Re: intell. des. and Berra's folly

Loren Haarsma (
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 11:19:44 -0400 (EDT)

> What is the difinition of Irreducible complexity according to Behe?
> If I remember correctly is a biological system composed of various
> indispensable andstratigically assembled parts. If any of these parts
> is missing the system will not function.
> Now. Can anybody think of a few things we can remove from the world
> economy and yet it will contuinue to function? If you can the answer
> is that the world economy is not I.C.

Think of the entire economy as analogous to the cell. It contains
irreducibly complex sub-systems. Some components are part of IC
sub-systems, some are not. Some components are vital to survival of the
whole, some are not.

Although changes in our economy are driven by intelligent agents, such a
system can be modelled by an algorythm with "autonomous agents" each
employing strategies to maximize some function of input variables. Could
such a model start from "simple" initial conditions and evolve into a
system with IC sub-systems? I haven't seen such work published, but my
guess is it could probably be done.

Loren Haarsma