Re: Stereotypes and reputations

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Wed Aug 10 2005 - 08:46:20 EDT

I stand corrected about that.

However, he is a fellow of Dembski's ISCID, which is commonly seen as
an "anti-evolutionist" organization. Maybe Tipler has changed his
views, or supports an "intelligently designed evolution" type


On 8/10/05, Glenn Morton <> wrote:
> Iain Strachan <> wrote:
> Frank Tipler is an atheist who appears not to believe in evolution (or
> at any rate is pro-ID). I think he explains everything away via his
> Omega point theory, which attempts to reduce God to a physics
> phenomenon arising out of potentially infinite information processing
> capabilities just before the Big Crunch.
> GRM: In the Physics of Immortality, Tipler actually says
> "The consensus opinion returned to Darwinism in the 1930s and 1940s
> with the development of the Modern Synthesis, which invokes nonpurposive
> mechanisms-natural selection, random genetic drift, mutation, migration, and
> geographic isolation--to account for evolution. Organisms are created by
> blind deterministic mechanisms combined with others that are effectively
> random. (Here, I might add, is another example of science returning to a
> previously rejected theory. A return for which I am glad, since the Omega
> Point Theory presupposes the truth of the Modern Synthesis; indeed its truth
> is essential for the free will model developed in Chapter V.) By the end of
> the 1940s, all trace of God had been eliminated from evolutionary biology."
> p. 9
> Thus, I would disagree that Tipler doesn't believe in evolution. Unless he
> has changed since the publication of that book.
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