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Empiricism and Intelligent Design II: Analyzing Intelligent Design

Lutz, Sebastian (2011) Empiricism and Intelligent Design II: Analyzing Intelligent Design. [Preprint]


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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.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Companion piece to "Empiricism and Intelligent Design I: Three Empiricist Challenges" (
Keywords: empiricism; intelligent design; empirical significance; empirical content; theism; auxiliary assumptions
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 11:41
Last Modified: 13 May 2011 11:41
Item ID: 8612

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