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specified complexity

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Information, Specified Complexity and the Explanatory Filter

On this episode of ID the Future, we hear the third and final portion of a talk given at the 2020 Dallas Science and Faith conference. Daniel Reeves, education outreach coordinator at Discovery Institute, rounds out his extended explanation of intelligent design theory. Far from being “Gee whiz that’s complicated; it must be designed!,” the theory relies on well-defined concepts such as specified complexity and an explanatory filter that allows one to distinguish designed events from either chance, necessity, or a combination of the two. The key in the molecular biological realm: detecting functional information.

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Covid-19, Random Mutations, and Aristotle’s Matrix of Design

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid speaks with neurosurgeon Michael Egnor about Egnor’s recent Evolution News article, The Coronavirus Demonstrates How Evolution Presupposes Intelligent Design. Egnor notes that the coronavirus and other viruses are not, strictly speaking, considered living things, even if they depend on living hosts for their continued existence. Egnor also discusses the role of random mutations in viruses and draws upon Aristotle to argue that these and other random events only occur, and have their meaning, against a backdrop of purpose and design — in this case, the designed systems — the bodies — that viruses invade.

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Stephen Meyer: Yes, Intelligent Design is Detectable in Nature

On this episode of ID the Future, Andrew McDiarmid reads a popular essay by philosopher of science Stephen Meyer on the detectability of intelligent design in nature. The article recently appeared in Sapientia, and here at Evolution News. In the piece, Meyer explains the logic by which we routinely know there’s been a creative intelligence at work. Meyer unpacks this logic in terms of information, which we can see clearly in the cell, but elsewhere in nature, too. He also shows how this detection method is an established part of the historical sciences.

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Algorithmic Specified Complexity Part III: Measuring Meaning in Images

On this episode of ID The Future, Robert Marks and Winston Ewert, both of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, discuss three of their recently published papers dealing with evolutionary informatics, algorithmic specified complexity and how information makes evolution work.

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Algorithmic Specified Complexity Part II: Application to Conway’s Game of Life

On this episode of ID The Future, Robert Marks and Winston Ewert, both of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, discuss three of their recently published papers dealing with evolutionary informatics, algorithmic specified complexity and how information makes evolution work. This is the second of three segments.

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Algorithmic Specified Complexity Part I: Genesis

On this episode of ID The Future, Robert Marks and Winston Ewert, both of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, discuss three of their recently published papers dealing with evolutionary informatics, algorithmic specified complexity and how information makes evolution work. This is the first of three segments.

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ID Inquiry: Jonathan Wells on Codes in Biology

On this episode of ID the Future, hear the second episode of our ID The Future segment ID Inquiry, in which ID scientists and scholars answer your questions about intelligent design and evolution. Ask your question by sending an email to editor@evolutionnews.org, and tune in to this episode as Dr. Jonathan Wells explains the concept of codes in living things, and how they affect the debate over neo-Darwinism and intelligent design.

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Jonathan Wells: Is There Biological Information Outside of the DNA?, pt. 4

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Jonathan Wells continues his discussion with Casey Luskin about his recently published paper, “Membrane Patterns Carry Ontogenetic Information That Is Specified Independently of DNA.” In previous podcasts, Dr. Wells has shown that embryo development requires information carried by membrane patterns in embryonic cells. Today, Dr. Wells discusses what this means for our understanding of evolution.

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Jonathan Wells: Is There Biological Information Outside of the DNA?, pt. 3

On this episode of ID the Future, hear more from Dr. Jonathan Wells on his recently published paper, “Membrane Patterns Carry Ontogenetic Information That Is Specified Independently of DNA.” Dr. Wells explains how information is carried in the form of a bioelectric code, and how it differs from information in DNA.

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Jonathan Wells: Is There Biological Information Outside of the DNA?, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Jonathan Wells continues his conversation with Casey Luskin about his most recently published peer-reviewed article, “Membrane Patterns Carry Ontogenetic Information That Is Specified Independently of DNA.” Listen in as Dr. Wells discusses the “sugar code,” a non-DNA form of information that is determined by complex patterns of sugar molecules on membrane surfaces.