest cells were unstable chemical systems that survived by combining a handful of shaky carbon-based assemblies together? They know no such thing. They just made it all up. All evidence suggests that the earliest cells must have been highly sophisticated information-processing systems. There is no known chemical or stochastic mechanism that can accomplish this task.

The most important point is to notice the rhetoric: The earliest cells were… This is a statement of certitude — essentially a statement of fact.

The title of the article referenced above is: How the first life on Earth struggled to survive. An honest title would be: Yet more unsupported speculation about how the first life on Earth struggled to survive.

3 Replies to “Utterly Unsupported Speculation Presented as Fact

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    Mike LaFontaine says:

    It looks like the people who wrote the actual paper did a lot of statistical analysis, rather than actual lab work. I can’t believe anyone would think that probability and statistics would prove anything. Seems like statistical analysis is just slapping some numerical window dressing around wild-a** guesses.

    Link to actual PLOS paper

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    Barb says:

    As Mark Twain noted, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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    Collin says:

    I read about some researchers who used a statistical method (stylometry) to determine which of 3 people wrote a certain book. They decided that potential author # 3 was more likely than any of the other three to have written the book, therefore he wrote the book. But the obvious flaw is that it wasn’t settled that the author had to be one of the three. In other words, that same method could have shown that I was the most likely author and yet, obviously, I didn’t write it.

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