Meyer claims that specified complex information can only arise from an intelligent source, justifying that claim by citing a series of examples. One of those examples is computer code. In my previous post, I suggested that this was not an adequate example because of fundamental differences between computer code and DNA information. An obvious question is . . . → Read More: Complex Specified Information Without an Intelligent Source
Meyer specifically cites computer code as an analogy to DNA information. In fact, he insists that it is more than an analogy. In chapter 17, he addresses several critiques of ID including the claim that it is based on analogy. On page 386 he states “Although a computer program may be similar to DNA in . . . → Read More: DNA Information and Computer Code
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
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