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Are agent explanations better than non agent explanations?

Suppose you were using a telescope and zooming into Jupiter on the surface and saw a rock that had a face that looked very very much like your great grand mother. Suppose that it was very detailed to ...
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Is a purposeless design possible?

When analyzing an unknown object, one of the first things to consider is: "Is this natural or artificial (intelligently designed)?" As a scientist/engineer it is difficult to imagine a ...
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Why are design intuitions restricted to certain areas of life, and in those areas so popular?

Why are our design intuitions limited to events that we find significant? No one is thinking that God is sending down a sign if you wake up at a certain time tomorrow, or if the order number for your ...
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Can the product of creativity always be classified as analogy?

Without concepts there can be no thought, and without analogies there can be no concepts. —Hofstadter and Sander Part of the creative process of a sculpter is to visualize a shape within a stone and ...
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