Category: Mathematics

Order, Organization, Disorder, Disorganization — the role of specification in perception of design

Can I find examples that can fit any of the four following descriptions? Are some even impossible in principle? [Assume first that the artifact in question has high improbability (like a set of a million coins or as stream of a million bits) or high Shannon entropy. Also assume by "disordered" I mean Kolmogorov simple […] more

The price of cherry picking for addicted gamblers and believers in Darwinism

One evening at the Fitz Tunica casino, a lady playing blackjack at my table confided to me, “I’ve lost $500,000 playing blackjack. The entire inheritance my father left me,”. Her bankruptcy is like the bankruptcy of Darwinism. [Fitzgerald's casino in Tunica, Mississippi] Let us call her Jane, as in Jane Doe. As I tried to […] more

The Law of Large Numbers vs. KeithS, Eigenstate and my other TSZ critics

I went through a great deal of trouble to contest the idiosyncratic claim of a critic at TheSkepticalZone who said: if you have 500 flips of a fair coin that all come up heads, given your qualification (“fair coin”), that is outcome is perfectly consistent with fair coins, Comment in The Skeptical Zone This critic […] more

SSDD: a 22 sigma event is consistent with the physics of fair coins?

SSDD – Same Stuff, Different Darwinist. This time someone said at skeptical zone: if you have 500 flips of a fair coin that all come up heads, given your qualification (“fair coin”), that is outcome is perfectly consistent with fair coins, Comment in The Skeptical Zone So if someone has 500 fair coins, and he […] more

Darwin-doubting mathematician David Berlinski on why math IS really important

… contrary to what Darwinian evolutionary theorist E. O. Wilson thinks. more

Not only is there no scientific method, but biology does not need math – says prominent evolutionary biologist

If Wilson is right, current evolution theory has nothing to do with basic concepts like math. The popular TV talk shows will give you a much better idea of what you need to know. more

Siding with Mathgrrl on a point, and offering an alternative to CSI v2.0

There are two versions of the metric for Bill Dembski’s CSI. One version can be traced to his book No Free Lunch published in 2002. Let us call that “CSI v1.0″. Then in 2005 Bill published Specification the Pattern that Signifies Intelligence where he includes the identifier “v1.22″, but perhaps it would be better to […] more

ID Foundations, 17a: Footnotes on Conservation of Information, search across a space of possibilities, Active Information, Universal Plausibility/ Probability Bounds, guided search, drifting/ growing target zones/ islands of function, Kolmogorov complexity, etc.

(previous, here) There has been a recent flurry of web commentary on design theory concepts linked to the concept of functionally specific, complex organisation and/or associated information (FSCO/I) introduced across the 1970′s into the 1980′s  by Orgel and Wicken et al. (As is documented here.) This flurry seems to be connected to the announcement of […] more

Comprehensibility of the world

Albert Einstein, who was struck by the astonishing organization of the cosmos, said: “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible” and asked “How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?” […] more

The equations of evolution

For the Darwinists “evolution” by natural selection is what created all the species. Since they are used to say that evolution is well scientifically established as gravity, and given that Newton’s mechanics and Einstein’s relativity theory, which deal with gravitation, are plenty of mathematical equations whose calculations pretty well match with the data, one could […] more

Stirring the Pot, 2: Godel, the Incompleteness Theorem, Euler’s expression, and the Turing Machine dilemma

As we continue to stir the mathematics pot, BA 77 has given a link to a video on the significance of Godel’s discovery of incompleteness: embedded by Embedded VideoMetacafé Direkt (Pardon possible embed problems, the links work . . . I am doing this under travel related constraints) This one, gives a bit more of […] more

Stirring the pot: on the apparent mathematical ordering of reality, and linked worldview/ philosophical/ theological issues . . .

This morning, in the Gonzalez video post comment exchange, I saw where Mung raised a question about how Young Earth Creationists address the Old Cosmos, Old Earth implications of the view raised. I thought it useful to respond briefly, but then the wider connexions surfaced. I would like to stir the pot a bit [--> […] more

Some Problems can be Proved Unsolvable

Here are a couple of difficult mathematical problems for you to work on, in your spare time: Find positive integers x,y and z, such that x3+y3=z3. Draw a 2D map which is impossible to color (such that countries which share a border have different colors) with fewer than 5 colors. And here is a difficult […] more

Mathematics and Theology

I thought you all might be interested in an article I wrote titled Mathematics and Theology: Seeing to Infinity. The basic purpose of the article is to show how the “limit” concept from mathematics can be incorporated into theological reasoning. The larger purpose is to get theologians thinking more deeply about mathematics as a tool […] more

Design Detection with Conditional Kolmogorov Complexity

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! more

Integrating Non-physical Causation Into Cognitive Models

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. more

If math matters to science, we wouldn’t know it from scientists’ behaviour

“The most maths-heavy articles are referenced 50 per cent less often than those with little or no maths.” more

Coffee: Golden ratio put to music

To create a musical interpretation, Blake mapped the digits in the constant to musical notes. more

Why math matters. Also, can we get a word in for common sense?

“Mathematics is the language spoken by the professionals. The amateurs offer an alternative set of visions.” more

If seven equations rule the world, which one proves that Ken Miller’s Darwinism is right …

And should be forced on Americans for their own good? more

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