Gpuccio: Functional Information Methodology

To all:

So, the central core of ID theory is the following:

Leaving aside biological objects (for the moment), there is not one single example in the whole known universe where FI higher than 500 bits arises without any intervention of design.

On the contrary, FI higher than 500 bits (often much higher than that) abunds in designed objects. I mean human artifacts here.

Therefore, if we observe FI in any object (leaving aside for the moment biological objects) we can safely infer a design origin for that object.

That procedure will generate no false positives. Of course, it will generate a lot of false negatives. The threshold of 500 bits has been chosen exactly to get that type of result.

If those points are not clear, we are not really discussing iD theory, but something else.

This strong connection between high FI levels and a design origin has, of course, a rationale. But its foundation is completey empirical. We can observe that connection practically everywhere.

The rationale could be expressed as follows: there is no known necessity law that generates those levels of FI without any design intervention. Therefore, FI in non design systems can arise only by chance. But a threshold of 500 bits is so much higher than the probabilistic resources of the known universe, that we can be sure that such an event is empirically impossible. The probabilistic barriers of getting 500 bits of FI are simply too high to be overcome.

Well, that’s ID theory in a nutshell. I will come to the application to biology later. But I am confident that this simple summary will be enough for the moment to generate some answers. :slight_smile:

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