Category: Comp. Sci. / Eng.
|September 5, 2012||Posted by scordova under Biophysics, Comp. Sci. / Eng., Complex Specified Information, ID Foundations, Informatics, Physics, Self-Org. Theory|
In order for a biological system to have more biological complexity, it often requires a substantial increase in thermodynamic entropy, not a reduction of it, contrary to many intuitions among creationists and IDists. This essay is part II of a series that began with Part 1 The physicist Fred Hoyle famously said: The chance that […]
|September 4, 2012||Posted by scordova under Biophysics, Comp. Sci. / Eng., Complex Specified Information, ID Foundations, Informatics, Physics, Self-Org. Theory|
The common belief is that adding disorder to a designed object will destroy the design (like a tornado passing through a city, to paraphrase Hoyle). Now if increasing entropy implies increasing disorder, creationists will often reason that “increasing entropy of an object will tend to destroy its design”. This essay will argue mathematically that this […]
|August 26, 2012||Posted by scordova under Comp. Sci. / Eng., ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality|
The existence of bad design, broken design, and cruelty in the world inspires some of the strongest arguments against the Intelligent Design of life and the universe. I consider the “bad design” argument the most formidable of the anti-ID arguments put forward, but in the end it is shallow and flawed. I will attempt to […]
|July 28, 2012||Posted by andyjones under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Genomics, Intelligent Design, The Design of Life|
Intelligent Design is relatively new in its present form. Proponents often argue that there are features of biology that look like engineering, and in particular, that the programming of life, the DNA software that goes along with the cellular hardware, is analogous to the programming of computers. However, we haven’t yet been able to fully […]
|July 17, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Intelligent Design, News|
But surely the point is that computer doesn’t NEED to find anything.
|July 15, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., News, Origin Of Life|
Principal fact: The same information can be conveyed by a blackboard, an email, skywriting or voice.
|July 14, 2012||Posted by johnnyb under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Complex Specified Information, Engineering, ID Foundations, Informatics, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Media, Philosophy, Video|
Next up in the Engineering and Metaphysics series is a presentation by Winston Ewert. This one is on a new informatics metric, called conditional Kolmogorov complexity. Check it out!
|July 12, 2012||Posted by johnnyb under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Engineering, ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Media, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Video|
For the next installment of the Engineering and Metaphysics Conference Videos, we have a talk on setting up a testable line between physical and non-physical causation, as well as how one can integrate non-physical causation into models of cognitive processes.
|July 3, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity|
“I tend to think that the concept of computational irreducibility is probably the answer to the philosophical debates of the past two thousand years about the relationship between free will and determinism.”
|June 30, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Intelligent Design, Mind, News|
In fact, the machine needs no genuine intelligence because it is automating the work of a human being who has both intelligence and purpose.
|June 6, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Mind, News|
Or is that an analogy that just doesn’t really work?
|June 4, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Mind, News|
“Just when every successive wave of peers and rivals thinks they have got his number, Anand sees that one, all important, absolute move.”
|March 21, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., News|
“The character Data is a person in just the same way that every other character in literature is a person — and a human person, at that.”
|March 20, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., News|
” All computer algorithms that ever have or ever will exist are the antithesis of agents. “
|March 19, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., News|
And Data’s cat is training him just fine. See the vid.
|February 27, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Mind, News|
“… paradoxically enough, this passion had less to do with philosophy than with blasphemy, hypochondria, and a cheerful and Frankensteinian hubris.”
|January 20, 2012||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Darwinism, News|
With special reference to ev, AVIDA, and WEASEL.
|December 13, 2011||Posted by GilDodgen under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Darwinism, Intelligent Design|
I work for a great company. I frequently ask for permission to be sent away for training in state-of-the-art computational technology — computer simulations that involve finite element analysis (FEA), Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian/Fluid Structure Interaction (ALE/FSI), and Navier-Stokes Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Today I spent the day with a group of brilliant students and a […]
|October 22, 2011||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Culture, Evolution, News|
The next step might be the end of distinct species and the beginning of a more symbiotic life.
|May 28, 2011||Posted by News under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Evolution|
… it doesn’t evolve. Remember when AVIDA proved Darwin right? These results provide evidence that low-impact mutations can present a substantial barrier to progressive evolution by natural selection. Understanding mutation is of primary importance, as selection depends on the mutational production of new genotypes. Numerous changes that would be beneficial may nevertheless fail to occur […]