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Subject: Re: Meyers Marshall debate Date: 12/12/2013 1:15 PM
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Specified complexity. Oh dear. I have a meeting, however it has been convincingly argued that "specified complexity" is in fact the logical fallacy "argument from ignorance". In essence, they don't see how something elegant could evolve, so clearly it was designed. SC is not accepted as valid in the scientific community. It's just something Demsky made up.

Wrong again. From the article I linked:

Incidentally, the term "specified complexity" did not originate with proponents of intelligent design. In 1973, the leading origin of life theorist Leslie Orgel (who opposes ID) explained that "living organisms are distinguished by their specified complexity":

"[L]iving organisms are distinguished by their specified complexity. Crystals are usually taken as the prototypes of simple, well-specified structures, because they consist of a very large number of identical molecules packed together in a uniform way. Lumps of granite or random mixtures of polymers are examples of structures which are complex but not specified. The crystals fail to qualify as living because they lack complexity; the mixtures of polymers fail to qualify because they lack specificity.


We'll just have to disagree on the status of ID. I don't feel the need to rehash old debates, and I'm sure you feel the same.

-Bryan
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