Category: Design inference


On Sept 23rd, I put up an essay challenge as captioned, primarily to objecting commenter Jerad. As at October 2nd, he has definitively said: no. Joe informs us that Zachriel has tried to brush it aside: Try Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859). It’s a bit dated and longer than 6,000 words, (the 6th edition is […] more

Design Inference vs. Design Hypothesis just published an article by me titled “Design Inference vs. Design Hypothesis.” Here is an excerpt: The logic of the design inference moves from a marker of intelligence (specified complexity) to an intelligence as causal agent responsible for that marker. The direction of this logic can, however, be reversed. Thus, instead, one can postulate […] more

It seems that TSZ objector to design, AF, insists on the long since corrected canard that design is a “default” inference

UD commenter Joe notes: Alan [Fox] amuses by not understanding the definition of “default”. He thinks the design inference is the default even though it is reached via research, observations, knowledge and experiences. To put this ill-founded but longstanding objection to the design inference — it is tantamount to an accusation of question-begging –  to […] more

On “seeing” — credibly knowing about — the invisible in science

Yesterday, following up from recent comment exchanges, I posted about the electron as an example of how we routinely deal with the invisible in science, and on how inductive — believe it or not that is now a fighting word — inference on sign is vital to science. This morning, I followed up on a […] more

For record: Questions on the logical and scientific status of design theory for objectors (and supporters)

Over the past several days, I have been highlighting poster children of illogic and want of civility that are too often found among critics to design theory – even, among those claiming to be standing on civility and to be posing unanswerable questions, challenges or counter-claims to design theory. I have also noticed the strong […] more

He said it: Toronto of TSZ etc on abductive inference to best explanation in science

The illustration to the right is a Hertzprung-Russell diagram of two star clusters, and is used to infer ages for these clusters. How is that done? Stellar clusters are gravitationally bound and so the stars seem to be of the same general age and composition, also they are at about the same distance from us. […] more

Ann, Darwinists dispute whatever they need to, like used car salesmen defending a lemon you bought.

Don’t even discuss it with them if you don’t have a big, stupid guy with you or, much better, a lawyer. more

It’s not easy being a Darwinian physician. One is always going off message.

He keeps yammering about design and then correcting himself. Of course, for medicine, he’s on message. Most doctors don’t believe Darwin anyway. more

Interesting question: Must the designer be more complex than the design?

“We must examine the core concept of ID, which is complex, specified information.” more

From Ann Gauger: More on the fact that life forms can’t eat wood

“First, Dr. Matti Leisola, the primary author of the paper, has worked on this subject for decades, and is widely respected … ” more

The paper: Life forms can’t digest wood: Why this is a problem for Darwinism

“The peculiar properties of lignin therefore make perfect sense when seen as part of a coherent design for the entire ecosystem of our planet. ” more

Design of life: Why can’t most life forms digest wood?

“In fact, the only organisms known to break it down require energy to do so.” more

Double-RNA structure directs bacterial protein scissors, used on foreign DNA

“Also, there is evidence to suggest that CRISPR loci are horizontally transferred in nature.” more

God or Alien, who done it? A review of Prometheus

In other words, the frustrating inability of Darwinian theory to unravel the mystery of how life began has caused many of its sympathizers to look elsewhere. more

Engineer says, the atom has a designer. Trolls disagree.

“The atom is a machine that provides multiple functions, and every machine is the product of intelligence. The atom must have a designer.” more

John Hockenberry’s TED talk: Does design require intent?

If design requires intent, what does intent require? Guess philosophy is back in business – and none too soon. more

New method of visualizing proteins shows need for intelligent design thinking.

“One of the main challenges for biochemists is to understand how these linear chains assemble into their correct structure given an astronomically large number of other possible forms,” more

Was the Tienanmen anniversary fall of the Chinese stock market an instance of specified complexity?

“‘Whoa, these figures are too freaky! Very cool!’ said a microblogger. ‘The opening figure and the drop are both too creepy,’ said another.” more

When the design inference goes bad …

It gets really scuzzy …. more

Honest recognition of the Monarch butterfly migration puzzle leaps from ID confabs to mainstream

“We know there is no learning component for the butterflies, because each migration is separated by two to three generations.” more

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