Wednesday, April 12, 2006

NY Times Reports on Study That Establishes That Intelligent Design Is Falsifiable

The NY Times has this article of last week, reporting on a study that establishes that intelligent design is falsifiable:
Dr. Thornton said the experiment refutes the notion of "irreducible complexity" put forward by Michael J. Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University.

This was one of the key arguments that opponents used to claim that intelligent design was not science. Of course, we do not need this study to show that ID is falsifiable. The obvious way to falsify ID claims is to show an evolutionary pathway that could plausibly lead to the biological system that is alleged to be irreducibly complex. Then it comes down to evaluating which is more plausible.

Michael Behe's comments on the experiment and why it does not, in fact, falsify intelligent design or irreducible complexity can be found here.

A post on the claim that no controversy exists is here.

Interesting background information on the media coverage is here.

Other posts on this issue can be found here and here.

2 Comments:

At April 13, 2006 8:41 PM, Anonymous salvage said...

Actually the argument for intelligent design not being science is that intelligent design isn't science.

It's a bit like how a dog isn't a cat or a banana isn't a small, off-duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden.

See? Science is science, silly ideas about mysterious sky gods making stuff for reasons never fully explained isn't.

 
At April 18, 2006 7:39 AM, Anonymous Michael Kilpatrick said...

Actually the argument for macro-evolution not being science is that macro-evolution isn't science. (It's really just another one of those quirky religious cults that pop up overnight like graffiti on the pages of history - e.g. the priests of Baal that Elijah had such fun with in I Kings 18)

It's a bit like how a dog isn't a cat or a banana isn't a small, off-duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden. (unless of course the macro-myth is true after all)

See? Science is science, until it starts stomping through the hallowed halls of philosophy. Silly ideas about magic matter making stuff for reasons never fully explained isn't.

 

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