Joined: July 2007
|Quote (Annyday @ Dec. 08 2007,20:01)|
|Excuse my ignorance, but what computer simulations is he speaking of and how would he propose to overturn them?|
They've mentioned Tom Schneider's ev and Devolab's Avida. They overturn these programs by showing that they contain "active information", which, translated into non-obfuscatory language, means that the evolutionary algorithms involved are more effective than blind search. Needless to say, scientists everywhere are shocked! shocked! by that revelation.
I've asked Sal twice what exactly the EIL is accomplishing with its framework, and he ignored the question both times. Dembski claims that the EIL will put Devolab out of business, but I doubt we'll ever see him betting a bottle of Coke, much less single malt scotch, on that claim.
|Also, what research was he doing that's so special he can't do it on DI money, if it was going to change the world?|
I know your question is rhetorical, but I'll spell out the obvious answer: Baylor's kibosh on the EIL funding (a whopping $30k for two years) makes for a great persecution story and a handy excuse for the EIL producing nothing of value.
-- Rob, the fartist formerly known as 2ndclass