|December 28, 2016||Posted by News under Engineering, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Science|
Terraforming means trying to make Mars capable of supporting lots of life, like Earth. From Monash philosopher Robert Sparrow at Nautilus: Enthusiasts often advertise space exploration as an opportunity to be virtuous. “To boldly go”—as they say in Star Trek—is valuable mostly because courage is a virtue. But one can’t have the opportunity to develop […]
|November 7, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Engineering, Informatics, Intelligent Design, UD Guest Posts|
UD has a broad and deep pool of readers and occasional contributors from across the world that have a lot to say, things that are well worth pondering. In this case, I am more than happy to host a guest post in which physicist and computer scientist ES (who hails from Russia) argues the thesis: […]
|June 29, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Biophysics, Engineering, Genomics, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Video|
In this next installment from the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism (AM-Nat) conference, Salvador Cordova gives us his perspective on epistemology, which he calls “Gambler’s Epistemology,” which intends to be a metaphysically neutral way of analyzing claims based on their costs and payoff possibilities. Cordova shows that naturalism does not have a history of high payoffs, […]
|June 17, 2016||Posted by Eric Anderson under 'Junk DNA', Chemistry, Complex Specified Information, Engineering, Information, Just For Fun|
Over on this thread we’ve had a lively discussion, primarily about common descent. However, one of the key side discussions has focused on the information required to build an organism. Remarkably, some have argued that essentially nothing is required except a parts list on a digital storage medium. Yes, you heard right. Given the right […]
|October 15, 2014||Posted by Eric Anderson under Darwinism, Engineering, Evolution, Irreducible Complexity|
It finally happened. I’ve been nursing along my car’s transmission for several months (careful driving, changing the fluids, etc.), but last week it finally failed completely, with an accompanying whump! and a jerk, and the car had to be towed to the auto repair shop. The initial hope was that a regular tear-down and cleanout, […]
|October 9, 2014||Posted by News under Darwinism, Engineering, Intelligent Design|
The “bad design” argument gets worse every time we hear about it.
|March 4, 2014||Posted by News under Engineering, Mind, Neuroscience|
A new methodology of cognitive modeling that can include non-material elements.
|March 3, 2014||Posted by News under Engineering, Intelligent Design, News|
The discipline of engineering presumes certain foundational truths that are not reducible to mathematical formulas. It presupposes certain things about creativity, beauty, and abstraction in order to operate effectively.
|January 24, 2014||Posted by News under Biomimicry, Engineering, Intelligent Design, News|
Life form’s amazing eyes “must be” self-organized, can’t be engineered from top down, we are assured
|December 10, 2013||Posted by scordova under Chemistry, Comp. Sci. / Eng., Complex Specified Information, Engineering, News, Physics|
In terms of textbook thermodynamics, a functioning Lamborghini has more thermal entropy than that same Lamborghini with its engine and other vital parts removed. But intuitively we view such a destruction of a functioning Lamborghini as an increase in entropy and not a decrease of entropy. Something about this example seems downright wrong… To fix […]
|October 18, 2013||Posted by News under Engineering, News|
And breathes AIR. This is real.
|September 12, 2013||Posted by scordova under Biomimicry, Engineering, News|
First gear discovered With two diminutive legs locked into a leap-ready position, the tiny jumper bends its body taut like an archer drawing a bow. At the top of its legs, a minuscule pair of gears engage—their strange, shark-fin teeth interlocking cleanly like a zipper. And then, faster than you can blink, think, or see […]
|April 24, 2013||Posted by DonaldM under Cosmology, Design inference, Engineering, Intelligent Design, Philosophy|
The Omega watch company’s co-axial chronometer is billed as the most precise mechanical device in the world. In their video ad featured here, the images associate the intricate design of the cosmos with the design of the watch…a classic teleological argument. The implication seems to be that the intricate, superb design of the watch is […]
|July 28, 2012||Posted by johnnyb under Engineering, Ethics, Philosophy, Society, Spirituality, Video|
In our final video for the Engineering and Metaphysics conference, we have Dr. Walter Bradley, famous in ID circles for his book, The Mystery of Life’s Origin. Here Dr. Bradley shares with us his work on helping relieve poverty in third-world countries through engineering. He also tells us about practices that people attempt to use […]
|July 24, 2012||Posted by johnnyb under Cell biology, Cosmology, Engineering, Intelligent Design, Physics, Science, Video|
In the next video for the Engineering and Metaphysics conference, we have our keynote speaker, Walter Bradley, author of The Mystery of Life’s Origin (the book which kicked off the Intelligent Design movement). Here Bradley presents an overview of the cosmological case for design. Lots of interesting information from the man who started it all! […]
|July 23, 2012||Posted by News under Engineering, Genetics, News|
“Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart.”
|July 18, 2012||Posted by johnnyb under Engineering, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Spirituality, Video|
Next up in our Engineering and Metaphysics conference lineup is Baylor’s William Jordan. Jordan compares the way that physics models relate to engineering with the way that theological models relate to religious practice. He looks at how innovation works in both theological and physical models, and how engineers and practitioners should treat them. He also […]
|July 17, 2012||Posted by johnnyb under Biophysics, Books of interest, Engineering, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Physics, Spirituality, Video|
In Bejan’s “Design in Nature”, Bejan promotes what he calls the “constructal law,” which states, “For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it.” Bejan has denied that this relates at all to any […]
|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.