# Category: Mathematics

## Peter Woit, this is your call to conversion

January 27, 2014 | Posted by News under Cosmology, Mathematics, News |

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

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

January 3, 2014 | Posted by scordova under Complex Specified Information, Mathematics, Psychology |

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 […]

## Illustrating embedded specification and specified improbability with specially labeled coins

December 21, 2013 | Posted by scordova under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Complex Specified Information, Mathematics, News |

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, […]

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

December 18, 2013 | Posted by scordova under Complex Specified Information, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Physics |

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 […]

## Did Polynesians invent the binary system centuries ago?

December 17, 2013 | Posted by News under Mathematics, News |

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

## The Fundamental Law of Intelligent Design

December 15, 2013 | Posted by scordova under Complex Specified Information, Mathematics |

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 […]

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

November 24, 2013 | Posted by News under Mathematics, News |

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).

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

November 22, 2013 | Posted by News under Culture, Mathematics, News |

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.

## 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 […]

## Darwin-doubting 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.