Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A set theoretic interpretation of design detection

A configuration of elements in a given system is its spatial-functional structure, i.e. an arrangement of its elements one relative to another that also reflects connections between the elements. E.g. molecules of water can take different configurations depending on the ambient conditions; in particular, at temperatures below 0 oC molecules are arranged in crystal lattice. Below I do not consider variability of configurations over time and I assume they are static.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Software design patterns and design pattern recognition

As far as I am aware, design pattern recognition (aka Intelligent Design) has two large veins of thought. One deals with pattern recognition and inferring design as abductively the best available explanation given specific patterns. The other reasons based on the order vs. organization dichotomy.

Monday, 1 December 2014

A post on UD: order vs. organization

I recommend reading an excellent original post published at uncommondescent.com on 27 November 2014. The post discusses the differences between order and origanization. What is also worth reading is the insightful comments by the author (niwrad) and Upright Biped.

Monday, 27 October 2014

On the source of biological information

Эукариотическая клетка. Источник: dic.academic.ru

Selection can only reduce the amount of genetic information as it only passively filters out unfit organisms. Where then does genetic information come from?! How can randomness be responsible for the generation of statistically significant amounts of biological information?! Where is the genuine source of it?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A brain has its own inner GPS

For the discovery of the function of special brain cells that constitute an analog of the Global Positioning System, European scientists have been awarded a Nobel prize in medicine this year. The winners are John O'Keefe (University College London), May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser (The centre of memory biology, Norway).

Friday, 19 September 2014

Self-assembling robots: yet another counter-argument against ID is debunked

Here is an interesting note about another refuted counter-argument against intelligent origins of life. This flawed argument states that biological life cannot be likened to human artifacts because humans cannot create autonomous self-replicating, self-deploying systems. In this video quoted in the note this argument is dismissed by demonstrating a self-folding autonomous walking robot. According to the inventors, the self-assembly is inspired by biological systems and origami.




Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Biomimicry: Artificial Photosynthesis - Mission Accomplished

Fig.1. Artificial leaves


Another proof of concept for Intelligent Design, artificial photosynthesis has now been achieved as part of the Silk Leaf project by a Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Evidence of Design In Nature: An Inter-Faith Centre Seminar, Suffolk, UK

On Wednesday 16 July I gave a talk at the Inter-faith Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk. The slides are available here. Due to the Google presentation viewer still having glitches, it is advisable to download the presentation.

There were a few noteworthy comments from the audience. The first was quite irrelevant to the subject matter. The computer science perspective, I was told, was not the only one possible (true) and perhaps not as interesting as the psychological or emotional aspect of meeting with God. I agree, that is important but this is beside my point. I have already been accused of 'mechanicism' but it is what seems specifically interesting to me given my professional background. The cybernetics of life vehemently testifying to intelligent agency, to me, deserves attention as a scientific case. 

The second comment was that my God is not the God of Spinoza. Thank you for recognizing that! 

Thirdly, somebody said that I had greatly underestimated the (creative?) power of selection. Prove it, show it to me on a concrete unambiguous example how selection creates novelty. Just a single yet demonstrable piece of strong evidence, not just the usual evolutionary story telling. In the 21st century this is not enough. 

Fourthly, according to an Anglican-Hindu priest (a very strange combination indeed), Dawkins is a saint. I am not commenting that. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Michael Behe's edge of evolution prediction confirmed

Dr Michael Behe's prediction about the minimum number of simultaneous mutations needed to confer resistance to a drug in malaria parasites, is now confirmed.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

How efficient is technology compared to biology?

Fig.1. Efficiency of modern technology and biology compared: the portion of resources of various kinds (color-coded) used in an artefact (left) or biosystem (right) is shown for various dimensions ranging from nanometers to kilometers. Courtesy of my colleagues, [1].

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Evidence of Design in Nature: A Presentation for Cambridge Christian Students Interest Group

Today I gave a talk in Cambridge, UK at a seminar of the Christian Student Interest Group. The talk is called "Evidence of Design in Nature". I am grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to speak.

Press here to download the slides.  

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Structural isomorphism and functional similarities of the human brain and computer networks

Fig.1. Topological structure of the human brain. Source - vesti.ru.

Fig.2. Topological structure of the internet. Source - Wikipedia, Opte project.

Assume we study some object X (the human brain). In particular, we would like to establish whether anything can be said about the origins of X: artificial or naturalnon-intelligent?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Irreducibility

The notion of irreducible complexity in relation to biological systems was first considered in detail by Michael Behe in "Darwin's Blackbox" in the 1990-s. As an example he looked at autocatalytic cycles of blood clotting. The main counter-argument against his anecdotal claims is the ability of living systems to switch, or co-opt, between functions. His famous mousetrap, an epitome of functional systems, could have been used for a different purpose initially. It is quite likely that for concrete cases it is possible to provably demonstrate co-optational chains. Nonetheless, the principal problem of irreducible complexity cannot be explained away like that.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

A Note for Those Who Struggle to Find Evidence of Design in This World

Recently my friend, who admitted that he could not see any evidence suggesting our world had a designer, asked me to produce such evidence. As I have seen other people struggling with it, I decided to summarise it below in the hope that somebody may find it useful.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Protein Life is an AI system

Below is a quote from a Russian textbook on Artificial Intelligence [1]. This is exactly what ID claims in relation to protein life, whose core is an irreducibly complex cycle DNA-protein-DNA.