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Mr_Christopher



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,04:48   

Dembski said -
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"What I'm concerned about are sneering critics who think that ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused, ignorant."


Gosh, Bill.  All you have to do to stop all that sneering is quit lying to people, stop misleading people, and go get yourself an education in biology.  That will cure the dishonesty, confusion and ignorance on your part.  Only THEN will the sneering will cease.  

Until then you might consider getting a tougher outer layer as you can look forward to being sneered at the rest of your life.

ps: just between you and me ID's claims to science are in fact dishonest, confused and ignorant.  That's why everyone outside your little cult sneers at you.  They see right through yours and the Discovery Institute's  little charade.  "Id is about science and not God (wink wink)" come on Bill, anyone with half a brain can see through the ID con.  And even your #2 lap poodle Joel admitted the ID movement in Kansas was dishonest they are really trying to sneak ID In the back door, remember?  THAT is what is meant by dishonesty.  Your "sneering" critics are right on the money, bro.  

"Dishonest", "confused", "ignorant"?  Bill, baby, I know that shoe stinks, it's moldy, and doesn't match your socks, but hear me out, Christian Warrior,  the shoe fits you like a glove.  Wear it with pride.

Sorry to be the one to break the news to you.  Finally, as far as your math degree goes, you might consider asking for your tuition money back.  You got hosed on that one.

Love,

Chris

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k.e



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,06:00   

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Dembski said -
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"What I'm concerned about are sneering critics who think that ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused, ignorant."




Ah yes the  theological appeal to ideological conservative fundamentalism and the faux generosity of spirit and reason updated by the post modernist's appeal to unreality , that any idea that claims to be equal should be considered as an equal.

...aka ....don't ask me about the pesky details, I'm right and I know it and my sychophants agree with me, or so they are told.... because if they don't, they are shown the door quick smart.

That's how this new theology works, it's like old theology ....without the rack.

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,06:05   

And, as Heddle pointed out, Dembski gets to define what counts as 'sneering'. Nice.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,06:31   

Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Oct. 05 2006,10:48)
Dembski said -
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"What I'm concerned about are sneering critics who think that ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused, ignorant."

What I'm concerned about are...critics...ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused, ignorant.

   
Steverino



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,07:06   

Dembski said -
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"What I'm concerned about are sneering critics who think that ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused, ignorant."

WTF?

Didn't a judge in Dover come to the same conclusion???

Did Dover not happen...was I just dreaming?

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Glen Davidson



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,07:42   

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"What I'm concerned about are sneering critics who think that ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused, ignorant."


Just how much dishonesty is in that sentence?

He writes "sneering critics".  OK, we sneer, but that's mainly after we showed his many errors.

IOW, this is just a sneer from Dimski against those who have carefully demonstrated the many fallacies, misdirections, and redefinitions of terms used by IDiots to foist off their confused, dishonest, and ignorant tripe as science.

The dishonest, confused, and ignorant Dembski cannot properly acknowledge the worthy critiques that he has received, hence he must mischaracterize them as only "sneering", when that is all that is possible after the dolt has ignored sound criticisms.

Then he writes that we "think" that ID's claims to science are dishonest, confused and ignorant.  Which implies that we don't know all of that, and that we haven't pointed out exactly how they are dishonest, confused, and ignorant.  Okay, what's Dembski going to do, acknowledge the legitimacy of the the responses that show his primary claim to fame to be a charade and a scam?  Of course not, but it is still well to itemize just how he is being dishonest in his mischaracterizations of the peer review that his work didn't deserve, but still received (to his mortification).

See, it's all just opinion, we just "think" that.  And it sells to the ignorant, dishonest, and confused, which is exactly what Dembski desires.  DaveTard and O'Leary are on board, as well as the one who rants using Bartlett's quotations as authoritative references (JAD for any neophytes).  It's their collective lie that we simply "think" they are wrong, hence they cover their many mistakes and far larger collection of omissions and petty censorships with the sneer that we simply "think" what we have demonstrated.

And just how well has it been shown that even the best among the IDists exhibit dishonesty, confusion, or ignorance?  Not all are guilty of all three, with Paul Nelson perhaps being the most honest (he said that evolutionary theory has much more explanatory power than ID at present--my only complaint is that this implies that ID has some explanatory power, but it's close enough for a proponent), though it seems that Dembski's remarks and actions are liberally infused with all of them.

I won't try even to example the extremely numerous cases where those traits have been shown by IDists, including those who are the supposed "experts".  It's just that virtually all such demonstrations are ignored and waved away with a sneer by the egregious Dembski.  Yes, as Heddle finally notices, as Judge Jones ruled, but more importantly, as competent critiques have generously shown, both on the web and off of it.

Glen D

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2ndclass



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,08:16   

Quote (Steverino @ Oct. 05 2006,12:06)
Did Dover not happen...was I just dreaming?

Yes, you were just dreaming.  And you still are.  When you wake up, you'll find that geocentrism is still taught in schools and doctors still practice bloodletting.  Welcome to the Dark Ages.

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k.e



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,09:27   

Well when Bill says sneering I suppose he means this.

Sung to the tune of The Simpsons Neighbour Song


 Dembski is his Name
               Homer:  Everybody in the U.S.A.
                       Hates their stupid UCD'er.
                       He's Dembski and he's really, really lame!
                       Dembski tried to wreck my song,
                       His views on birth control are wrong.
                       I hate his guts and Dembski is his name.
Lenny, Carl and Homer:  D-E-M-B-S-K-I!
               Homer:  He's the man that I hate best,
                       I'd like to see his house go up in flames.              

Lenny, Carl, and Homer:  D-E-M-B..
                Homer:  His name is Bill!
Lenny, Carl and Homer:  S-K-I..
                Homer:  That's a stupid name!
                        He's worse than Frankenstein or Dr. No!
          David Byrne:  You can't upset him even slightly,
                        He just smiles and nods politely,
                        Then goes home and worships nightly.
                        His Blogo book shop is an emporium of woe!
Lenny, Carl, and Homer:  D-E-M-B..
                Homer:  Don't yell at Bill.
Lenny, Carl and Homer:  S-K-I..
                Homer:  His wife is (not?)dead!
                        Everybody hates that stupid jerk.
          David Byrne:  Springfield rocks with Homer's joyous loathing,
                        Filling clubs with angry Valentinos.
                        You don't have to move your feet,
                        Just hate Dembski to the disco beat.
David Byrne and Homer:  He's your perky, peppy, nightmare Creationero!
        Homer and Ned:  If you despise polite Right-handers,
                        Then I doubt you'll like Bill Dembski,
                        Or his creepy little offspring Gil and Dave!
         Gil (spoken):  That's us!
        Dave (spoken):  Hooray!
                Choir:  FD-E-M-B..
                  Apu:  His name is Bill,
                Choir:  S-K-I..
                  Apu:  He is so white bread!
         Church Choir:  The smiling Bespectcled geek who walks with God!
     Lovejoy (spoken):  Mass dismissed.


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Steverino



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,12:40   

Quote (2ndclass @ Oct. 05 2006,13:16)
Quote (Steverino @ Oct. 05 2006,12:06)
Did Dover not happen...was I just dreaming?

Yes, you were just dreaming.  And you still are.  When you wake up, you'll find that geocentrism is still taught in schools and doctors still practice bloodletting.  Welcome to the Dark Ages.

You have to wonder...if these sheep were in charge...how many fewer illnesses, diseases or world problems would have be or gone unsolved?

If God designed or created every and everything was by design then would it not be an act to go against the will of God to cure an illness or changes the path of a virus...or move people out of harms way of a hurricane?

Funny how the pick and choose, how they interpret God's word and will.  Are they not themselves committing blasphemy by speaking for God

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k.e



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 05 2006,19:07   

Steverino
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You have to wonder...if these sheep were in charge...how many fewer illnesses, diseases or world problems would have be or gone unsolved?
?

Of course ...why bother with materialistic nature its the devils work. God willing, when 'Darwinism' is defeated no more investigation needs to be done they already know what the answer is...and anyway all that science does is produce more gaps..don't you get it?


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If God designed or created every and everything was by design then would it not be an act to go against the will of God to cure an illness or changes the path of a virus...or move people out of harms way of a hurricane?


WHAT??? you heathen, help the unfortunate ill and the poor? THAT is just a test of our faith, god is on our side NOT THEIRS, are you saying Jesus was a communist?NO if he was alive today he would fence off the poor, send them more hurricanes and ban all medical research that proves man can create man (without a woman) just like me ...god.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,17:43   

Dembski's new job

And more

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,18:07   

LOL, guess what they're calling ID these days?

Scientific Apologetics.

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The Institute of Scientific Apologetics is a division of Southern Evangelical Seminary that offers the Certificate in Scientific Apologetics designed for those interested in increasing their knowledge and effectiveness in defending the faith scientifically. The certificate prepares pastors, teachers, missionaries, and lay persons for apologetic and evangelistic ministry and outreach around the world. Students already accepted into a degree program may add this as a Concentration in Scientific Apologetics. Upon completion of this program the student should have demonstrated knowledge in Philosophy, Apologetics, Theology and Science.




"It is therefore with some urgency...."

:)

Here's the relevant bit in Southern Evangelical's doctrinal statement....

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Creation

We believe in the special creation of the entire space-time universe and of every basic form of life in the six historic days of the Genesis creation record. We also believe in the historicity of the biblical record, including the special creation of Adam and Eve as the literal progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the worldwide flood, and the origin of nations and diverse languages at the tower of Babel.


They'll make a YEC out of you yet, William.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,18:48   

I wonder if modern English, Italian and Greek originated at Babel.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,19:01   

Quote (midwifetoad @ Mar. 31 2012,18:48)
I wonder if modern English, Italian and Greek originated at Babel.

The story of Babel was in Genesis 11, so English obviously originated earlier. Otherwise, how else would they have written the first 10 chapters?

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,21:09   

Quote (The whole truth @ Mar. 31 2012,17:43)
Dembski's new job

And more

I like the "divine curse" line!

It's perfect for Dembski & His Merry Group of IDC/YECs on so many levels.

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Doc Bill



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,21:36   

Dembski's career is like a Slinky going down a set of stairs. While "normal" people move up the career staircase, Dembski is going down.  And not "going down" in the Lewis Sense.

First, Baylor.  Not a bad gig but, oops, fired for being a jackass.  Then a succession of Baptist seminaries, bounce, bounce.

Oh, and then there was the Big Recant.  "Yes, m'lud, teh Flud can haz realz.  And Adam doth bonkz Evie in in the loo at the Olive Garden.  More winez, tablez three."

But, saving his miserable hide from utter oblivion as Luskin's cage cleaner in Seattle is the diploma mill, tire repair center and bait shop:  Southern Evangelical Seminary, faculty population six.  Oh, now, seven!

Dembski will be in charge of a laser printer that spews out "Certificates of Scientific Apologetics" which, with a North Carolina State Certificate of Massage Therapy would enable the SES "graduate" to get a job as a masseuse.

I find it somewhat ironic that the great and powerful intellectual Dembski is reduced to sucking a sorry job in apologetics in North fucking Carolina.  Seriously, I wonder why the moron doesn't just buy a double-wide and start his own university.  Oh, yeah, I forgot.  He's a moron.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,21:44   

What's totally hilarious is that he can't say it's anyone's fault but his own.

He's the one who didn't follow instructions at Baylor.  He's the one who bailed out on Kitzmiller.  He's the one who took the book money and ran.  He's the one teaching vacuous subjects at vacuous 'schools'.

Nobody, literally nobody, gives a rat's left testicle about anything he says or does.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,21:48   

not only is that north fucking carolina

it's UNION COUNTY North fucking carolina

that is the shittiest place in the whole state except for mecklenburg county.  i give him 6 months to get on meth

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Doc Bill



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,23:32   

Quote (Erasmus, FCD @ Mar. 31 2012,21:48)
not only is that north fucking carolina

it's UNION COUNTY North fucking carolina

that is the shittiest place in the whole state except for mecklenburg county.  i give him 6 months to get on meth

Well, then, my prediction of a double-wide was right on!

Crack, crackers and Cracker Jack Certifikates of Kreation Apoplectics.

Yaaaa-hooooooo!  Pass the jug!

Srsly, here we have the self-proclaimed Isaac Newton of Information Theory, more like the Alfred E. Neuman What-Me-Worry professor of Jacking Off, feebly attempting and monumentally failing at projecting "intelligent design" creationism as science, reduced from the University of Chicago department of mathematics to a pre-fab building Bible certificate mill smack in the middle of Bum Fuck, America, chanting "teh flud can haz realz, teh flud can haz realz" amongst a faculty who verily defines the phrase "severe mental retardation" and we are led to believe that this is the Number Two Guy in the "intelligence design" creationism movement.

Hate to say it, but a meth lab would be a step UP from where Dr. Dr. "Oh, look at me I'm a goober!" Dimbulbski is today.

  
Woodbine



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,23:47   

YOU'LL ALL BE EATING YOUR WORDS WHEN NO FREE LUNCH 2ND EDITION COMES OUT!!!!

:angry:

Edited by Woodbine on April 01 2012,05:47

  
OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 31 2012,23:49   

Quote (Woodbine @ Mar. 31 2012,23:47)
YOU'LL ALL BE EATING YOUR WORDS WHEN NO FREE LUNCH 2ND EDITION COMES OUT!!!!

:angry:

Don't you mean "Second Printing"?

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,00:41   

"Scientific Apologetics." ?!?!?!

Talk about the oxymoron of oxymorons!

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,01:00   

Quote (Henry J @ Mar. 31 2012,22:41)
"Scientific Apologetics." ?!?!?!

Talk about the oxymoron of oxymorons!

Henry

my scientific apologetics are a bit rusty.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,01:03   

Quote (Doc Bill @ Mar. 31 2012,21:32)
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,Mar. 31 2012,21:48)
not only is that north fucking carolina

it's UNION COUNTY North fucking carolina

that is the shittiest place in the whole state except for mecklenburg county.  i give him 6 months to get on meth

Well, then, my prediction of a double-wide was right on!

Crack, crackers and Cracker Jack Certifikates of Kreation Apoplectics.

Yaaaa-hooooooo!  Pass the jug!

Srsly, here we have the self-proclaimed Isaac Newton of Information Theory, more like the Alfred E. Neuman What-Me-Worry professor of Jacking Off, feebly attempting and monumentally failing at projecting "intelligent design" creationism as science, reduced from the University of Chicago department of mathematics to a pre-fab building Bible certificate mill smack in the middle of Bum Fuck, America, chanting "teh flud can haz realz, teh flud can haz realz" amongst a faculty who verily defines the phrase "severe mental retardation" and we are led to believe that this is the Number Two Guy in the "intelligence design" creationism movement.

Hate to say it, but a meth lab would be a step UP from where Dr. Dr. "Oh, look at me I'm a goober!" Dimbulbski is today.

Wow.  He's taken a step down from running Uncommonly Dense.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,06:45   

Quote (Henry J @ April 01 2012,08:41)
"Scientific Apologetics." ?!?!?!

Talk about the oxymoron of oxymorons!

Henry

I apologize for the pushing down theory of gravity so help me god.

I apologize for the the heat at the center of sun explained by the theory of nuclear fission so help me god.


I apologize for the theory of the big bang and its explanation of the origin of the universe 13.5 billion years before the writing of Genesis and the novel use of the literary trope of deus ex machina to explain the origin of mankind.

I apologize for the exstinction of life at the end of Premian period.

I apologize for being in the same species as William B Dembski.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,09:16   

I am somehow remimded of the Sodom & Gommorrah incident; as far as I can remember, there wasn't even one righteous person there that would have meant they would be saved.

Pretty rough deal.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,09:49   

Weird - wMad gets into hot water over being an OEC amongst YECs, so leaves, and ... joins more YECs.

I thought he was going to join the Biologic Institute, to continue with his research.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,10:18   

Quote (Bob O'H @ April 01 2012,09:49)
Weird - wMad gets into hot water over being an OEC amongst YECs, so leaves, and ... joins more YECs.

I thought he was going to join the Biologic Institute, to continue with his research.

Fixed That For You! :)

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I thought he was going to join the Biologic Institute, to continue with his research "research"


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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,10:43   

Quote (k.e.. @ April 01 2012,07:45)
Quote (Henry J @ April 01 2012,08:41)
"Scientific Apologetics." ?!?!?!

Talk about the oxymoron of oxymorons!

Henry

I apologize for the pushing down theory of gravity so help me god.

I apologize for the the heat at the center of sun explained by the theory of nuclear fission so help me god.


I apologize for the theory of the big bang and its explanation of the origin of the universe 13.5 billion years before the writing of Genesis and the novel use of the literary trope of deus ex machina to explain the origin of mankind.

I apologize for the exstinction of life at the end of Premian period.

I apologize for being in the same species as William B Dembski.



LET IT BE SO

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,11:22   

Quote (OgreMkV @ Mar. 31 2012,23:49)
Quote (Woodbine @ Mar. 31 2012,23:47)
YOU'LL ALL BE EATING YOUR WORDS WHEN NO FREE LUNCH 2ND EDITION COMES OUT!!!!

:angry:

Don't you mean "Second Printing"?

Second "Coming."

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,12:02   

Quote (Doc Bill @ Mar. 31 2012,21:32)
   
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,Mar. 31 2012,21:48)
(snip) i give him 6 months to get on meth

Well, then, my prediction of a double-wide was right on!

(snip)
Hate to say it, but a meth lab would be a step UP from where Dr. Dr. "Oh, look at me I'm a goober!" Dimbulbski is today.

Ha! Move over, Bryan Cranston.

Hey, the dude's gotta pay the bills somehow.


eta this is of course a challenge to Kattarina98's photoshop skillz.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,12:11   

I find it rather odd that Southern Evangelical Seminary is YEC to the core, but their new "Scientific Apologetics" certificate program has as faculty Fazale Rana, and Hugh Ross, along with Dembski. They are all "old earth" creationists.

So, is SES just too stupid to know who they hired, or is there a change of heart.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,12:22   

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I find it rather odd that Southern Evangelical Seminary is YEC to the core, but their new "Scientific Apologetics" certificate program has as faculty Fazale Rana, and Hugh Ross, along with Dembski. They are all "old earth" creationists.

So, is SES just too stupid to know who they hired, or is there a change of heart.

Naw, all of these fuckers have a fistful of business cards.  But it's got to be embarrassing to get a royalty check for a dollar fifty.

Check out this "company" and it's associates:

Logos Whatever Whocares

SES has a stable of dorks who probably show up on DVD and get a few bucks for every certificate they sell.  I can't imagine what the students must be like.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,12:22   

So Dembski was a rebel without cause?

 
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Many Christian institutions have an inferiority complex in which they’re trying to ape the secular academy and gain its approval. Those that resist this mentality often adopt a fundamentalist mentality in which they think they’ve got everything nailed down. That may work in the Christian ghetto, but it has no traction in the wider culture.


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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,12:32   

Here's Southern Evangelical Meth Lab....



It's basically a car-park with a tiny building in the middle. Presumably the bulk of the operation is underground?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,14:26   

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Here's Southern Evangelical Meth Lab....



It's basically a car-park with a tiny building in the middle. Presumably the bulk of the operation is underground?

That's the admin block. the science labs are on Polyantha Rose Circle.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,14:29   

Very optimistic car park.

I would be astounded if Dembski moved his family there.  He has resisted moving from near Waco since his Baylor days.

Moving expenses to SES?  Don't make me laugh!  Those guys can't even afford fake car cutouts for their empty parking lot.

Note that for WaD this is ANOTHER step DOWN in his career.  He's not moving up to the Univ. of Chicago, he's moving DOWN from a big seminary with actual buildings to a certificate printing company in the middle of an unlandscaped field.

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,14:39   



Edit: Dembski's sidekick is Jonathan McLatchie.

Edited by Kattarina98 on April 01 2012,14:40

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,14:42   

I wonder if Dembski still has his share in the Bar-B-Q joint? At least they can eat the scraps.

Edited by Dr.GH on April 01 2012,12:42

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,15:18   

Here's the SES cafeteria.



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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,15:45   

Quote (Doc Bill @ Mar. 31 2012,21:36)
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,16:55   

Quote (Dr.GH @ April 02 2012,03:11)
I find it rather odd that Southern Evangelical Seminary is YEC to the core, but their new "Scientific Apologetics" certificate program has as faculty Fazale Rana, and Hugh Ross, along with Dembski. They are all "old earth" creationists.

So, is SES just too stupid to know who they hired, or is there a change of heart.

I don't think that they are faculty. I think that they are just using these guys for nifty quotes.

ETA - Just checked and found that Fazale is giving a summer course on Chemistry & Molecular Biology during the summer.

Edited by MichaelJ on April 02 2012,08:00

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,16:59   

"The Best Schools" likes it:

http://www.thebestschools.org/blog.......ogetics

Shame about : "The biggest drawbacks are that its famous founder, Norman Geisler, no longer teaches there and that the school has only TRACS accreditation, lacking accreditation from the more-recognized SACS or ATS."

What is this "The Best Schools" thing?  It's weird.

They even mistake a UK diploma mill based in Oxford for Oxford University!*

Is it in fact the PR arm of SES?

ETA *my bad.  Apparently the "Oxford diploma mill" is Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,18:03   

Dembski is a fascinating character to me, in a train wreck sort of way.  Here's a guy who paid his dues in Chicago to earn a PhD in math and another one in philosophy, and those of use who have traveled this road know that you have to do certain things to reach the end, so congrats to Dr. Dr. for that work.

And then he threw it all away which is the fascinating, on-going train wreck.  Why?  He could have picked up a tenure track job in math or philosophy or both at a small or large university and settled into a nice, long, steady, anonymous career and that would have been that.

But, no.  He appears to have bought into a cult that fed his very large ego and he went downhill from there.  He had a brief chance at normalcy when offered the director's position at Baylor, but he managed to fuck that up, too, but not from academic ineptitude, rather from his penchant of taking Jackassedness to an art form.  And that seems to be his m.o. to this day.

Perhaps one of our trained psychologists can weigh in on the self-destructive personality type exhibited by Dembski, at least, that's my personal, untrained observation.

  
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Perhaps one of our trained psychologists can weigh in on the self-destructive personality type exhibited by Dembski, at least, that's my personal, untrained observation.


In psychological terminology, this is refered to as a "Christianist wack-a-doodle nut-job".

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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2012,21:26   

About Logos Associates: They seem to have a shortage of women scientists.  Perhaps because "Math is hard!"

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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2012,00:01   

Quote (Kattarina98 @ April 01 2012,12:39)


Edit: Dembski's sidekick is Jonathan McLatchie.

Toll!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2012,05:54   

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"Scientific Apologetics." ?!?!?!

Talk about the oxymoron of oxymorons!

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I apologize for the the heat at the center of sun explained by the theory of nuclear fission so help me god.


I apologize for the theory of the big bang and its explanation of the origin of the universe 13.5 billion years before the writing of Genesis and the novel use of the literary trope of deus ex machina to explain the origin of mankind.

I apologize for the exstinction of life at the end of Premian period.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2012,06:09   

Quote (Doc Bill @ April 01 2012,18:03)
Dembski is a fascinating character to me, in a train wreck sort of way.  Here's a guy who paid his dues in Chicago to earn a PhD in math and another one in philosophy, and those of use who have traveled this road know that you have to do certain things to reach the end, so congrats to Dr. Dr. for that work.

And then he threw it all away which is the fascinating, on-going train wreck.  Why?  He could have picked up a tenure track job in math or philosophy or both at a small or large university and settled into a nice, long, steady, anonymous career and that would have been that.

But, no.  He appears to have bought into a cult that fed his very large ego and he went downhill from there.  He had a brief chance at normalcy when offered the director's position at Baylor, but he managed to fuck that up, too, but not from academic ineptitude, rather from his penchant of taking Jackassedness to an art form.  And that seems to be his m.o. to this day.

Perhaps one of our trained psychologists can weigh in on the self-destructive personality type exhibited by Dembski, at least, that's my personal, untrained observation.

Well, as I understand it, his thesis for his philosophy PhD was "The Design Inference".

Which is clever, but fallacious.

So he had the choice of sticking with a fallacious argument and not getting very far, or following the light and using his considerable analytical skill.

But it's hard to give up a good argument, especially if you got it published and lots of people liked it.

And very tempting to keep trying to rescue it, which, as I see it, he continues to try to do, and to tell yourself the flaws are fixable.

I think it's quite sad.  I'm actually enjoying No Free Lunch.  It's a good effort.  It just doesn't work.

  
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TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2012,07:17   

Quote (Febble @ April 02 2012,06:09)
Quote (Doc Bill @ April 01 2012,18:03)
Dembski is a fascinating character to me, in a train wreck sort of way.  Here's a guy who paid his dues in Chicago to earn a PhD in math and another one in philosophy, and those of use who have traveled this road know that you have to do certain things to reach the end, so congrats to Dr. Dr. for that work.

And then he threw it all away which is the fascinating, on-going train wreck.  Why?  He could have picked up a tenure track job in math or philosophy or both at a small or large university and settled into a nice, long, steady, anonymous career and that would have been that.

But, no.  He appears to have bought into a cult that fed his very large ego and he went downhill from there.  He had a brief chance at normalcy when offered the director's position at Baylor, but he managed to fuck that up, too, but not from academic ineptitude, rather from his penchant of taking Jackassedness to an art form.  And that seems to be his m.o. to this day.

Perhaps one of our trained psychologists can weigh in on the self-destructive personality type exhibited by Dembski, at least, that's my personal, untrained observation.

Well, as I understand it, his thesis for his philosophy PhD was "The Design Inference".

Which is clever, but fallacious.

So he had the choice of sticking with a fallacious argument and not getting very far, or following the light and using his considerable analytical skill.

But it's hard to give up a good argument, especially if you got it published and lots of people liked it.

And very tempting to keep trying to rescue it, which, as I see it, he continues to try to do, and to tell yourself the flaws are fixable.

I think it's quite sad.  I'm actually enjoying No Free Lunch.  It's a good effort.  It just doesn't work.

If Dembski does have "considerable analytical skills" he would know that No Free Lunch was stillborn. This means he either doesn't have considerable analytical skills or he's egregiously dishonest.  I don't know how NFL could be considered a "good effort." Not only did it fail, it failed on a very superficial level.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2012,07:51   

Well some things are easier seen as fallacious from one PoV than another.

The Design Inference passed both the PhD examining committee and the CUP reviewers.

  
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Here's Southern Evangelical Meth Lab....



It's basically a car-park with a tiny building in the middle. Presumably the bulk of the operation is underground?

That's the admin block. the science labs are on Polyantha Rose Circle.


Hmmmm

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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2012,08:13   

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Well some things are easier seen as fallacious from one PoV than another.

The Design Inference passed both the PhD examining committee and the CUP reviewers.

Chain of mistakes = validation.  :O

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Chain of mistakes = validation.??:O


Well, evolution by mutation plus natural selection is in some sense a chain of mistakes, therefore... :)

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Well, evolution by mutation plus natural selection is in some sense a chain of mistakes, therefore... :)

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,16:14   

While all of you are attacking Dembski, you are not making any kind of argument of your own. No one has even made an argument against one of his statements. You have simply discredited him and sworn at him. While you may not agree with Dembski or Intelligent Design, give me a rational explanation about what specifically is wrong with it and defend your own position. You are actually demonstrating exactly what he says neo-Atheists do in his book The End of Christianity when he says:

“Instead of presenting scientific evidence that shows atheism to be true (or probable), the neo-atheists moralize about how much better the world would be if only atheism were true. Far from demonstrating that God does not exist, the neo-atheists merely demonstrate how earnestly they desire that God not exist.”

Your criticism towards Dembski would be much more founded if you actually had an argument against him or his belief.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,16:32   

Hey, kn0808, how's this for an argument:

Fuck You!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,16:39   

Quote (kn0808 @ May 01 2012,07:14)
While all of you are attacking Dembski, you are not making any kind of argument of your own. No one has even made an argument against one of his statements. You have simply discredited him and sworn at him. While you may not agree with Dembski or Intelligent Design, give me a rational explanation about what specifically is wrong with it and defend your own position. You are actually demonstrating exactly what he says neo-Atheists do in his book The End of Christianity when he says:

“Instead of presenting scientific evidence that shows atheism to be true (or probable), the neo-atheists moralize about how much better the world would be if only atheism were true. Far from demonstrating that God does not exist, the neo-atheists merely demonstrate how earnestly they desire that God not exist.”

Your criticism towards Dembski would be much more founded if you actually had an argument against him or his belief.

You'd really have to either be eight or have your head permanently in the sand to think nobody has presented arguments against Dembski or supporting atheism.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,16:52   

Quote (kn0808 @ April 30 2012,16:14)
While all of you are attacking Dembski, you are not making any kind of argument of your own. No one has even made an argument against one of his statements. You have simply discredited him and sworn at him. While you may not agree with Dembski or Intelligent Design, give me a rational explanation about what specifically is wrong with it and defend your own position. You are actually demonstrating exactly what he says neo-Atheists do in his book The End of Christianity when he says:

“Instead of presenting scientific evidence that shows atheism to be true (or probable), the neo-atheists moralize about how much better the world would be if only atheism were true. Far from demonstrating that God does not exist, the neo-atheists merely demonstrate how earnestly they desire that God not exist.”

Your criticism towards Dembski would be much more founded if you actually had an argument against him or his belief.

And what has Dembski ever done except to redefine design explicitly in order to include life within that definition?  It was an entirely illegitimate attempt to get around the fact that he has no evidence that life was designed, hence the resort to merely defining it as designed.

All of the rest of his nonsense is just so much noise to try to cover up that dishonest word-gaming.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,17:26   

Is it here to fulfill a Dembski course requirement?

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,17:31   

Quote (kn0808 @ April 30 2012,16:14)
While all of you are attacking Dembski, you are not making any kind of argument of your own. No one has even made an argument against one of his statements. You have simply discredited him and sworn at him. While you may not agree with Dembski or Intelligent Design, give me a rational explanation about what specifically is wrong with it and defend your own position. You are actually demonstrating exactly what he says neo-Atheists do in his book The End of Christianity when he says:

“Instead of presenting scientific evidence that shows atheism to be true (or probable), the neo-atheists moralize about how much better the world would be if only atheism were true. Far from demonstrating that God does not exist, the neo-atheists merely demonstrate how earnestly they desire that God not exist.”

Your criticism towards Dembski would be much more founded if you actually had an argument against him or his belief.

Here's your problem "his belief"

No one argues against his beliefs.  No one cares.  The problem is that he is lying and attempting to promote his beliefs as science and math.  Which is fundamentally and in every way wrong.

If he ever presents an actual argument that involves science, valid mathematics, or correct logical reasoning... then we'll happily dissect it.

Until then, there is nothing to do but laugh at him.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,17:40   

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Is it here to fulfill a Dembski course requirement?

Yeah, sounds like it's extra-credit time again. Same mindless defense of Dr.^2 without actually bothering to look at how many times his tripe has been shown to be meaningless bafflegab, intended only to sell books to the rubes.

How predictable.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,17:51   

That's actually useful.  I'm curious as to how accurately my idea of his course syllabus is.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,18:07   

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Your criticism towards Dembski would be much more founded if you actually had an argument against him or his belief.

You are obviously not looking carefully enough.  Dr Dembski states that regular processes cannot generate CSI.  This is incorrect, regular processes can generate CSI.

CSI involves specified information, so we need a specification.  I will use the specification: The text of the King James Translation.

Now here is a piece of text:

Va gur ortvaavat Tbq perngrq gur urnira naq gur rnegu ... Gur tenpr bs bhe Ybeq Wrfhf Puevfg or jvgu lbh nyy. Nzra.

This text does not meet our specification.  It is of exactly the correct length, note the large ellipsis in the middle, but it does not contain the text of the KJV.  It is complex, because of its length bit it is not specified, hence there is zero CSI present in this text.

Now apply a regular process to this text.  ROT13 is a regular process, a MOD 26 alphabetic shift of +13: a <-> n, b <-> o etc.  What do we get when we apply this regular process to the text above?  We get this:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth ... The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

That changed text meets the specification, and is the same length.  Hence it is complex, specified and it is information.  The transformed text contains CSI -- Complex Specified Information.  A regular process has gone from zero CSI initially to a large quantity of CSI after its application.  This invalidates Dr. Dembski's claim that regular processes cannot generate CSI.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,18:50   

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While all of you are attacking Dembski, you are not making any kind of argument of your own. No one has even made an argument against one of his statements.

I've made arguments against his statements. In particular, I've made arguments against (some of) his statements regarding his so-called 'Explanatory Filter'.
Dembski has stated that the Filter is simply a formalized, more-rigorous version of the design-detection methodology everyone uses. But the Filter is strictly an eliminative process -- you rule out Explanation A, then rule out Explanation B, and keep on ruling out explanations, and if you run out of explanations to rule out, you conclude 'Design' is the explanation -- and we don't use eliminative processes to recognize design. If we used eliminative processes to recognize who painted a particular painting, that process of recognition would look something like this: "Okay, it's not a Magritte… it's not a Rembrandt… it's not a Picasso… it's not a Van Gogh… (next several hundred, if not thousand, "it's not So-and-so" eliminations omitted 'cause they'd be horribly boring to read) …aha! Got it—that painting is a Rockwell!" But that doesn't happen; nobody recognizes a Rockwell because it's not like [insert list of painters it isn't like]. Rather, we recognize a Rockwell because it is like a Rockwell. You don't recognize Rockwell-style brushstrokes because they aren't the sort of brushstrokes used by [insert list of other painters]; rather, you recognize Rockwell-style brushstrokes because you know the characteristics of Rockwell's brushstrokes, and you can recognize those characteristics when you see them.
More generally, we don't recognize any member of Category X on the grounds that it's not similar to things which are not members of Category X; rather we recognize a member of Category X on the grounds that it is similar to known members of category X.
Contrary to Dembski's Filter, which is built on the presupposition that we recognize Design on the basis that Design is not like non-Design, how we actually recognize Design is on the basis that Design is like known examples of Design.
As well, I've argued that Dembski's Filter cannot do the job Dembski claims it can unless it's being used by an omniscient entity. The Filter is all about elimination of non-Design explanation, right? Fine—but how can you eliminate a non-Design explanation you don't know about? Answer: You can't eliminate a non-Design explanation you don't know about. Therefore, Dembski's Filter necessarily yields a false positive result of "yep, it's Designed" whenever any investigator uses that Filter on a subject that has a non-Design explanation of which that investigator is ignorant.
So... Dembski's Filter is not a more-rigorous version of intellectual processes which are in common use, even tho he says it is. Any time the Filter yields a result of 'yes, it's Designed', there is no way to distinguish between (a) the Filter having correctly identified Design in a Designed whatzit, or (b) the investigator being unaware of the non-Design explanation for a non-Designed whatzit.
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You have simply discredited him...

False. The person who has discredited Dembski is Dembski himself. All his critics have done is point out that he is discredited.
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While you may not agree with Dembski or Intelligent Design, give me a rational explanation about what specifically is wrong with it and defend your own position.

Asked and answered. Feel free to show me what's wrong with my criticism of Dembski's Filter.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,19:32   

Dembski himself, or as Dave Scott (Esq.) would say "his own self" wrote that the Explanatory Filter doesn't work, he can't make it work, he can't figure it out and he's given up on it.

The only thing the fucker Dembski does consistently is LIE!

So, little Twerp Pastor-to-Be, if that's what you are, you're getting a great education by one of the most despicable, roundly derided, self-made loser (Univ. of Chicago to Baylor to Big Seminary to Little Seminary to unaccredited bum-fuck diploma mill) pathological lying fuckwit sociopaths on the planet!  Congratulations!

Oh, btw, I think you tallied your 10 responses so you'll get at least a "C" in Dembski's class on Totally Fucking Useless Shit.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,21:19   

Quote (kn0808 @ April 30 2012,14:14)
While all of you are attacking Dembski, you are not making any kind of argument of your own. No one has even made an argument against one of his statements.

Although there are many other profesional debunkings of Dembski's bullshit, I am obviously partial to mine, "The Explanitory Filter, Archaeology, and Forensics," in:

Matt Young, Taner Edis (Editors),
2004  "Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism" Rutgers University Press

It is better to read the 2005 paperback edition.

Then there are every other article in "Why Intellignet Design Fails." Then there are several other books;

Mark Perakh
2003 "Unintelligent Design" New York: Prometheus Press
(Mark was also a contributer to "Why Intelligent Design Fails," and a double Ph. D.).

Robert T. Pennock (Editor)
2001 "Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives" MIT Press

Laurie R. Godfrey (Editor), Andrew J. Petto (Editor)
2008 “Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond” W. W. Norton & Company

Susskind, Leonard
2005 "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design"  New York: Little and Brown Publishers

Edited by Dr.GH on April 30 2012,19:28

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: April 30 2012,21:44   

So, let us not forget that Dembski's bullshit efforts at creationist mathematics have also been fully discredited by real mathematicians. Or, if you prefer, competent professional mathematicians have debunked Dembski's bullshit. Examples;

"William Dembski's treatment of the No Free Lunch theorems is written in jello," David Wolpert

"Information Theory, Evolutionary Computation, and Dembski's Complex Specified Information" 2003 Wesley Elsberry, Jeffrey Shallit

and so on ...

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Cubist



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(Permalink) Posted: May 01 2012,03:50   

It's worth noting that our host, Wesley Elsberry, is co-author (with John Wilkins) of an essay called The advantages of theft over toil: the design inference and arguing from ignorance, which basically eviscerates Dembski's Explanatory Filter in a most rigorous manner. And since our new friend is concerned about the putative disrespect Dembski has received from the community of real scientists, perhaps he or she might want to browse the Invidious Comparisons forum on this board, which documents various examples of just this sort of impolite behavior on the part of ID=pushers -- including Dembski himself. By the way, do you know if Dembski has created any more Flash animations lately?

Later editation: There is a thread devoted to discussion between Dembski's students and the regulars hereabouts which may have some relevance here.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 01 2012,16:54   

Quote (rossum @ April 30 2012,19:07)
Quote (kn0808 @ April 30 2012,16:14)
Your criticism towards Dembski would be much more founded if you actually had an argument against him or his belief.

You are obviously not looking carefully enough.  Dr Dembski states that regular processes cannot generate CSI.  This is incorrect, regular processes can generate CSI.

CSI involves specified information, so we need a specification.  I will use the specification: The text of the King James Translation.

Now here is a piece of text:

Va gur ortvaavat Tbq perngrq gur urnira naq gur rnegu ... Gur tenpr bs bhe Ybeq Wrfhf Puevfg or jvgu lbh nyy. Nzra.

This text does not meet our specification.  It is of exactly the correct length, note the large ellipsis in the middle, but it does not contain the text of the KJV.  It is complex, because of its length bit it is not specified, hence there is zero CSI present in this text.

Now apply a regular process to this text.  ROT13 is a regular process, a MOD 26 alphabetic shift of +13: a <-> n, b <-> o etc.  What do we get when we apply this regular process to the text above?  We get this:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth ... The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

That changed text meets the specification, and is the same length.  Hence it is complex, specified and it is information.  The transformed text contains CSI -- Complex Specified Information.  A regular process has gone from zero CSI initially to a large quantity of CSI after its application.  This invalidates Dr. Dembski's claim that regular processes cannot generate CSI.

rossum

BTW, the Hebrew version of ROT13, Atbash, is used in the Bible itself.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 09 2012,17:11   

dembski pukes up some tard

Wow, is that guy nuts or what?

Hey joe g (or any other IDiot), do you still want to argue that ID isn't a religious agenda? Do you still want to argue that your hero and often appealed to ID expert and authority dembski doesn't believe and assert that the designer is the christian god? Do you agree with dembski that the designer is the christian god? Do you still want to argue that ID has no dispute with common descent? What all do you think of dembski's comments?

And hey joe, is your muslim god allah the same as the christian god yhwh?

Edited by The whole truth on May 09 2012,15:15

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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2012,17:11   

Wow, it did me good to stop by after a long absence and see this old thread near the top! Makes me pine for those good 'ole days of Friday meltdowns and bodacious wagers.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2012,17:58   

Quote (dheddle @ May 10 2012,17:11)
Wow, it did me good to stop by after a long absence and see this old thread near the top! Makes me pine for those good 'ole days of Friday meltdowns and bodacious wagers.

welcome back Dave - and we didn't even have to promise you an EZ Sheep, LIKE SOME PEOPLE WE KNOW....

jd

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sledgehammer



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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2012,19:49   

Dembski sez:    
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Many definitions of miracles exist, but the one central to this discussion treats them as events beyond the ordinary powers of nature. Men dead and buried for three days don't rise again simply through the ordinary forces of nature (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein notwithstanding). Likewise, it is an open question whether purely natural forces are able to produce the information-rich structures that we find in living things. To say that Darwin or his naturalistic successors have solved this problem is delusional.
{emphasis added}

Hmm.
However, believing that a dead guy became alive just because a 2000 year old legend based on scant hearsay evidence provided by someone with an agenda says so is not delusional?

 Skeptical, I am.

Whose delusion is better supported by the scientific method?

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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2012,22:43   

Maybe if one of them were to produce an operational definition of "information-rich", so that others would have some information as to what that phrase means!

After all, inanimate objects can have complicated arrangements of atoms, molecules and ions, even if they lack the tendency to catalyze the production of close copies of themselves.

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2012,23:08   

Thanks for the Dimski links. He isn't aging well.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 11 2012,05:51   

Quote (Dr.GH @ May 10 2012,21:08)
Thanks for the Dimski links. He isn't aging well.

"He isn't aging well."

Likely due to his terminal case of early onset tarditis.  :)

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