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Specified Complexity

Grist for the EF mill


Original: Grist for the EF mill, by Matt Brauer, posted on March 25, 2004 06:36 AM.

Dembski's "Explanatory Filter" (EF) claims to be a reliable technique for detecting design. To date, the EF is the only method presented by the "science" of ID. How well does it do? Nobody knows. It has been applied precisely once, by Dembski in his book No Free Lunch. And that application was a dismal failure.

Before going into the reasons that the EF is a psuedo-algorithm, I'd like to present an example of what Dawkins calls a "designoid," that is, something that appears designed but isn't. A "false positive" for the EF, if you will.


You Missed a Spot, Dr. Dembski


Original: You Missed a Spot, Dr. Dembski

William A. Dembski recently published a book, The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design. The subtitle offers a promissory note, and so do several of the blurbs on the dust jacket and front matter to the effect that Dembski covers herein all the criticisms that have been offered about "intelligent design" and Dembski's particular contribution, "specified complexity". This is untrue, as I will attempt to demonstrate.

Meyer's Hopeless Monster

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Alan Gishlick, Nick Matzke, and Wesley R. Elsberry critique the paper published by "intelligent design" advocate Stephen C. Meyer in Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington in August, 2004. They conclude that Meyer's review paper presents an incomplete, misleading, and false impression of the biological evidence, and that his conclusion that "intelligent design" is supported because evolutionary alternatives are eliminated is illegitimate.

Not a Free Lunch But a Box of Chocolates: A critique of William Dembski's book No Free Lunch

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Richard Wein's review of No Free Lunch argues that Dembski's case is nothing more than a god-of-the-gaps argument dressed up in misleading pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo.

Read the full article PDF (off-site).

Response? What Response?


Richard Wein replies to William Dembski's reply to Wein's Not a Free Lunch But a Box of Chocolates.

The Design Revolution? How William Dembski Is Dodging Questions About Intelligent Design


Mark Perakh's essay on the tactics used by William Dembski in responding to, or not responding to, criticism and critics.

Read the full article PDF (off-site).

The advantages of theft over toil: the design inference and arguing from ignorance


John Wilkins and Wesley R. Elsberry examine the claims made by "intelligent design" advocate William A. Dembski for his "explanatory filter". This is an online version of the 2001 Biology and Philosophy peer-reviewed paper, one of the few papers in the peer-reviewed literature that is explicitly about "intelligent design".

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