Re: Intelligent Design

Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 23:07:07 EST

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    In a message dated 3/20/01 9:51:01 AM Mountain Standard Time, writes:

    << Dear All,
     The current edition of Philosphy Now (March/April 2001) has an article by
     Todd Moody of Jesuit St Joseph's University Philadelphia on 'Intelligent
     He makes a philosphical case as to why that the proponents of ID should be
     heard and not ignored, even if they are not right in the end.
     Unfortunately, the article is not on the web but details of the Journal can
     be found at or
     Geoff Bagley

    And on the other side of the coin, University of Wisconsin philosphers
    Branden Fitelson, Christopher Stephens, and Elliott Sober ("How Not to Detect
    Design--Critical Notice: William A. Dembski, The Design Inference": ,1999,
    Philosophy of Science, v. 66, p. 472-488) conclude that "friends of Design
    should shun the [design] Filter [of Dembski], not embrace it".

    They also say:
       "In what follows, we will show that Dembski's account of design inference
    is deeply flawed. Sometimes he is too hard on hypotheses of intelligent
    design; at other times he is too lenient. Neither creationists, nor
    evolutionists, nor people who are trying to detect design in nontheological
    contexts should adopt Dembski's framework".

    Karl V. Evans

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