PBS Evolution A Critical Review

Information Rich

Complex specified information is the hallmark of intelligent activity.

Randomness (chance) is capable of producing alphabetic strings like “lafhjioenamn;g” and law (necessity) can produce repetitive strings like “m,m,m,m,m,m,m,m,” but only intelligent activity can produce “Yankees win the series!”. As William Dembski demonstrates in “The Design Inference” (Cambridge, 1998), identifying such “specified complexity” is a reliable way to detect intelligent design.

But is there information in nature?

Oxford scientist Richard Dawkins writes “When you eat a steak, you are shredding the equivalent of more than 100 billion copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica” (The Blind Watchmaker p.18). And Microsoft’s Bill Gates notes, “Human DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any we’ve ever created.”

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