Category: Cybernetics and Mechatronics
|November 26, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under brains and computation vs contemplation, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Darwinist rhetorical tactics|
First, a happy thanksgiving. Then, while digesting turkey etc, here is something to ponder. One of the underlying issues surrounding the debates over the design inference is the question of responsible, rational freedom as a key facet of intelligent action, as opposed to blind chance and/or mechanical necessity. It has surfaced again, e.g. the WD400 […]
|March 15, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, ID Foundations, Molecular Animations, Selective Hyperskepticism, thermodynamics and information|
It seems to be time to call in the energy audit police. Let us explain, in light of an ongoing sharp exchange on “compensating” arguments in the illusion of organising energy thread. This morning Piotr, an objector (BTW — and this is one time where expertise base is relevant — a Linguist), at 288 dismissed […]
|January 26, 2015||Posted by niwrad under Biology, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Informatics, Intelligent Design|
Sorry if this post is a bit for computer programmers, anyway I trust that also the others can grasp the overall picture. Evolutionists claim that what it takes to evolution to work is simply “a populations of replicators, random variations on them, and a competition for survival or resources”. Today we will try to partially […]
|January 13, 2015||Posted by niwrad under Cell biology, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Intelligent Design|
John von Neumann, in his mid-1950s ground breaking studies about the mathematical theory of self-reproducing automata, argued that self-replication basically involves: — import of materials; — symbolic description/instructions; — memory; — constructor; — controller. He developed his theory before the discovery of DNA and the cellular machinery based on information processing. Here I will deal […]
|November 16, 2014||Posted by News under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Naturalism, News|
It is easy for a clever but lazy writer to attack virtue. Especially unfashionable virtue. It is also easy to attack unfashionable facts.
|July 19, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Astronomy, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Intelligent Design, News, Science|
This weekend, the Apollo 11 Moon Landing happened forty-five years ago to day and date. Video: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt I remember sitting on the stone ledge of our patio after church on Sunday, July 20, 1969 sipping a drink as radio carried the story of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Then, that evening […]
|June 13, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Artificial Intelligence, brains and computation vs contemplation, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, ID Foundations|
Design theory infers to design on inductive inference on tested reliable empirical signs. While many are disinclined to accept such inferences on matters linked to origins, that says more about lab coat clad materialist ideological a prioris and their cultural influences than it does about the actual balance of evidence on the merits. But also, […]
|May 15, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Animal minds, brains and computation vs contemplation, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Darwinist rhetorical tactics|
One of the underlying debates linked to the design issue is the notorious mind-brain gap challenge. It keeps coming up, and on both sides of the ID debate. I would therefore like to spark a bit of discussion with a clip from a Scott Aaronson Physics course lecture: >> . . . If we interpret […]
Transcendence and the materialist hope for eternity, resurrection and paradise . . . but computation is not contemplation
|May 4, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Informatics, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
The UK Independent is noting how Stephen Hawking says of the Film on AI, Transcendence — plot summary here at wiki, that ‘Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence – but are we taking AI seriously enough?’ First off, I think “implications” is probably over the top — we seem to be more looking […]
|April 20, 2014||Posted by News under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Intelligent Design, Mind, News|
Maybe they had better build the humanchine first, and it can then advise them on producing a film with a better box office.
|April 20, 2014||Posted by News under Culture, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Intelligent Design, News, Religion|
Remember this when people tell you that traditional faiths feature unreasonable beliefs.
|April 16, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Big Bang, Cell biology, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
I think we need to watch a video by Friend of UD, Kirk Durston. But first, a loop-back note: I have been rather busy elsewhere with issues like AS-AD, Kondratiev waves, Hayek’s investment triangle, SD and Schumpeterian creative destruction.(Pardon the resulting absence.) BTW, this line of thought leads me to hold that the oh- so- […]
|April 15, 2014||Posted by scordova under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Humor, News|
The fallacious results of the Avida computer simulation were used in the infamous Kitmiller vs. Dover trial to argue in favor of Darwinian evolution. Using the evidence from the Avida simulation and other testimony, Judge Jones ruled that it is illegal to contest Darwinism for all time. Prosecution witness Robert Pennock claimed in sworn testimony […]
|January 13, 2014||Posted by niwrad under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Darwinism|
In automatic control theory “homeostasis” is defined as the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant. Homeostasis is a fundamental concept in biology because is what allows the life of organisms. In fact, it maintains the stability of the organisms in response to changes […]
|October 2, 2013||Posted by News under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Darwinism, News|
In short, , like we said, Darwinism provides no insight or guidance whatever.
REFERENCE: The Smith Model, an architecture for cybernetics and mind-body/ free will/ determinism/ compatibilism analysis . . .
|June 4, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Animal minds, Atheism, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Evolutionary psychology, Human evolution, ID Foundations, Neuroscience, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Since the issue of agent freedom and cause has again come up, it is worth the while to post the following summary on the Smith Model for agent cause and cybernetics, from the IOSE unit on minds etc: __________ >>(c) Of neurons, brains and minds The neuron (in its various types) is the key building […]
|June 3, 2013||Posted by niwrad under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Informatics, Intelligent Design, Mind, Science fiction|
The so called “strong Artificial Intelligence” (AI) has some relations with evolutionism because both imply a “more” coming from a “less” and both are products of a materialist reductionist worldview. In evolutionism they believe that life arises from non life, and, similarly, in AI they believe that the intelligent comes from the non intelligent, that […]
|January 23, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under Cell biology, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity, Molecular Animations, Video|
For some months now, I have been having a behind the scenes correspondence with a regular viewer of UD, whom we shall call EP. He works with industrial robots, and has been fascinated by the way the ribosome works as a nano-scale automated machine cell. Accordingly, a process sequence diagram (‘map”) has been developed, based […]
|January 18, 2012||Posted by News under Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Informatics, News, Philosophy|
It also lists some applied ID papers.
|December 25, 2011||Posted by kairosfocus under Cell biology, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, ID Foundations, Irreducible Complexity, Molecular Animations, Video|
Sometimes, seeing is believing. Here is a nice, short summary of the kinesin microtubule highway “walking truck” protein in action: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt This vid gives a bit of context: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Especially notice the role played by Brownian motion, and that played by ATP. So, post turkey and pudding […]
This vid gives a bit of context:
Especially notice the role played by Brownian motion, and that played by ATP.
So, post turkey and pudding vid no 3: ATP Synthase in action:
Walking trucks in the cell, fuelled by batteries made in a molecular factory that uses a nanotech motor . . .
And, a highway network that has to go where it is needed, with need for directions — that delivery truck has to know where to go, when!
And the best explanation for all of this functionally specific, complex organisation and required information is . . . ?
I guess it would be helpful to reflect here on Denton’s classic word-picture:
[[Denton, Michael, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, Adler, 1986, pp. 327 – 331. This work is a classic that is still well worth reading. Emphases added. (NB: The 2009 work by Stephen Meyer of Discovery Institute, Signature in the Cell, brings this classic argument up to date. The main thesis of the book is that: “The universe is comprised of matter, energy, and the information that gives order [[better: functional organisation] to matter and energy, thereby bringing life into being. In the cell, information is carried by DNA, which functions like a software program. The signature in the cell is that of the master programmer of life.” Given the sharp response that has provoked, the onward e-book responses to attempted rebuttals, Signature of Controversy, would also be excellent, but sobering and sometimes saddening, reading.) ]
And, again, you say the best explanation is . . . ? END