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Friday, December 12, 2008

Ouch! You didn't have to pinch so hard!

Y'all remember a week or so ago when I blogged about Wild Bill Dembski finally abandoning his absurd explanatory filter concept? Yeah, well, never mind. I apparently spoke too soon:



Or, in plain human speech:

In an off-hand comment in a thread on this blog I remarked that I was dispensing with the Explanatory Filter in favor of just going with straight-up specified complexity. On further reflection, I think the Explanatory Filter ranks among the most brilliant inventions of all time (right up there with sliced bread). I’m herewith reinstating it — it will appear, without reservation or hesitation, in all my future work on design detection.


Well... great. At least he's modest about his bad ideas, I guess.

Carry on.


For those who are wondering, yes, I am aware that he may intend this most recent communique to contain sarcasm. I am not unsympathetic to that but, really, considering his published canon is effectively one long quasi-mathematical descent into madness, how is one to tell? For crying out loud the journal "Evolution" said of the book in which Dembski introduced the idea: "The text soon becomes a dazzling congeries of binomial coefficients, perturbation probabilities, and sundry mathematical notation, all in the service of a computation that may as well have been written in Klingon for all the connection it has to reality. Modeling the formation of complex structures via a three-part process of atomization, convergence, and assembly is terribly unrealistic." If Dembski's post is meant as a joke then the explanatory filter is the punchline.

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