Methodological naturalism — the philosophical doctrine that scientific explanations must refer only to natural causes — is the central and most controversial concept in all discussions of evolution, creationism, and intelligent design.
“Genetic algorithms are widely cited as demonstrating the power of natural selection to produce biological complexity.”
“I admire the workman in the details of his work, and I am quite certain that all these wheels only work together in this fashion for some common end which I cannot perceive.”
ID theorists employ a variety of terms for measuring functional biological information.
According to a familiar accusation from critics of intelligent design, ID is nothing more than a recent invention of the Christian Right.
A skeptic might reply that we don’t observe ocean sediment abruptly causing increases in the information content of genomes.
The author seeks to engage with the dissenting position respectfully and gracefully. For this, he is to be commended.
As ENV readers may know, I wrote an article, “A Second Look at the Second Law,” that was reviewed and accepted by Applied Mathematics Letters (AML) in 2011, then withdrawn at the last minute.
On an almost weekly basis, new research floods in documenting previously unidentified functionality of many different classes of non-coding DNA elements.