PHIL 4 Hw8 - Hw8Amy Pisoni Phil 4 Hw 8 William Dembski claims that chance necessity and design are needed in order “to explain the full range of

PHIL 4 Hw8 - Hw8Amy Pisoni Phil 4 Hw 8 William Dembski...

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Hw8Amy Pisoni Phil 4 Hw 8 William Dembski claims that chance, necessity and design are needed in order “to explain the full range of scientific phenomena”, and that many scientists often leave out and ignore design. Dembski stresses the importance of design, and argues that “design needs a suitable pattern”. His first premise states that not any pattern will do, for some can be used to infer design whereas others simply cannot. Dembski uses an example of an archer shooting arrows with a bow at a large wall. He continues by explaining how painting the targets and bull’s eyes after the arrows had been shot is not inferring design, for it tells us nothing about the archer’s ability to shoot. In contrast, if there was a target painted on the wall prior to the arrows shot, and suppose the archer shoots one hundred arrows all hitting the bull’s eye, “then we can infer that he is a world class archer”, according to Dembski because of his skill and accuracy. His next premise states that pattern does not need to be given before the event to infer design. He uses
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  • Fall '14
  • Johnson
  • Logic, Intelligent design, William Dembski

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