The Design Matrix Outline

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

1. Outline the common definitions of ‘subjective’ and ‘objective.’

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

b. Stephen Novella

c. Paul Davies

d. Summary of similarities

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.

a. Intellectual honesty

b. Critical thinking

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

i. Evolution Under Intrinsic Control

ii. Evolution Under Intrinsic Control 2


b. Front-loading would be linked to terraforming

i. Oxygen and multicellular evolution


2. Address common misunderstandings about front-loading.

a. “The original front-loaded state had all the information needed to build complex, multi-cellular organisms (including humans).”

b. “Front-loading assumes that life began with a super-cell that contained all the genes needed to build complex multicellular life, including humans beings.”

c. “Why front-load?”


3. An engineer begins to contemplate the possibility of front-loading.


C. The Criterion of Rationality

1. Evolution is a protein-dependent reality and this has subtle, but crucial implications.

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