A more detailed explanation of how to think about information and complexity can be found in a recent lecture I gave at Gordon College. To follow the lecture, it is helpful to have these notes.
I’ll try to summarize the key points here once more.
Information is physical complexity which may occur through natural causes or crafted . . . → Read More: Information and complexity
In light of the comments by Jon and Bill, I’d like to devote this post to restating what I’ve already posted but in somewhat different terms to hopefully make it clearer. I’m trying to make two specific points.
Point #1: Meyer devotes his book to showing that CSI always comes from an intelligent source and since DNA . . . → Read More: Information from an Intelligent Source
Meyer has argued that complex specified information (CSI) necessarily comes from an intelligent source. Thus, his book emphasizes demonstrating that DNA information is CSI, and therefore must have come from an intelligent agent. I previously suggested that a better indication of an intelligent source of information is abstraction. Since CSI as defined by Meyer can include . . . → Read More: Information and intelligent sources
In his book, Meyer seeks to show that ID offers a scientifically valid approach to inferring that an intelligent agent was responsible for the development of living systems. He acknowledges that Dembski’s explanatory filter is not sufficient to demonstrate such design causality. He appeals to the work of Charles Lyell, Charles Darwin, and Michael Scriven to . . . → Read More: Historical causal analysis
The crux of Stephen Meyer’s argument in Signature in the Cell can be succinctly summarized in this syllogism:
1. DNA information is complex specified information (CSI)
2. All complex specified information is generated by intelligent beings
3. Therefore, DNA information was generated by an intelligent agent
The first sentence is amply documented in his book following the definitions laid out over . . . → Read More: The Argument from Intelligence
Welcome to the ASA book discussion of Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer, published in the summer of 2009. This is a major work by Meyer, covering his extensive journey to solve what he calls the “DNA enigma” by which he means the origin of the DNA information that is ubiquitous in life. It is . . . → Read More: Signature in the Cell