Friday, October 28, 2005

The Brontosaurus

The Brontosaurus
Monty Python’s flying creationism.
William Saletan (Slate)
Can ID make testable predictions? Not really. If we posit that a given biological system was designed, Rothschild asks, what can we infer about the designer’s abilities? Just “that the designer had the ability to make the design that is under consideration,” says Behe. “Beyond that, we would be extrapolating beyond the evidence.” Does Behe not understand that extrapolating beyond initial evidence is exactly the job of a hypothesis? Does he not grasp the meaninglessness of saying a designer designed things that were designed?

No more meaningless than saying natural selection selected things that were selected? Not so fast.

Related: A review of Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box by the only practicing empiricist in the design/evolution playoff and the leading theorist of evolutions on the internets.

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