View Full Document

Intelligent Design and Mathematical Statistics



View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

5 views

Unformatted text preview:

Biol Philos 2008 23 545 553 DOI 10 1007 s10539 007 9078 6 Intelligent design and mathematical statistics a troubled alliance Peter Olofsson Received 28 February 2007 Accepted 4 June 2007 Published online 7 August 2007 Springer Science Business Media B V 2007 Abstract The explanatory filter is a proposed method to detect design in nature with the aim of refuting Darwinian evolution The explanatory filter borrows its logical structure from the theory of statistical hypothesis testing but we argue that when viewed within this context the filter runs into serious trouble in any interesting biological application Although the explanatory filter has been extensively criticized from many angles we present the first rigorous criticism based on the theory of mathematical statistics Keywords Intelligent design Evolution Mathematical statistics Hypothesis testing Introduction A classic creationist argument against Darwinian evolution is that it is as likely as a tornado in a junkyard creating a Boeing 747 In recent years the criticism has become more measured coming not from young earth creationists but from proponents of Intelligent Design ID The main claim of the ID proponents is that some biological phenomena are impossible to adequately explain without referring to design The perhaps most prominent representative for the ID movement is biochemist Michael Behe whose 1996 book Darwin s Black Box Behe 1996 presents challenges to Darwinian evolution based on irreducibly complex biochemical systems A system is irreducibly complex if it consists of several different parts that are such that if any of them is removed the system loses its function altogether The favorite biological example is the bacterial flagellum the little outboard motor that some bacteria are equipped with and to which we will return later Behe s point is that Darwinian evolution cannot account for the emergence of irreducibly complex systems as all the parts need to be in place at once Other than that Behe



Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view Intelligent Design and Mathematical Statistics and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view Intelligent Design and Mathematical Statistics and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?