Complex Systems

Exploration of aspects of the science and philosophy of complex systems.

Complex Systems

Complexity is a necessary characteristic of living organisms.

The 'intelligent design' camp exploit this complexity in an attempt to prove the existence of God, aka the 'intelligent designer'. However, their arguments, though pseudo-scientific and mostly illogical, devolve, at best, into Spinoza's God, aka Nature. At worst, 'id' arguments terminate in the obvious – they are an attempt to inveigle religious teachings into the classroom in competition with the teaching of science.

Since Americans enjoy freedom of worship and tax-subsidized churches, it is redundant to impose further religious teaching on children who will receive religious inculcation, by parents of strong religious persuasion, from the cradle onward. The children of parents who do not hold strong religious convictions cannot escape exposure, in the culture at large, to religious beliefs.

Better, in my opinion, to allow adults to decide upon religious beliefs after they have received a sound education, including education in critical thinking and the sciences. Of course this, in a wealthy nation that ranks low in educational achievement in comparison to other nations, is probably unduly optimistic. However, to permit the teaching of religion in competition to scientific theories of biological evolution would only render a lamentable educational situation worse. In other words, "let's not be more ignorant!"

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biological complexity

Complexity is a necessary characteristic of living organisms.

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Companion Sites : Gray Sites • Abiogenesis & EvolutionAlgorithms of Evolution ¤ CancerCell Biology ~ Chemistry of LifeCyanobacteriaEnzymesEvo Devo Ơ Fat ф Immunology »» Mechanisms of EvolutionMolecular BiologyOrigin of LifePaleogeologyRefuting ID ǒ Serial Endosymbiosis ζζ SleepStromatolites ^ Taxonomy PhylogenyVirus • White Sites  Diagrams & Tables æ Eubacteria & ArchaeaMoleculeMolecular Paths ››› PathwaysPhotosynthesis • Black Sites • EndosymbiosisOrganics

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illogical deceit theory

This topic is addressed on the Godspell Follies site, so I provide only links to those items here:

Section God by Any Name
¿ God by Any Other Name is still God
¿ Refusal vs Refutation
¿ Illogical Deceit Theory
¿ Logic & Science
¿ Biological evolution
¿ Creationism vs Evolution
¿ Recapitulating recapitulation
¿ Reducible complexity

Section Fallacies of Logic *
¿ Fallacies of Logic
¿ over-extrapolating
¿ ad hominem
¿ authority
¿ composing problems
¿ denial
¿ deliberate ambiguities
¿ fallatio
¿ incredulity
¿ irrelevance
¿ proof-disproof muddles
¿ red herrings
¿ shifting the burden of proof
¿ huff & puff
¿ tu quoque

Politicization of Religion :
¿ The Wedge Document
¿ Keeping up with the Jones decision
¿ On the teaching of Pseudoscience
¿ Contradictions within idism
¿ Scripture vs Scholarship
¿ Answers to Creationist Nonsense
¿ Creationist and ID confusion about Entropy
¿ Ignorance in Kansas
¿ Ignorance in the White House
¿ Scientists comments on "ID"


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Companion Sites : Gray Sites • Abiogenesis & EvolutionAlgorithms of Evolution ¤ CancerCell Biology ~ Chemistry of LifeCyanobacteriaEnzymesEvo Devo Ơ Fat ф Immunology »» Mechanisms of EvolutionMolecular BiologyOrigin of LifePaleogeologyRefuting ID ǒ Serial Endosymbiosis ζζ SleepStromatolites ^ Taxonomy PhylogenyVirus • White Sites  Diagrams & Tables æ Eubacteria & ArchaeaMoleculeMolecular Paths ››› PathwaysPhotosynthesis • Black Sites • EndosymbiosisOrganics

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necessary vs sufficient

Complexity is a necessary characteristic of living organisms ... necessary, but not sufficient.

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Companion Sites : Gray Sites • Abiogenesis & EvolutionAlgorithms of Evolution ¤ CancerCell Biology ~ Chemistry of LifeCyanobacteriaEnzymesEvo Devo Ơ Fat ф Immunology »» Mechanisms of EvolutionMolecular BiologyOrigin of LifePaleogeologyRefuting ID ǒ Serial Endosymbiosis ζζ SleepStromatolites ^ Taxonomy PhylogenyVirus • White Sites  Diagrams & Tables æ Eubacteria & ArchaeaMoleculeMolecular Paths ››› PathwaysPhotosynthesis • Black Sites • EndosymbiosisOrganics

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social systems

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Companion Sites : Gray Sites • Abiogenesis & EvolutionAlgorithms of Evolution ¤ CancerCell Biology ~ Chemistry of LifeCyanobacteriaEnzymesEvo Devo Ơ Fat ф Immunology »» Mechanisms of EvolutionMolecular BiologyOrigin of LifePaleogeologyRefuting ID ǒ Serial Endosymbiosis ζζ SleepStromatolites ^ Taxonomy PhylogenyVirus • White Sites  Diagrams & Tables æ Eubacteria & ArchaeaMoleculeMolecular Paths ››› PathwaysPhotosynthesis • Black Sites • EndosymbiosisOrganics

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Spinoza's God

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Companion Sites : Gray Sites • Abiogenesis & EvolutionAlgorithms of Evolution ¤ CancerCell Biology ~ Chemistry of LifeCyanobacteriaEnzymesEvo Devo Ơ Fat ф Immunology »» Mechanisms of EvolutionMolecular BiologyOrigin of LifePaleogeologyRefuting ID ǒ Serial Endosymbiosis ζζ SleepStromatolites ^ Taxonomy PhylogenyVirus • White Sites  Diagrams & Tables æ Eubacteria & ArchaeaMoleculeMolecular Paths ››› PathwaysPhotosynthesis • Black Sites • EndosymbiosisOrganics

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systems theory

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