Over the past few years, I’ve seen ID critics advance some wild and amusing conspiracy theories about the reasons for my departure and absence.
William Dembski and Robert J. Marks developed the concept of active information to measure the extent to which a search function appears pre-programmed to find some target.
A skeptic might ask, “Couldn’t a more technologically advanced civilization develop new sources of fuel that require less mass?”
Perhaps in ten years we’ll be having this conversation again — and perhaps at that time the Smithsonian Institution will give us all a more objective analysis of the evidence.
I was motivated to do this study after two papers were published in 2018 on the difficulty of launching rockets from super-earths.