Empiricism and Intelligent Design II: Analyzing Intelligent Design

Publication Year:
2011
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8612
Author(s):
Lutz, Sebastian
preprint description
If intelligent design (ID) is to compete with evolutionary theory (ET), it must meet the modified falsifiability challenge, that is, make some deductive or probabilistic observational assertions. It must also meet the modified translatability challenge, which it fails if ET makes all the observational assertions of ID, while ID does not make all the observational assertions of ET. I discuss four prominent and surprisingly diverse formulations of ID and show that each either fails one of the two challenges or is analytically false.