Can we all agree on specified complexity?

Amid the fog of recent controversies, I can discern a hopeful sign: the key figures in the ongoing debate over specified complexity on Uncommon Descent are actually converging in their opinions. Allow me to explain why. Winston Ewert’s helpful clarifications on CSI In a recent post, ID proponent Winston Ewert agreed that Elizabeth Liddle had […]

Science 2.0 on a Darwin great dismissing arch-Darwinist Richard Dawkins as a “journalist”

This clearly feels like a moment of Darwinism in decline. They don’t seem to mind trashing each other in public now.

New from MercatorNet, on the impact of new media

Why Big Data will not solve any problems just by getting Bigger. And when politicians get involved, the results can be memorable.

Robustness untangles ‘Evolution’

(it’s designed to) These are some thoughts prompted by the recent article Arrival of the Fittest: Robustness and flexibility are basic design principles. We design modules so that they are robust against minor damage, bad inputs and changes in other parts of the code. This aids ‘evolvability’ of the whole by untangling the knots so […]

Non-probabilistic design arguments

Biochemist Michael Behe has stated: “A man from a primitive culture who sees an automobile might guess that it was powered by the wind or by an antelope hidden under the car, but when he opens up the hood and sees the engine he immediately realizes that it was designed. In the same way biochemistry […]

Keith S Shows Learned Hand How a Design Inference Works Using CSI

In comment 58 to my Actually Observed thread ID opponent keith s shows ID opponent Learned Hand how the design inference works. To use the coin-flipping example, every sequence of 500 fair coin flips is astronomically improbable, because there are 2^500 possible sequences and all have equally low probability. But obviously we don’t exclaim “Design!” after every […]

“Actually Observed” Means, Well, “Actually Observed”

In a comment to a recent thread I made the following challenge to the materialists: Show me one example – just one; that’s all I need – of chance/law forces creating 500 bits of complex specified information. [Question begging not allowed.] If you do, I will delete all of the pro-ID posts on this website […]

Pop culture promotes multiverse as like “evolution.”

Evidence for the multiverse?: The theory of evolution, Peiris argues, also resembles a tautology in certain respects

New research charts how little we know about the brain

Researchers: “And no one knows whether information is encoded differently in various parts of the brain.”

Arch-Darwinist Richard Dawkins defends feminism from itself

We can’t look. Heck, we can’t keep up. Guy is becoming a caricature of a parody of himself.

Has Specified Complexity Changed?

When I wrote my recent post on the alleged circularity of specified complexity, I did so in a deliberately provocative way. I wrote it emphasizing my agreement with keith s, in an attempt to shake things up and make people think. I felt that both sides of the debate here on uncommon descent were speaking […]

Back to Basics

The materialists have been doing a little end zone dance over at the The Circularity of the Design Inference post. They seem to think that Winston Ewert has conceded that Dembski’s CSI argument is circular. Their celebrations are misplaced. Ewert did nothing of the sort. He did NOT say that Dembski’s CSI argument is circular. He […]

“Science denial,” politics, and religion, from a highly politicized science journalist

All the term “science denial” means in the context is that a suspect claim has not been successfully sold as “science.”

Patients’ recovery from illness can be affected by spirituality?

This isn’t really much of a surprise. The link between spirituality/religion and improved health is well established.

A friend writes to mention a book about an atheist who became a Catholic

Didn’t one of Darwin’s descendants do something similar, though perhaps less excitingly?

The Snowflake Objection

Against the ID arguments based on improbability and specification some evolutionists oppose the “snowflake objection”, which sounds something like this: “Also snowflakes are highly improbable, yet it snows, then the ID arguments fail”. Such objection is baseless. To understand why we must first state a premise. Probability is not an absolute concept or measure. The […]

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and Bayesian priors

Bayesian probability thinking is often applied to the ID controversy, in different directions.

The stories we are allowed to know and tell

It is easy for a clever but lazy writer to attack virtue. Especially unfashionable virtue. It is also easy to attack unfashionable facts.

“No war in the name of atheism”: Spot the fallacy

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has written a comic that attempts to rebut a common criticism of atheism: the link between atheistic regimes and crimes against humanity. The dialogue proceeds as follows: A: You argue that some of the worst atrocities in history were done in the name of religion, but plenty of atheists did […]

Jonathan McLatchie on UK radio

Unbelievable? Scientific evidence versus religious belief – Jonathan McLatchie & Elliot George debate

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