Intelligent Design

Irreducible Complexity Still Not Disproven… Wait, What?

The story so far: Back in 1996, when Intelligent Design was in its infancy (and pretty much indistinguishable from today’s Intelligent Design), Michael Behe defined an irreducibly complex system as: composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to… Continue reading Irreducible Complexity Still Not Disproven… Wait, What?

Atheism · Intelligent Design

Exploiting Personal Tragedy to Advance Ideology

You may have heard of the tragedy of Jesse Kilgore, the college sophomore who commited suicide after, as WingNut Daily reported, reading The God Delusion and having a crisis of faith. Now, just when you thought the Disco Tute couldn’t sink any lower, they’ve produced a melodramatic episode of their Intelligent Design the Future podcast… Continue reading Exploiting Personal Tragedy to Advance Ideology

Intelligent Design

Front-Loading: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think

One of the ID creationists’ favorite words is “front-loading”. From context, I gather that it means that the output of an algorithm is inherent in the algorithm itself. In other words, if you write a detailed program that calculates the square root of 16, then that’s just a long-winded way of having it print “4”.… Continue reading Front-Loading: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think

Intelligent Design

Another ID Argument Doesn’t Stand Up to Scrutiny

Over at casa de Dembski, DaveScot tries to debunk a debunking of an ID argument. It goes something like this: Michael Behe: The bacterial flagellum is irreducibly complex, that is, all of its components need to be in place before it’ll work. It can’t have evolved by gradual addition and improvement, because none of the… Continue reading Another ID Argument Doesn’t Stand Up to Scrutiny