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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: April 26 2004,07:18   

On June 17th, 2001, I presented a talk critiquing various aspects of William Dembski's arguments. One of the issues I raised there was the erroneous usage Dembski made of the concept of "falsifiability" as promulgated by Sir Karl Popper (see slides 23-25 of my talk).

One can readily note that chapter 39 of Dembski's "The Design Revolution" is pretty much a mildly worked-over version of his earlier essay, Is Intelligent Design Testable?. The earlier essay shows Dembski's misapprehension of "falsifiability" that I critiqued at Haverford.

Chapter 39 of TDR, though, replaces "falsifiability" with "refutability" in the section that previously discussed "falsifiability". There is no mention of my criticism present here, nor that of any other critic who brought up the same point. To the reader of TDR, Dembski's change in argumentation is completely invisible.

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