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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 11 2009,06:18   

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Many searches are needle-in-the-haystack problems, looking for small targets in large spaces. In such cases, blind search can stand no hope of success.


From Dembski's abstract.


I keep wondering how this line of argument is relevant to evolution. There are some rare instances in which populations "need" to find solutions to changing conditions. The record of extinction suggests this "search" is not generally successful.

Behe and Dembski suggest that structures such as flagella are the end result of a search, but I am no aware of any biologist who thinks flagella ever constituted a goal. As with many other biological structures, they happened.

But it is a monumental intellectual fraud to suggest that specific structures are sought after by biological evolution.

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