Intelligent Design and Its Critics

  • Refuted Yet Again! — A Brief reply to Matt Young

    By on February 5, 2002

    The mathematician George Polya used to quip that if you can’t solve a problem, find an easier problem and solve it. Matt Young seems to have taken Polya’s advice to heart. Young has taken Shannon’s tried-and-true theory of information and shoehorned my notion of specified complexity into it. The shoe no longer fits, and so there must be something wrong

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  • How to Evolve Specified Complexity by Natural Means

    By on January 24, 2002

    Many years ago, I read this advice to a young physicist desperate to get his or her work cited as frequently as possible: Publish a paper that makes a subtle misuse of the second law of thermodynamics.  Then everyone will rush to correct you and in the process cite your paper.  The mathematician William Dembski has taken this advice to

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  • The Intelligent Design Bridge: A Fault Analysis

    By on January 10, 2002

    “It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane…”           — Richard Dawkins   “We’re leaving the fortress and heading behind the lines to blow up the other side’s headquarters, its ammunition store.”           — Philip E. Johnson  In the science-religion discourse of recent

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  • Creation: From Nothing Until Now, Part 6

    By on January 4, 2002

    Metanexus: Views 2002.01.04 2428 words Technology may first be understood as ‘imitating nature’, doing thingswhich nature does as well. At some point, we move on to ‘improving nature’,doing some things better than they would be without us, claims Dutchtheologian Willem Drees. He then adds, ‘Better’ is, of course, anevaluation – and thus invites the question what the standard is by

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  • Creation: From Nothing Until Now, Part 5

    By on January 3, 2002

    Metanexus: Views 2002.01.03 2679 words If we are the products of evolution, can we take positive initiatives, makethe right choices? Or are our choices fixed since days of old, and isfreedom nothing but an illusion? Libraries could be filled with books on’free will’. Here I want to indicate briefly why I hold that a meaningfulnotion of freedom might perhaps be

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