Lecture Notes for PHIL 4604 - Philosophy of Biology with Haufe at Virginia Tech (VT)

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Material Type:Class Note 1
Class:PHIL 4604 - Philosophy of Biology
University:Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University
Term:Spring 2008
  • Intelligent Design
  • Biological Concept
  • Heterosexuals
  • In/on/at a Place
  • The Independent
  • Interbreeding
  • Homoplasies
  • Explanation
  • Populations
  • Age of the Earth
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Dembski- The Logical Underpinnings of Intelligent Design: (Arguments for Intelligent Design) 1. Randomness • “As I reflected on this asymmetry between randomness and non-randomness, it became clear that randomness was not an intrinsic property of objects. Instead, randomness was a provisional designation for describing an absence of perceived pattern until such time as a pattern was perceived, at which time the object in question would no longer be considered random.” • Cannot be defined, unpredictable 2. Coin toss example- one looks random, one doesn’t, yet both have same chance of occurrence Design Inference • Specifications- patterns suitable for eliminating chance With the logarithmic table example, the crucial elements in drawing a design inference were the occurrence of a highly improbable event (in this case, getting the same incorrect digits in the seventh and eighth decimal places) and the match with an independently given pattern or specification (the same pattern of errors was repeated ...

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