No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased Without Intelligence

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 404 pages
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Darwin's greatest accomplishment was to show how life might be explained as the result of natural selection. But does Darwin's theory mean that life was unintended? William A. Dembski argues that it does not. In this book Dembski extends his theory of intelligent design. Building on his earlier work in The Design Inference (Cambridge, 1998), he defends that life must be the product of intelligent design. Critics of Dembski's work have argued that evolutionary algorithms show that life can be explained apart from intelligence. But by employing powerful recent results from the No Free Lunch Theory, Dembski addresses and decisively refutes such claims. As the leading proponent of intelligent design, Dembski reveals a designer capable of originating the complexity and specificity found throughout the cosmos. Scientists and theologians alike will find this book of interest as it brings the question of creation firmly into the realm of scientific debate.
 

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Contents

The Third Mode of Explanation
xxiii
12 Rehabilitating Design
xxv
14 Specification
xxxvii
15 Probabilistic Resources
xl
16 False Negatives and False Positives
2
17 Why the Criterion Works
8
18 The Darwinian Challenge to Design
10
19 The Constraining of Contingency
14
42 Optimization
164
43 Statement of the Problem
167
44 Choosing the Right Fitness Function
172
45 Blind Search
176
46 The No Free Lunch Theorems
179
47 The Displacement Problem
183
48 Darwinian Evolution in Nature
187
49 Following the Information Trail
192

110 The Darwinian Extrapolation
17
Another Way to Detect Design?
25
22 Generalizing Fishers Approach
29
Nicholas Caputo
35
The Compressibility of Bit Strings
38
25 Detachability
42
26 Sweeping the Field of Chance Hypotheses
47
27 Justifying the Generalization
51
28 The Inflation of Probabilistic Resources
63
29 Design by Comparison
81
210 Design by Elimination
90
Specified Complexity as Information
105
32 Syntactic Statistical and Algorithmic Information
109
33 Information in Context
113
34 Conceptual and Physical Information
117
35 Complex Specified Information
120
36 Semantic Information
125
37 Biological Information
127
38 The Origin of Complex Specified Information
129
39 The Law of Conservation of Information
139
310 A Fourth Law of Thermodynamics?
146
Evolutionary Algorithms
159
410 Coevolving Fitness Landscapes
204
The Emergence of Irreducibly Complex Systems
217
52 The Challenge of Irreducible Complexity
224
53 Scaffolding and Roman Arches
230
54 Cooptation Patchwork and Bricolage
232
55 Incremental Indispensability
234
56 Reducible Complexity
239
57 Miscellaneous Objections
245
58 The Logic of Invariants
249
59 FineTuning Irreducible Complexity
257
510 Doing the Calculation
265
Design as a Scientific Research Program
287
62 The Pattern of Evolution
290
63 The Incompleteness of Natural Laws
301
64 Does Specified Complexity Have a Mechanism?
304
65 The Nature of Nature
309
66 Must All Design in Nature Be FrontLoaded?
319
67 Embodied and Unembodied Designers
323
68 Who Designed the Designer?
329
69 Testability
331
610 Magic Mechanism and Design
341
Index
357

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William A. Dembski is associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University and senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture in Seattle.

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