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Why can’t Creationists teach an alternative? Are the ‘free thinkers’ - atheists scared of som

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posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 09:50 PM

Originally posted by Conclusion

lol. I am afraid that would be over my head.

Nah, don't worry, here's some more ok?

In his book The Design Inference, William Dembski introduces the "explanatory filter" as a device to rule out chance explanations and infer design of observed phenomena. The filter also appears in his book No Free Lunch, where the description differs slightly. In essence, the filter is a variation on statistical hypothesis testing with the main difference being that it aims at ruling out chance altogether, rather than just a specified null hypothesis. Once all chance explanations have been ruled out, ‘design' is inferred. Thus, in this context, design is merely viewed as the complement of chance.

To illustrate the filter, Dembski uses the example of Nicholas Caputo, a New Jersey Democrat who was in charge of putting together the ballots in his county. Names were to be listed in random order, and, supposedly, there is an advantage in having the top line of the ballot. As Caputo managed to place a Democrat on the top line in 40 out of 41 elections, he was suspected of cheating. In Dembski's terminology, cheating now plays the role of design, which is inferred by ruling out chance.

Let us first look at how a statistician might approach the Caputo case. The way in which Caputo was supposed to draw names gives rise to a null hypothesis H0 : p = 1/2 and an alternative hypothesis HA : p > ½, where p is the probability of drawing a Democrat. A standard binomial test of p = 1/2 based on the observed relative frequency ˆp = 40/41 ≈ 0.98 gives a solid rejection of H0 in favor of HA with a p-value of less than 1 in 50 billion, assuming independent drawings. A statistician could also consider the possibility of different values of p in different drawings, or dependence between listings for different races.

What then would a ‘design theorist' do differently? To apply Dembski's filter and infer design, we need to rule out all chance explanations; that is, we need to rule out both H0 and HA. There is no way to do so with certainty, and, to continue, we need to use methods other than probability calculations. Dembski's solution is to take Caputo's word that he did not use a flawed randomization device and conclude that the only relevant chance hypothesis is H0. It might sound questionable to trust a man who is charged with cheating, but as it hardly makes a difference to the case whether Caputo cheated by "intelligent design" or by "intelligent chance," let us not quibble, but generously accept that the explanatory filter reaches the same conclusion as the test: Caputo cheated. The shortcomings of the filter are nevertheless obvious, even in such a simple example.

source for more: www.talkreason.org...

OT

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 09:53 PM

Well, the chance of a royal flush is 1 in 649,740. Now, given billions of years or trillions of years, what is the chance of getting a royal flush?

You say it's impossible in a few years. You are right. It's very improbable in a few years. But it's more probable in a million of years, right?

You based your assumptions on that this is the only one universe and that it is not this long.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 09:54 PM
Posters, OT's got to go to dinner....

I'll check back later....

Just fly into LA (America)...

Thank you all for the many replies....I am glad you have seen fit to join....

See you all in a bit, OK?

OT

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:00 PM

I do get your meaning as to your question. Why are all or most of the scientists that are believers looked down on by mainstream scientists? I at least think that is your question. My answer would be this. For any brilliant mind to make a leap forward, they have to take a leap of faith first. Like a knowing first with no physical proof yet. Some people need their own kind of proof and will not accept your proof. If they do not accept your proof then their is no convincing them. And since mainstream science is in charge of science, at least in their minds, they will see you as unfit to observe. ... correct ....proof.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:08 PM

maybe if you had read my entire post before replying to me then you would have got to the bit where i explain that.......

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:13 PM

lol. I do not consider gravity a theory. It is a fact. I don't need to jump off a cliff to know i will fall. I call that commen since.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:24 PM

science calls it a theory, so when crazy creationists say 'but thats just a theory' thats why we laugh at them - they don't even know how to use science words properly, do we really think they know more than the scientists?!?!?

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:35 PM
Just a couple of questions:

If a creationist couple, both white skinned, blond and blue eyed get pregnant and when the baby is born it comes out brown skinned, brown eyed and brown hair, did Jesus made it that colour?

Do creationists believe in selective breeding?

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:37 PM

lol. Words used properly. Lol. No I have always lacked with english and grammar skills. I guess i will have to look up the definition of theory.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:39 PM

6 a : a hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation b : an unproved assumption : conjecture c : a body of theorems presenting a concise systematic view of a subject

Well one of us is wrong.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:41 PM

lol...Well yeah.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:50 PM

Originally posted by Conclusion

I do get your meaning as to your question. Why are all or most of the scientists that are believers looked down on by mainstream scientists? ....

Back from dinner...

Conclusion, you have got it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do others, good folks, IGNORE?

This is not TRYING to prove a THEORY...

But........

IS IT HARD?

Well, here it goes again......re read the OP...

"Why can’t Creationists teach an alternative? Are the ‘free thinkers’ - atheists scared of something"

hm???????

Come on guys, let's try and NOT OUTSMART EACH OTHER...answer the OP, ok?

OT

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:54 PM
Because 'god did it' isn't science.

Because you never sift through facts in order to build a predetermined conclusion - and Creationism or whatever other flavor of 'god did it' cannot be anything other than that - after all, you already have all your answers in the bible.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:55 PM

Just a couple of questions:

If a creationist couple, both white skinned, blond and blue eyed get pregnant and when the baby is born it comes out brown skinned, brown eyed and brown hair, did Jesus made it that colour?

Do creationists believe in selective breeding?

PLEEEEEEAse.......

I have NO hair.....so did my 4 kids!!!!!!!!!!!!

Irrevelant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it FAIR that those who follow JC, believe in a creator are 'ostracized'?

Main Entry: os·tra·cize
Pronunciation: \-ˌsīz\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): os·tra·cized; os·tra·ciz·ing
Etymology: Greek ostrakizein to banish by voting with potsherds, from ostrakon shell, potsherd — more at oyster
Date: 1649
1 : to exile by ostracism
2 : to exclude from a group by common consent

OT

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:56 PM

Maybe that is it. Maybe they are afraid that Creationists will start pointing out well the proof that they have and get more and more followers and well you know the rest of the story.

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 10:57 PM

Because 'god did it' isn't science.

Because you never sift through facts in order to build a predetermined conclusion - and Creationism or whatever other flavor of 'god did it' cannot be anything other than that - after all, you already have all your answers in the bible.

Are you reading another thread? Maybe posting on the wrong one...... ????????

OT

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 11:02 PM

Because 'god did it' isn't science.

???????

Who said it was....the OP is asking ANOTHER question, did you read?

Come on!!!!!!

OT

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I only raise these, because you asserted some foolishness....but the OP still stands, please answer, if you will

OT

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 11:02 PM

I think science has become a religion. Any thoughts on this?

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 11:08 PM

Originally posted by Conclusion

I think science has become a religion. Any thoughts on this?

Friend, that is a deep question....can we save it for another thread?

I am trying to get the skeptics/atheists/non-beleivers to STEP UP here....

Why can’t Creationists teach an alternative?

That's all....

Why can’t Creationists teach an alternative?

C, you are great for stepping in here.....

posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 11:10 PM

Originally posted by Edrick
Oh my.... this should be interesting.

Creationism (Intelligent Design) should not be taught in school for two very good reasons.

1. Evolution is only a Theory.

2. Intelligent Design does not even QUALIFY as a theory.

Do you want to know more?

-Edrtick

Ref. 2.

Intelligent Design does not even QUALIFY as a theory.

Perhaps Not after all ???

You seem to deny, what YOU Create, or are you just Automatic Biological Robotics, that has No Life ???

I would suggest if I may, that there are two parts to you ???

a. The observer or Cognisance ???

b. That which is being Observed, Human, Biological Robotics and its Environment; the Earth & Universe ???

Take a look at your Hand...

Is it Aware of You ???

Or are YOU, the "Cognisance" aware of the Hand ???

What's your Problem with Intelligence ???

I know Intelligence exists behind most Biological Robotics, and I for one don't have a problem with this.

Are people Really that ashamed of LIFE or "Cognisance" being Intelligent, that they should Reject the very existence of Intelligence and "Cognisance" ???

I would hope, that their "Cognisance" makes choices and Create Threads, Posts, other experiences, and situations, based on "Intelligence" or should I say Intelligent Design ???

Have YOU really never Created a Situation in your Life ???

I find that hard to believe.

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