On the Application of Irreducible Complexity
by Joshua A. Smart
Abstract—The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework and direction for a more rigorous application of irreducible complexity. Critical responses to irreducible complexity have primarily consisted of just-so-stories that substitute vague appeals to chance or other forces for well-thought-out counter-arguments. Intelligent design theorists have noted the lack of substance in critiques of their work, but there has been virtually no attempt to level more specific challenges to evolutionary theory. Intelligent design will not advance within the scientific community as long as it continues to engage in this exchange of generalities. Progress lies in application. To that end, this paper describes a process for applying irreducible complexity, with particular attention to determining the irreducible core of a system.
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