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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 26 2009,15:47   

Quote (Bob O'H @ Aug. 26 2009,13:00)
Quote (oldmanintheskydidntdoit @ Aug. 26 2009,09:24)
Special invitation for Richard Dawkins – but any civil person is entitled to enter.

There’s been some discussion here and elsewhere whether the the recent IEEE article by Dembski and Marks correctly characterizes Richard Dawkins’ famous METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL program.

Does the program ratchet correct letters or does it let them vary? One is a partitioned or stair-step search, the other a more realistic evolutionary search. From The Blind Watchmaker, where Dawkins describes the program, its performance suggests that it could be either of these options (though he doesn’t say).

On the other hand, from a (video-run of the program , go to 6:15), it seems to be the latter.

It’s easy enough to settle this question: Make the code for the program public. Perhaps Richard Dawkins himself or his friends at can finally provide this code (apparently a program written in BASIC).

The prize is a copy of either Stephen Meyer’s new Signature in the Cell or Richard Dawkins’ soon-to-be-out The Greatest Show on Earth.

Should the winner choose the latter, I will ask Dawkins’s publicist to mail the copy. Given that at his site, he calls himself “the most formidable intellect in public discourse,” I would assume that if he signs the copy, it will be worth millions.

But wait. Let’s see that code first.

Did she ask Dembski about this I wonder?

Never mind Dembski, did she ask Dawkins?  He's the only one who could produce his original programme, and if he does he might win... a copy of his own book!!!111!onetyone11!!1!

I suggested that they enlist Lou Dobbs to help them, since he apparently neds a new cause, since CNN told him to get off the birther wagon. But my post mysteriously disappeared.

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it-- Confucius

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