|July 31, 2014||Posted by DLH under Biophysics, Cell biology, Conservation of Information, Darwinism, Entropy, extinction, Genetics, Informatics, Intelligent Design, Natural selection|
Mutations are used to explain evolution but also cause cancer. Biologists have discovered conditions for multiple mutations. Can we therefore infer that evolution via mutations is more likely? or that enhanced mutations will cause faster species degradation and extinction? Biologists describe mechanism promoting multiple DNA mutations DNA mutations—long known to fuel cancer as well as […]
Debating Darwin and Design A dialogue between two Christians 1. Is Intelligent Design science or ‘creationism in a cheap tuxedo’? 21st July 2014 Joshua Gidney – Fourth Response I wish to begin this response by thanking Francis for his refreshingly substantive and engaging rebuttal. I believe that in his critique of ID, he has stepped up several […]
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 […]
|May 4, 2014||Posted by News under Informatics, Intelligent Design, Mind, News|
original ideas are just the sort of thing that can’t by their nature be automated. The iThinkbot isn’t going to work out any better than the iCarebot.
|March 31, 2014||Posted by News under Informatics, News|
Because information underlies the universe?
|March 21, 2014||Posted by Eric Anderson under Complex Specified Information, Design inference, ID Foundations, Informatics|
In my first post I discussed the concept of information, in particular whether information is contained in a physical object by its mere existence. In this post I would like to consider an additional issue relating to information, namely, the point at which information arises or comes into existence. Information is often closely associated with […]
|March 19, 2014||Posted by Eric Anderson under Complex Specified Information, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Design inference, ID Foundations, Informatics|
First of all I want to thank the Uncommon Descent moderators for allowing me to post, with a particular hat tip to StephenB. As I indicated on a prior thread, I am not sure how often I will take the time to create a new thread, but hopefully I can occasionally post something of interest. […]
|March 18, 2014||Posted by News under Informatics, News|
The nice thing about getting past materialism and naturalism is that one can start to ask such questions.
|March 15, 2014||Posted by News under Informatics, Intelligent Design|
Information cannot be reduced to matter but can be transmitted immaterially across media.
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Cambrian explosion, Informatics, Intelligent Design, News|
A friend writes to say that, listening to the Steve Meyer vs. Charles Marshall radio debate, he sensed that the message regarding the centrality of “information” to the history of life is starting get across.
|February 26, 2014||Posted by News under Cambrian explosion, Informatics, Intelligent Design, News|
Tyler writes, Shannon’s theory of information (when applied to the animal genome) has the merit of mathematical rigour, but Meyer shows that this approach gives insight only into a sequence’s capacity to carry information. Whether the sequence is functional is undetermined
|February 11, 2014||Posted by niwrad under Informatics, Intelligent Design|
While most people agree that simple laws/rules per se cannot create information, some believe that algorithms are capable to do that. This seems an odd idea, because algorithms, i.e. sets of instructions, after all can be considered complex laws/rules, or set of rules, sort of generalizations of rules. The usual and simplest example some evolutionists […]
|February 4, 2014||Posted by News under Informatics, News|
“The more I have pondered the mystery of the quantum and our strange ability to comprehend this world in which we live, the more I see possible fundamental roles for logic and information as the bedrock of physical theory.”
|January 22, 2014||Posted by johnnyb under Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Informatics, Intelligent Design|
One of my favorite biologists is Gunter Wagner. He makes the claim in Genome Biology and Evolution that evolvability and modularity are highly associated. While not proof of a requirement, I think that Wagner is on the right track. In fact, this sort of research can actually bridge the gap between Intelligent Design and Evolutionary […]
|November 29, 2013||Posted by News under Informatics, News|
Information transmitted by nobody at all to somebody (a moth predator). Information that happens to be false,which probably increases the complexity.
|November 17, 2013||Posted by DLH under Free Speech, Informatics, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, language, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Philosophy|
Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? The debate continues with a new publication. But the new study by Han-Gue Jo and colleagues of Freiburg makes a strong case that the “RP” is not really a ‘thing’ at all. They say that, in the two seconds before a button press, you see both negative and positive […]
|November 5, 2013||Posted by niwrad under Darwinism, Informatics|
Actually the available hardware computing power is enormous and the software technologies are very sophisticated and powerful. Given the above fortunate situation about the technological advance of informatics, many phenomena and processes in many fields are successfully computer simulated. Routinely airplane pilots and astronauts learn their job in dedicated simulators, and complex processes, as weather […]
|October 27, 2013||Posted by News under Informatics, Intelligent Design, News|
Bencze: A successful eco-coinage was put in play by environmentalist Amory Lovins after he came upon it by accident.
|October 21, 2013||Posted by niwrad under Darwinism, Informatics, Intelligent Design|
Industry is constantly searching for technologies to maximize profits and minimize costs. Software industry is no exception (the world software market exceeded $300 billion). Actually some computers can process quadrillions floating-point operations per second (10^15 flops). It would be technically possible to implement on such computers the paradigm of unguided evolution (random variation + selection) […]
Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 12—“Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information?”—Excerpt
|September 3, 2013||Posted by News under Cornell Conference, Informatics, Natural selection|
Authors: The primary findings of this study are that the selection threshold problem is real and that it is more serious than generally recognized. These findings are very robust.