|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
Contrary to what Dr Dembski has stated, this simple example shows that a regular process, such as ROT13, can create CSI. [...] CSI can be generated by non-design processes such as ROT13.
The are ways to demonstrate algorithmic processes generating CSI; Jeff Shallit and I have done that before. However, the example cited is not one of them. In fact, Dembski's "The Design Inference" devotes a chunk of text to the discovery of specifications for encrypted text.
Since a regular process can create CSI it is therefore incorrect to assert that a regular process cannot be the origin of any CSI found in living organisms. This is a major problem for ID's attempts to use the presence of CSI as a marker of design.
This part I agree with, but it isn't justified by the ROT13 example.
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