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  • adj. Having characteristics of a law

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lawful; allowed by law.
  • Regulated as by law; characterized by respect for law and order.


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  • Ebbinghaus discovered many lawlike regularities of mental life.

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  • And my claim has been that such a lawlike mechanism (in this case, 'personified' by a computer), whether or not it is or is not an intelligent agent, could still have an actual agent operating directly behind it (Hofstadter example) or preplanned in advance (timing examples).

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  • In order to see if ID is true, we all need to know how mental (intelligent) cause is supposed to be different from physical (lawlike) cause.

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  • You are trying to negate my proposition ( "No lawlike mechanism can be an intelligent agent") and so a single counter example does nothing for you, because "no" is a universal quantifier.

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  • My claim was some lawlike mechanism could have intelligence (in the sense of designing, learning, etc).

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  • You are missing the fact that since intelligent cause is indistiguishable from lawlike cause, then when ID say "The best explanation is intelligent cause, rather than blind, lawlike cause …" it is nonsense.

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  • ID says that the explanation it offers for life is one which is familiar to us all – it is nothing but "intelligence", a cause that is "directed" by some mindful entity (rather than a lawlike entity).

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  • What you obviously means is that a computer operates according to deterministic law (or law+chance), and so for all we could ever know, the intelligence responsible for life might have been a blind, lawlike process.

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  • But since computers are lawlike and intelligent, it makes no sense of ID Theory to claim to be able to distinguish intelligent cause from lawlike cause.

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  • OK (but of course a Turing machine is not a "glorified calculator"; it is everything that can result from lawlike cause).

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