Post tagged with intelligent design
September 02nd, 201105:17 PM ETIn this post I want to respond to two different issues, both relating to ID. The first one is brought up by clamat in response to my critique of Expelled. Clamat writes: "Did the Discovery Institute renounce the Wedge Document and I didn't hear about it? Just because the basic claim of ID can be articulated neutrally doesn't change the fact that ...
July 21st, 201112:07 PM ETBack to intelligent design for a bit. In my article "Intelligent Design, Unknown Intelligence, and a Ouija Board" I critiqued several of Joseph H. Axell's claims culminating in his assertion that you cannot invoke intelligence as an explanation unless you have an account of the intelligence. Axell posted a long response on July 10. Other commitment...
July 07th, 201110:22 AM ETThe debate on intelligent design continues with the latest proposal coming from Mike who writes: Intelligent Design could only be a valid scientific explanation if you were proposing an intelligent entity that is bound by the laws of physics. If God is any part of the proposal, it is by definition unscientific, since no science can claim to expla...
July 06th, 201112:37 AM ETJoseph H. Axell posted a long rebuttal in the comment section of my article "Unintelligent arguments against intelligent design: A Primer". There are a number of claims I'd like to challenge in the response. For instance Axell writes: "Dembski's 'explanatory filter' for detecting design has been shown to be inadequate (false positives being but one...
July 02nd, 201111:41 AM ETEarlier this week I challenged The Atheist Missionary's rejection of intelligent design and thus his position that it is illegitimate to make intelligent design inferences. I did so by posing the following scenario: The Atheist Missionary returns home on his birthday to see several dozen balloons taped to the side of his house forming a huge welcom...
May 27th, 201101:51 PM ETIs it possible that a historian could invoke divine agency as the best explanation of past events such as the reports of an empty tomb and post resurrection appearances that we find in a number of the documents collected into the New Testament? Robert thinks not. In the thread on "Heathenism, Naturalism, and other unstated premises" he writes: "Wh...
January 17th, 201111:42 PM ETThe recent cinematic retelling of E.B. White's classic Charlotte's Web has a nice scene for anybody interested in pondering the intelligent design debates.For those who need a brief refresher, Fern is the owner of Wilbur the pig. Charlotte the spider has befriended Wilbur and is trying to save him from becoming a Christmas ham by writing suggestive...
July 08th, 201002:08 PM ETI ventured into turbid waters a couple days ago by mentioning that in the future I would discuss Steve Meyer's Signature in the Cell in the blog. What followed was a barrage of discussion which led AnAtheist.Net to observe: "It looks like you have discovered a quick way to attract a fiery horde of new readers." Indeed. Actually I learned la...
July 07th, 201011:01 AM ETGeez, you throw these guys an olive branch -- I'll even read Robert Wright, but why don't you read Steve Meyer? -- and they have all sorts of excuses. AnAtheist.Net attempts to extent the bizarre argument that if scientists present their theoretical proposal in a long book that seeks to reach a broader readership, we ought not read it. Does publis...
July 06th, 201011:34 AM ETThere are two key issues I want to explore further in relation to the waving statute, St. Tom's Orphanage, and other cases of synchronicity. The topic of this thread is evil and other potential defeaters to positive events with putative high MDS. Let's begin with SilverBullet: "You've clearly spent some time thinking this over, so in the meantime...
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