The advantages of theft over toil: The design inference and arguing from ignorance [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 16 (5):711-724 (2001)
Abstract
Intelligent design theorist William Dembski has proposed an ``explanatory filter'' for distinguishing between events due to chance,lawful regularity or design. We show that if Dembski's filter were adopted as a scientific heuristic, some classical developments in science would not be rational, and that Dembski's assertion that the filter reliably identifies rarefied design requires ignoring the state of background knowledge. If background information changes even slightly, the filter's conclusion will vary wildly. Dembski fails to overcome Hume's objections to arguments from design.
Keywords Bayesian inference  Darwin  Dembski  intelligent design  natural selection
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