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Darwin's Black Box by Michael J. Behe
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Mar 19, 09

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Read in January, 1998

I had the pleasure of eviscerating this book for a philosophy of science seminar in graduate school. It was suggested that I work up a publishable paper aiming at a more worthy target. My point, which some will think unfair, is that in addition to the author's presumably willful ignorance about the mechanisms of natural selection (he teaches biochemistry at a reputable university), there is a philosophical problem with his approach, viz. that invoking intentional explanations (in terms of reasons and goals, as is proper in psychology and as would apply to a designer) to answer physical questions (in terms of causes and effects in light of existing conditions) is a category error. You can't get there from here. Usually the argument against intelligent design is that it pretends to solve a mystery by invoking a much bigger and troublesome one, and of course he has to face that problem, too. Well, I could write a long essay on this, since I obviously did so at one time!
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MegaSolipsist I don't suppose you could post your essay here? I would love to read a more informed evisceration of his work than mine.

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