From: John Burgeson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 03 2002 - 16:52:29 EDT
>>Burgy gives Newton as an example (the first?) of a scientist using ID in
work. In fact ID ideas trace back to the Stoics, as they are fully aware
themselves, and a great many scientists over the years have seen design as
an integral part of their scientific work.>>
Thanks for additional info. I should have said that the earliest use of the
concept (and I think the use of the very phrase "Intelligent Agent") that I
had seen was that of Newton, and that I had not tried to trace it back
beyond that time.
When I was arguing the ideas in 1987, I was somewhat proud of the "fact"
that I had "invented" the term "intelligent agent," and it was one of my
chief critics who pointed out that Newton had anticipated the term. I think
it is a useful term, whether or not one holds any belief that it describes a
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