I plan on making an effort to organize blog entries into an outline so readers can better connect the dots (a consilience of clues). I plan to periodically expand, update and repost this outline.
A. Detecting Design
2. Identify problems with common definitions and propose George Cooper’s definition of objective – that which can be measured by all parties who should obtain the same result given an appropriate range of accuracy.
3. Draw upon the wisdom of one the great biologists, Jacques Monod, to explain why science cannot determine whether or not life was designed.
4. Demonstrate how archeology and forensics fail to give us reason to think that science can determine whether or not life was designed.
5. Explain how most proponents and critics of design are likely to think alike on one issue – they will find it uncomfortable to acknowledge that science cannot determine whether or not life was designed.
6. Documenting how my methodology closely parallels that of SETI
a. Seth Shostak
c. Paul Davies
7. The subjective element inherent in assessing a design inference means that we need to be cognizant of the subjective dynamics in ourselves and others.
B. Front-Loading Evolution
1. Outline the four subtle predictions that follow from front-loading. 1) Evolution would demonstrate deep homology; 2) Evolution would exhibit PREPA (the present explains the past); 3) Evolution would be significantly driven by intrinsic, biotic features; 4) Front-loading would be linked to terraforming.
a. Evolution would be significantly driven by intrinsic, biotic features
b. Front-loading would be linked to terraforming
2. Address common misunderstandings about front-loading.
C. The Criterion of Rationality