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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Leo Kadanoff on Complexity (2 comments)

Thanks, Dembski, for linking to a critique of your life's work in one simple, easily understood slide show--by your former thesis advisor, no less!

Recall that Dembski imagines evolution as a process of searching a long list, without a clue as to the list’s contents or ordering, looking for a possible improvement in one’s species. However, the bag of biochemical compounds that were our remote forebearers were exactly a part of the nature around them. And if nature had a tendency to make things more complex, as does our heat engine, these bags could work in concert with the nature around them--and themselves become more complex.

Our experience with natural things tends to show that they have a tendency to produce complexity. We have even seen how that happens. Physical situations, and the mathematics that describes them, naturally grow structures. Because the structure growing may be chaotic the structures may arrange themselves in complex patterns. Complexification seems to be a natural tendency of nature....

Behe and Dembski start from a different presupposition. They do, I think, believe in a Creator and then find this Creator in their studies. Their main conclusions are not, as I see it, compelling--- but they are possible. However, in my view, as we shall understand more about complexity, Behe’s examples and Dembski’s arguments will become less and less convincing.

I applaud their work: Good skeptics make good science. Behe and Dembski’s work will drive further studies of complexity. However, many of their followers want their work to replace science in the school curriculum. I cannot applaud that.

Filed under: Fair and Balanced--and Devastating


  • Why the hell did he link to this. It's a complete ender for their 'theory'. If you can call complexity-can't-arise-withouta-brain a theory.

    By Anonymous kyle, at 4:11 PM  

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