irreducible complexity

Joel Cannon (
Mon, 2 Dec 1996 14:54:32 -0600 (CST)

As someone whose research involves large scale simulations, and phase
transitions, which are by nature sudden, "cooperative" phenomena I am
skeptical of the claims of irreducible complexity. In short it feels
more like its possiblity is ruled out because "A", and everyone else
so far cannot think of a mechanism, even though they have thought very
hard about it.

I wonder how many other problems (for example the universe's missing
mass) could be dismissed on the basis of this logic.


Since some are not aware of the missing mass problem, here is a short
shot with apologies if I am not completely precise about it (I'm not
an astronomer).

If we take Newton's Law of gravitation to be universal, then based on
the orbital velocity of stars around the center of the galaxy (and I
believe a host of other astronomical data), then there is a factor of
about ten times more mass present in the universe (and the Milky Way)
that we are not to able detect, so called "dark matter." So far the
better the measurements (e.g. with Hubble) the more possibilities
eliminated. At present astrophysicists are reduced to shrugging their
shoulders and suggesting exotic solutions. It is a real puzzler.

Joel W. Cannon
Dept. of Physics
Centenary College of Louisiana
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