Sober and Irreducible Complexity
|April 17, 2006||Posted by Dave S. under Intelligent Design|
It has come to my attention that Sober claims to be using Behe’s definition of irreducible complexity.
Behe defines irreducible complexity as:
A single system which is composed of several interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, and where the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning”.
We can test this with structures like the flagellum through knockout experiments that remove bits of the structure so we can observe whether it continues to function. Thus the IC hypothesis makes predictions that can be tested.
Sober predicts an intelligent agency that created the irreducibly complex structures in nature must itself be irreducibly complex. Can someone tell me how to go about removing bits of the structure of this irreducibly complex intelligence to see if it is indeed irreducibly complex? If no one can then Sober’s hypothesis is untestable, unfalsifiable pseudo-science. It doesn’t pass muster even as philosophy as demonstrated by my previous analysis and it certainly doesn’t qualify as science when its hypothetical conclusion can’t be tested in any conceivable way.