Category: Mathematics

No past infinity? But what about a minus past infinity?

Kirk Durston: It is impossible to count through the entire set of negative integers, from minus infinity to zero, one integer at a time. more

Skeptical mathematician on the decade’s biggest change in physics

Peter Woit: As we learn more about the Higgs the lesson seems to be that this sector of the Standard Model behaves in the simplest way possible. more

Mathematics challenges naturalism, says math prof

James Franklin: Artificial intelligence system that imitates genuine mathematical insight? No promising plans on the drawing board. more

Euler’s formula and intelligent design

As known, complex numbers are numbers of the form: z = x + i y where x is the real part, y is the imaginary part and “i” is the square root of -1. Complex numbers have many applications in science, where it is necessary, in the same time, to collect together and discriminate two […] more

Science, Worldviews & Society, 1: An argument from necessary (thus, eternal) truth to the reality of God as eternally contemplative . . . and, designing . . . Mind

This past month has been quite busy, and I have had but little time to respond to some questions on foundations of reality and modern theistic arguments from a budding young philosopher. (BTW, his 3 month post op check up has been positive I take occasion to publicly thank St. Georges Hospital, London and others.) […] more

Creationist RA Herrmann’s ID theory — the last magic on steroids!

First, an excerpt from Dr. Herrmann’s personal history: I was associated with the occult from birth, but in 1946 when I was 12 years old, I suddenly became extremely interested in occult manifestations and simultaneously became, what is sometimes called, a “mental giant” – indeed, a child scientist. I delved into any aspect of the […] more

Peter Woit, this is your call to conversion

Implying that Woit must be or may as well be a creationist is a way of sending him a message. more

Design recognition is possible in part because of finite human memory and limited human information

Why is it that humans can recognize the designs of other humans even for token objects like a system of 500 fair coins? Why does life resemble designs? Answer: designs frequently conform to simple organizing principles rather than explicit patterns. Simple organizing principles are a way to understand large amounts of data with our finite […] more

Illustrating embedded specification and specified improbability with specially labeled coins

The reason the 500-fair-coins-heads illustration has been devastating to the materialists is due to a fact that has somewhat escaped everyone until Neil Rickert (perhaps unwittingly) pointed it out: the sides of the coin are distinguishable, but not in a way that biases the probability. This fact guarantees that chance cannot construct recognizable symbolic organization, […] more

The paradox of almost definite knowledge in the face of maximum uncertainty — the basis of ID

When facing maximum uncertainty, it seems paradoxical that one can have great assurance about certain things. This has enormous relevance to ID because Darwinists will argue, “how can you be so certain of something when it is apparent there is great uncertainty in the system.” I will respond by saying, “when we have maximum uncertainty […] more

Did Polynesians invent the binary system centuries ago?

Or more. It’s possible. And did you know that some mathematicians advocate a switch to base-12 counting? more

The Fundamental Law of Intelligent Design

After being in the ID movement for 10 years, and suffering through many debates, if someone were to ask me what is the most fundamental law upon which the ID case rests, I would have to say it is the law of large numbers (LLN). It is the law that tells us that a set […] more

Sunday fun: Math genius (and Subway sandwich jockey) discovers new theory of prime numbers

Says article, His finding was the first time anyone had managed to put a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers, representing a major leap toward proving the centuries-old twin primes conjecture, which posits that there are infinitely many pairs of primes separated by only two (such as 11 and 13). more

Friday Fun: Bible code? Naw, probably not, but secret codes in written material are nothing new

It is possible to code a surprising amount of information in a book, pamphlet, or note (which already features specified complexity) by specifying which elements will also be part of the secondary meaning. more

TED talk: Mathematics as the science of patterns

Arthur Benjamin on the magic of Fibonacci numbers, and their prevalence in nature. more

Sunday nite fun: English composer wrote unbreakable (?) cipher

A few quite accomplished cryptanalysts insist they have solved it. But the Elgar Society begs to differ. more

Here’s mathematician Granville Sewell on how to challenge a scientific consensus

Come to think of it, Sewell is probably way better known for making us think about the consensus than he would have been if he had just shouted with the noise and not above it, like so many have chosen to do. more

Let’s just end infinity and be done with it?

The trouble with infinity is that it is apt to exhaust anything you might want to say about it. more

Is mathematics real or not?

Butterworth: ” A set of two cups is different from a set of two electrons so twoness can’t have the same causal property for cups and electrons.” more

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Five – Basener on limits of chaos – Conclusion

Chaos and nonlinear dynamical systems contribute nothing to the ongoing increase in complexity or evolutionary fitness of biological systems. more

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