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Dembski's filter can detect design (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Dembski's filter can detect design (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CI111:

Design can be recognized by the following filter:
  1. If an event E has high probability, accept regularity as an explanation; otherwise move to the next step.
  2. If the chance hypothesis assigns E a high probability or E is not specified, then accept chance; otherwise move down the list.
  3. Having eliminated regularity and chance, accept design.


  • Dembski, William A., 1998. The Design Inference: Eliminating chance through small probabilities. Cambridge University Press.

CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. (See complex specified information, which this claim is equivalent to.)

Actually, the two are not equivalent. Complex specified information is part of information theory, where the Explanatory Filter is simply a detection method.

See claim CI110 on complex specified information.