Category: Mathematics
TED talk: Mathematics as the science of patterns
November 9, 2013  Posted by News under Mathematics, News 
Arthur Benjamin on the magic of Fibonacci numbers, and their prevalence in nature.
Sunday nite fun: English composer wrote unbreakable (?) cipher
October 20, 2013  Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News 
A few quite accomplished cryptanalysts insist they have solved it. But the Elgar Society begs to differ.
Here’s mathematician Granville Sewell on how to challenge a scientific consensus
September 5, 2013  Posted by News under academic freedom, Mathematics 
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.
Let’s just end infinity and be done with it?
August 16, 2013  Posted by News under Mathematics, News 
The trouble with infinity is that it is apt to exhaust anything you might want to say about it.
Is mathematics real or not?
August 6, 2013  Posted by News under Mathematics, News 
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.”
Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Five – Basener on limits of chaos – Conclusion
July 25, 2013  Posted by News under Cornell Conference, Mathematics 
Chaos and nonlinear dynamical systems contribute nothing to the ongoing increase in complexity or evolutionary fitness of biological systems.
Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Five Abstract
July 19, 2013  Posted by News under Cornell Conference, Mathematics, Natural selection 
In a mathematical evolutionary dynamical system driven by increasing fitness, the system will reach a point after which there is not observable increase in fitness.
Order, Organization, Disorder, Disorganization — the role of specification in perception of design
July 7, 2013  Posted by scordova under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Complex Specified Information, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News 
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 […]
The price of cherry picking for addicted gamblers and believers in Darwinism
July 2, 2013  Posted by scordova under Darwinism, Mathematics 
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 […]
The Law of Large Numbers vs. KeithS, Eigenstate and my other TSZ critics
June 24, 2013  Posted by scordova under Humor, Mathematics 
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 […]
SSDD: a 22 sigma event is consistent with the physics of fair coins?
June 23, 2013  Posted by scordova under Mathematics 
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 […]
Darwindoubting mathematician David Berlinski on why math IS really important
May 21, 2013  Posted by News under Biology, Mathematics 
… contrary to what Darwinian evolutionary theorist E. O. Wilson thinks.
Not only is there no scientific method, but biology does not need math – says prominent evolutionary biologist
May 20, 2013  Posted by News under Biology, Mathematics 
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.
Siding with Mathgrrl on a point, and offering an alternative to CSI v2.0
May 18, 2013  Posted by scordova under Complex Specified Information, Intelligent Design, Mathematics 
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 […]
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.
April 6, 2013  Posted by kairosfocus under Fine tuning, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, ID Foundations, Informatics, Intelligent Design, Mathematics 
(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 […]
Comprehensibility of the world
April 4, 2013  Posted by niwrad under Logic and First Principles of right reason, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology 
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?” […]
The equations of evolution
March 24, 2013  Posted by niwrad under Evolution, Mathematics 
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 […]
Stirring the Pot, 2: Godel, the Incompleteness Theorem, Euler’s expression, and the Turing Machine dilemma
March 7, 2013  Posted by kairosfocus under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Science, worldview issues and society, Stirring the pot (tentative thoughts/explorations) 
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 […]
Stirring the pot: on the apparent mathematical ordering of reality, and linked worldview/ philosophical/ theological issues . . .
February 25, 2013  Posted by kairosfocus under Creationism, ID Foundations, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues and society, Stirring the pot (tentative thoughts/explorations) 
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 [> […]
Some Problems can be Proved Unsolvable
January 31, 2013  Posted by Granville Sewell under Intelligent Design, Mathematics 
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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 […]