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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Your question contains a couple of misconceptions about ID. First, it assumes that ID is an argument for God. This is not the case. ID can certainly be used in an argument for God, and most (but not ...
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Resisting a classic Buddhist Argument for Mereological Nihilism

The problem as stated is equivocating on the meaning of "their parts". This phrase is used to mean two different things: "their mere collection of parts" or "their parts in ...
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Is the notion of "Complex System" a philosophy of science? Is it the opposite of Reductionism? Is it related to Holism?

A system is a complex system if its characteristic properties cannot be investigated by studying its components in isolation. A typical example of a complex system is the weather: One cannot study the ...
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Is the notion of "Complex System" a philosophy of science? Is it the opposite of Reductionism? Is it related to Holism?

Short Answer Complex systems is a mathematical approach to studying certain objects of science, and is neither a science, nor a philosophy, but an approach that might be considered a combination of ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

if Complexity(ID1) < Complexity(X), we are admitting that complexity can increase over time, which would sound great to the ears of evolutionists, so let's just ignore this case for the purposes of ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

Yes, see Solomonoff's theory of inductive inference. The idea is that you start with a formal language that lets you formally describe mutually exclusive hypotheses. And then we can measure simplicity ...
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Is the notion of "Complex System" a philosophy of science? Is it the opposite of Reductionism? Is it related to Holism?

I would suggest that a complex system is simply a system which is not a simple system; where a simple system is one where you can see with a (possibly long) glance at the components every way it's ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

No. I propose a thought experiment to prove my answer; Imagine humans develop advanced, self-aware, AI systems that include robot machines. Such entities could maintain their own hardware and power ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Disclaimer of Bias My bias, to be clear, is in favor of rejecting ID, but I do acknowledge that there's prima facie grounds for accepting the argument that ID is a scientific theory. ID, however, ...
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Is there a fundamental difference between strong and weak emergence?

I had some heated arguments with “emergentists”, who tend to define strong emergence as something like: Strong emergence (definition 1): a property of the system that can not be derived from the ...
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If it weren't for the theory of evolution, would the argument from design for God's existence be justified?

Arguably, the historical importance of the argument from design has been distorted by its centrality in the writings of biologist and anti-theologian Richard Dawkins, who has been vocal about his ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Would ID proponents agree with this reasoning, and if so, do they find an infinite regress of intelligent designers problematic? That seems to be a request for speculation. In any given case, I ...
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Is the notion of "Complex System" a philosophy of science? Is it the opposite of Reductionism? Is it related to Holism?

This is a personal opinion. I do research related to the Systems Theory for long years, and it's clear for me that the alleged discipline of complex systems is just an academic fraud. Classifying a ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Intelligent Design (ID) doesn't necessarily entail an infinite regress of designers, but if you want to avoid this infinite regress, any ID argument would need to address why the designer didn't need ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

There are three points to avoid infinite regress. Come upon a thing that isn't irreducibly complex that produces things that are irreducibly complex. The robot is irreducibly complex and this is not ...
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Resisting a classic Buddhist Argument for Mereological Nihilism

The language in (B) could mean either of two different things, one of which is true but irrelevant and one of which would be relevant but is not supported, and as a result I would reject (D). First ...
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Resisting a classic Buddhist Argument for Mereological Nihilism

This is an interesting problem, I’ll try my hand at it, here we go: A. If wholes exist, then either wholes are identical with their parts or distinct from them. This premise seems straight forward ...
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Chaos vs statistical mechanics vs complexity science

As far as I understand it, I think chaos theory basically says: There are some functions that depend so strongly on their initial conditions, that a very small difference in the initial conditions ...
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What is consciousness? Is it the ultimate reality of our universe? What implications do the various theories of consciousness have on human life?

If you look at a foetus or zygote as their potential, then every female fertile cycle not resulting in conception is a crime, and every wasted sperm. Nature has included high levels of waste, and ...
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Redefining the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction in Terms of Computational Complexity

It's very hard to understand what a connection between the analytic/synthetic distinction and computational complexity could mean. As an example objection to the idea: if you are saying that ...
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Resisting a classic Buddhist Argument for Mereological Nihilism

Interesting thought problem. I'll take a stab and see what happens. If you divide the number 12 into the product 3x4, and then divide the number 12 into 2x6, you do not have 24. In fact, there are an ...
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Resisting a classic Buddhist Argument for Mereological Nihilism

This argument is riddled with issues in every premiss. The puzzle, in a way, is why anyone would have constructed it. The puzzle reminds me of the paradox-mongering that Plato satirizes in the ...
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Isn't there a very obvious flaw in the Ultimate Boeing 747 gambit?

We then ask how it originated and developed, and this leads us to a Creator. That is an enormous leap to make. Can you craft an argument that the origin of life necessarily has a capital-C creator? ...
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If it weren't for the theory of evolution, would the argument from design for God's existence be justified?

Just because we evolve, does not mean the evolution is happening due to random chance. There could be force of divine mind behind the evolution. I for one am not convinced that anything in the ...
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If it weren't for the theory of evolution, would the argument from design for God's existence be justified?

Swami Vivekananda (late 19th century) commenting on the Design Theory (Complete Works, V6, pp 97-98; available here under the heading Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, subheading The Design Theory - ...
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The Opposite Point of Positivist Epistemology

'Jobermark' got it right when the question is answered within philosophy of science. Kuhn's revolutionary view of scientific progress is the opposite to the linear view of logical positivists (or ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

You might try Juliet Floyd who I think has a deep analysis of simplicity and has a lovely quote on it: "As we shall show in what follows, in philosophy, in mathematics, and in art there has been ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured? I will assume that this only applies to rational thinking, and that the reasoning could be fully articulated in a formal way. If so, we can ...
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Hard stuff made easy?

Even if a concept is sufficiently "algorithmically random" (ie in Kolmogorov complexity sense, cannot be compressed or "explained" further) it is still possible to approximate it ...
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