Archive for January 1st, 2012

January 1, 2012

Free will, intelligence, AI and all that

by Neil Rickert

In a comment on an earlier post, Jeffrey Shallit asks “What is the definition of “free will” you are using here?”  Well, I don’t have a definition.  At best I can try to glean what other people mean.  So I’ll instead give my opinion on that.

Free will is usually associated with making choices or decisions, as in “I could have chosen otherwise.”  So before giving my opinion, let’s look at the kind of decisions that people make.

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January 1, 2012

My ID predictions for the year

by Neil Rickert

I predict a year for ID which will be as successful as the last year.

  • As before, they will find zero evidence that is against ID.  (If you are not looking, you won’t find much).
  • As before, they will find as much evidence for ID as against it.  (0 is both +0 and -0 at the same time).
  • The ID proponents will continue to have success in their search for gaps in which they can place their god of the gaps.  Unfortunately, the gaps they find will be gaps in their understanding of science, rather than real gaps in the science.
  • They will refute Darwinism at least 365 times.  Oops, better make that 366 times, since 2012 is a leap year.

Some predictions are too easy.

January 1, 2012

2011 in review

by Neil Rickert

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,900 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.