Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 217-230

Intelligent design and the NFL theorems

  • Olle HäggströmAffiliated withMathematical statistics, Chalmers University of Technology Email author 

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Another look is taken at the model assumptions involved in William Dembski’s (2002a, No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot be Purchased without Intelligence. Roman & Littlefield, Lanham, MA) use of the NFL theorems from optimization theory to disprove the Darwinian theory of evolution by natural selection, and his argument is shown to be irrelevant to evolutionary biology.

Key words:

Optimization NFL theorem Fitness landscape Intelligent design Local search Uniform distribution