I was in a civil debate with a friend, and he wanted me to take a look at the article Science and Design, written by William A. Dembski of the Discovery Institute. Rather than do a quick review with him, I decided to do a better critique here on my blog.
Understand that I am going to especially focus on scientific accuracy. That’s my “thing”. It is a pet peeve of mine when religious people (of any faith) make scientific claims that are not supported by the evidence. With regard to scientific stuff, I will hold no punches. Deal with it.
When the quantum physics of Bohr and Heisenberg in turn displaced the physics of Galileo and Newton, scientists realized they needed to supplement their deterministic natural laws by taking into account chance processes in their explanations of our universe.
Right out of the gate, Dembski makes a fundamental error in his understanding of science. Newtonian physics (and Galileo too) was not “displaced”. As with most scientific theories, the theories were expanded upon or improved on. We still teach Newtonian Physics in school because it is useful. This is a minor point, and I am being a bit pedantic in pointing it out, but his misunderstanding about science is common and needs to be mentioned. Read the rest of this entry ?