What keeps scientific fraud in check is our ability to detect it, and it’s the design inference that does the detecting.
Is there an empirical method to determine whether a system is the product of chance or design?
Farina misses the key second component of design inferences. His pattern of birthdays is completely unspecified.
Here is a fascinating and very different pair of scientific, religious, and philosophical conversations, both with UC San Diego physicist Brian Keating.
Philosopher of science Paul Nelson explores an intriguing tension in the thinking of the famous scientist and science popularizer.