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Coded information – a sign of intelligence or not? April 16, 2010

Posted by Bill Belew in science.
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Two scientists:

One is an astronomer who thinks that any code they pick up, no matter how tiny or unsophisticated is evidence that there is intelligence behind it. His/her thinking, “coded information does not come about by chance.”

The other is a biologist who thinks that the detailed information that can be found in each cell down to the molecular level with enough information to fill a library did NOT have an intelligent source because, well the only way it could come about is by chance.

Which scientist has the right idea?

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1. Kirk Bertsche - April 16, 2010

A few years ago a co-worker was railing against ID (Intelligent Design), and I pointed out to him that ID uses essentially the same reasoning that SETI does. He liked SETI, so this silenced him and caused him to re-think his objections to ID.

As I recall, William Dembski’s PhD work was SETI-related. He then applied the same reasoning to design in nature, becoming one of the leaders of the ID movement.

2. dancingfromgenesis - April 17, 2010

If this isn’t proof of intelligent design (article #2 at http://IceAgeCivilizations.com) , obviously benevolent (or is it coincidence?), then what more can be done?


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