Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 217–230

Intelligent design and the NFL theorems


DOI: 10.1007/s10539-006-9040-z

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Häggström, O. Biol Philos (2007) 22: 217. doi:10.1007/s10539-006-9040-z


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:

OptimizationNFL theoremFitness landscapeIntelligent designLocal searchUniform distribution

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematical statisticsChalmers University of TechnologyGoteborgSweden