Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Are Human Beings 'Irreducibly Complex'? A whimsical thought...

I haven't much time at the moment but I'm thinking of uploading Dembski's "Irreducible Complexity Revisited" tomorrow - along with the caveat that doing so doesn't mean I'm a closet creationist!

My perception of the concept is similar to that of Pierre-Paul Grasse who believed 'Internal Factors' were involved in how evolutionary changes occurred - see Grasse, Behe, and "Irreducible Complexity".

No doubt it's a function of tiredness but reading Dembski's Abstract made me wonder if human beings ought to be considered as 'irreducibly complex':

People survive amputations.
Organ transplants are commonplace.
A person in a coma demonstrates the human intellect is not necessary for biological survival.

On the other hand, if anything goes wrong with the older (in evolutionary terms) structures of the brain then the effects are likely to be at least 'global' - if not lethal!


John Latter

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