Respectful Insolence

Deconstructing Dembski mathematically

MarkCC is really making a name for himself pretty fast with Good Math, Bad Math, a blog dedicated to “shredding bad math and squashing the crackpots who espouse it.” (And to think that a post of mine had a small role in getting him going and promoting him in the blogosphere; it almost makes me tear up to see him doing so well so fast.)

This time, Mark’s turning his mathematical skills to deconstructing the dubious mathematics in a paper entitled Fitness Among Competitive Agents by that icon of and tireless propagandist for “intelligent design” creationism, William Dembski. The result is–shall we say?–not so good for Dembski.

Comments

  1. #1 Corkscrew
    March 16, 2006

    Actually, the more Dembski I read, the more impressed I am by his writing. He’s the only person I’ve ever come across who’s actually managed to quote-mine mathematics. I’d always thought that that’d be nigh on impossible; evidently I was wrong.

  2. #2 Dave S.
    March 16, 2006

    Dembski has quite the talent for missrepresenting in 6 pages of equations what can easily be missrepresented by most creationists in a sentence or two.