Category: ID Foundations
|March 19, 2014||Posted by Eric Anderson under Informatics, Design inference, ID Foundations, Complex Specified Information, Darwinist rhetorical tactics|
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. […]
|January 28, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Video, ID Foundations, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, They said it . . .|
VJT has recently posted on what kind of cosmos God made, remarking on the Don Johnson bioinformatics lecture. He linked but didn’t embed, so here is the lecture: embedded by Embedded Videovimeo Direkt And, here is the handout. No comments — go to VJT’s thread. OOPS, something funny there so I open back up comments […]
|January 28, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under science education, academic freedom, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Selective Hyperskepticism, They said it . . ., Darwinist rhetorical tactics|
Good day, my name is JoeG and I would like to get something out in the open and hopefully have it become fully understood by everyone. For decades I have been debating against evolutionism and for decades I have been told that my position is “anti-evolution.” I found that strange because my position allows for […]
ID Foundations 23: Dr Stephen Meyer on The Design Inference on Complex [often, Functionally] Specified Information and the Origin of Cell-based Life (OoL)
|January 9, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under The Design of Life, Irreducible Complexity, ID Foundations, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization|
This lecture by Dr Stephen Meyer of Discovery Institute, with Q & A may be a good refresher and focus for thought on OoL, HT WK: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt WK — a useful blog to bookmark and monitor to see trends and issues — gives a helpful bullet point outline, in part: intelligent […]
ID Foundations, 22: What about evolutionary trees of descent and homologies? (An answer to Jaceli123’s presentation of a typical icon of evolution . . . )
As has been noted, sometimes people come to UD looking for answers to questions about what they have been taught regarding “Evolution”; typically in the context of indoctrination under the Lewontinian ideological a priori materialism that he outlined thusly in his infamous 1997 NYRB article: [T]he problem is to get [the general public] to reject […]
“I’ve grown accustomed to your face . . . ” — headlining a comment by ayearningforpublius to pose the question of origin of a significant case of FSCO/I . . . functionally specific, complex organization and/or associated information
|December 28, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Intelligent Design, Design inference, ID Foundations, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization|
New UD commenter ayearningforpublius has put up a comment on the implications of facial recognition, several times. I think it significant enough as a case of FSCO/I and the challenge of addressing its origin, to headline it. But first, let’s put up the vid clip he links: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Now, his remarks: […]
|December 27, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Atheism, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Logic and First Principles of right reason, They said it . . ., Darwinist rhetorical tactics|
On Christmas Day, WJM put the following hypothetical conversation in a comment. Since he has not headlined it himself, as promised yesterday, I now do so: Typical debate with an anti-ID advocate: ID advocate: There are certain things that exist that are best explained by intelligent design. Anti-ID advocate: Whoa! Hold up there, fella. “Explained”, […]
ID Foundations, 21: MF — “as a materialist I believe intelligence to be a blend of the determined and random so for me that is not a third type of explanation” . . . a root worldview assumption based cause for rejecting the design inference emerges into plain view
|December 24, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Philosophy, Atheism, Design inference, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, They said it . . .|
In the OK thread, in comment 50, ID objector Mark Frank has finally laid out the root of ever so many of the objections to the design inference filter. Unsurprisingly, it is a worldview based controlling a priori of materialism: [re EA] #38 [MF, in 50:] I see “chance” as usually meaning to “unpredictable” or […]
The famous Feynman Lectures on Physics hosted free for all by Caltech (and taking a peek at entropy . . . )
|December 7, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Education, Physics, science education, ID Foundations, thermodynamics and information|
Christmas is early this year. Here are the famous Feynman Lectures on Physics (Vol II is forthcoming) hosted for free by Caltech. A useful point of reference for one and all. Just for fun, note here on on entropy, irreversibility and the rise of disorder: Where does irreversibility come from? It does not come from […]
|December 6, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Design inference, Fine tuning, Cosmology, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Astronomy, Privileged planet|
Yesterday, News put up a post on the mysterious origins of the moon, invoking a classic song on being caught between the Moon and New York City. (Niwrad added a post here on the multiverse that is also worth seeing. Kindly bear in mind this earlier ID Foundations post on fine tuning.) Mahuna aptly comments: […]
|October 29, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Comp. Sci. / Eng., ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization|
For some little while now, RDF/AIGuy has been advocating a strong AI claim here at UD. In an exchange in the ongoing is ID fatally flawed thread, he has said: 222: Computers are of course not conscious. Computers of course can be creative, and computers are of course intelligent agents. Now before you blow a […]
|October 1, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Intelligent Design, Design inference, ID Foundations|
HT, ENV. Let’s Embed, from here: Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. And, let us discuss. END
|September 27, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, FYI-FTR, Darwinist rhetorical tactics||
Sometimes, it is necessary to shine a spotlight on behaviour that is beyond the pale of reasonable civil discourse. Especially if, after repeated attempts to call for correction, we see instead the blog owner — here, EL of TSZ — and others insistently pretending that such falls within the circle of reasonable freedom of expression. […]
|September 25, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Evolution, Darwinism, Origin Of Life, ID Foundations, UD's Pro-Darwinism essay Challenge|
It seems we can now put together at least a draft outline composite response to the UD pro-darwinism essay challenge of a year ago, based on Jerad’s remarks at 70 in the one-year anniversary thread, and a key concession by EL at 149 in the same. In the interests of moving the discussion on the […]
UD Pro-Darwinism essay challenge unanswered a year later, I: Let’s get the essence of design theory as a scientific, inductive inference straight
Today marks a full year since I issued an open challenge to Darwinists to ground their theory and its OOL extension and root, in light of actually observed capabilities of blind watchmaker mechanisms of chance and necessity through an essay I would host here at UD. The pivot of the challenge is the modern version […]
Ran across this Biola video lecture (in course BB ST 450) on scientism in a thread from a few months back, HT BA77 as usual. I think it is well worth pondering: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt So, thoughts? END
They said it: “in the spirit of Carthago delenda est . . . ” — AF issues a strawman fallacy-tainted challenge to design thought
|August 7, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Design inference, ID Foundations, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, They said it . . ., FYI-FTR, Darwinist rhetorical tactics|
Longtime design objector AF has just issued an inadvertently revealing challenge in the Info by accident thread: AF, 224: >> And in the spirit of Carthago delenda est if anyone has a testable hypothesis of “Intelligent Design”, that would be good, too!>> This is brazen, and utterly revealing. Cato’s “Carthage must fall” was a declaration […]
RDF/AIG as a case of the incoherence and rhetorical agenda of evolutionary materialist thought and/or its fellow- traveller ideologies
For the past several weeks, there has been an exchange that developed in the eduction vs persuasion thread (put up May 9th by AndyJones), on first principles of right reason and related matters. Commenter RDF . . . has championed some popular talking points in today’s intellectual culture. We can therefore pick up from a […]
REFERENCE: The Smith Model, an architecture for cybernetics and mind-body/ free will/ determinism/ compatibilism analysis . . .
|June 4, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Human evolution, Animal minds, Neuroscience, Evolutionary psychology, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Cybernetics and Mechatronics|
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 […]
|May 30, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Origin Of Life, Video, Fine tuning, Cosmology, Multiverse, ID Foundations|
WK has pointed out a vid sequence at YouTube, in which Dr Gonzalez lays out a good summary of the privileged planet thesis. Here is the start: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt WK (what, you haven’t bookmarked and speed-dialled this blog yet? tut, tut! . . . ) summarises on points of significance for reflection: […]
WK (what, you haven’t bookmarked and speed-dialled this blog yet? tut, tut! . . . ) summarises on points of significance for reflection:
- What is the Copernican Principle?
- Is the Earth’s suitability for hosting life rare in the universe?
- Does the Earth have to be the center of the universe to be special?
- How similar to the Earth does a planet have to be to support life?
- What is the definition of life?
- What are the three minimal requirements for life of any kind?
- Requirement 1: A molecule that can store information (carbon)
- Requirement 2: A medium in which chemicals can interact (liquid water)
- Requirement 3: A diverse set of chemical elements
- What is the best environment for life to exist?
- Our place in the solar system: the circumstellar habitable zone
- Our place in the galaxy: the galactic habitable zones
- Our time in the universe’s history: the cosmic habitable age
- Other habitability requirements (e.g. – metal-rich star, massive moon, etc.)
- The orchestration needed to create a habitable planet
- How different factors depend on one another through time
- How tweaking one factor can adversely affect other factors
- How many possible places are there in the universe where life could emerge?
- Given these probabilistic resources, should we expect that there is life elsewhere?
- How to calculate probabilities using the “Product Rule”
- Can we infer that there is a Designer just because life is rare? Or do we need more?
There’s more there too.
Such as, this thought or two on design inferences in the broader sense:
- Are the habitable places in the universe also the best places to do science?
- Do the factors that make Earth habitable also make it good for doing science?
- Some places and times in the history of the universe are more habitable than others
- Those exact places and times also allow us to make scientific discoveries
I think this vid sequence is a very good use for an hour of our time. END
PS: This review paper on the habitable Zones concept is also well worth perusing.