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(10/20/10) Today: analysis of Paley Paley’s argument Step #1: Stone H1: Random forces H2: Designer H1 > H2 Step #2: Watch H1: Random forces H2: Designer H2 > H1 Step #3: Self-replicatory watch H1: Random forces H2: Designer H2 >> H1 Step #4: Living organism H1: Random forces H2: Designer H2 >>> H1 Discussion:  Step Up   Complexity Up Complexity Up   Strengthen the inference to H2; increase the intelligence of the  design [Note: Arguments for the existence of God Deductive Arguments:  (1) First Motion/First Cause (2) Ontological Argument Non-Deductive Arguments: Paley’s argument (“science-based”)]
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Criticisms of Paley’s Argument  (1) This argument is an induction without a sample (no one sees a creature created by  God) Reply: Paley’s argument is not an induction, but an IBE that postulates an  unobservable. [Note: An Argument by Analogy Dogs have blood, hearts, lungs, etc. Humans have blood, hearts, lungs, etc.  Dogs circulate their blood. ======================== Therefore, humans circulate their blood.]
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course PHIL 1200 taught by Professor Davey during the Fall '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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