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  • Irreducible complexity — This article covers irreducible complexity as used by those who argue for intelligent design. For information on irreducible complexity as used in Systems Theory, see Irreducible complexity (Emergence). Irreducible complexity (IC) is an argument… …   Wikipedia

  • irreducible complexity — noun the minimal amount of complexity a biological system may exhibit while still maintaining its primary function …   Wiktionary

  • Irreducible — may be used to refer to many different things.* In mathematics, the term irreducible is used in many different, unrelated fields; its use often follows from the denotative meaning of the word irreducible . *irreducible (philosophy) * Irreducible… …   Wikipedia

  • irreducible — [[t]ɪ̱rɪdju͟ːsɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Irreducible things cannot be made simpler or smaller. [FORMAL] ...the irreducible complexity of human life. Ant: reducible …   English dictionary

  • Complexity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Complexity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 complexity complexity Sgm: N 1 complexness complexness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 complexus complexus Sgm: N 1 complication complication implication Sgm: N 1 intricacy …   English dictionary for students

  • complexity — /keuhm plek si tee/, n., pl. complexities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being complex; intricacy: the complexity of urban life. 2. something complex: the complexities of foreign policy. [1715 25; COMPLEX + ITY] * * * ▪ scientific theory… …   Universalium

  • Irreducible (philosophy) — The principle of Irreducibility, in philosophy, has the sense that a complete account of an entity will not be possible at lower levels of explanation and which has novel properties beyond prediction and explanation. Another way to state this is… …   Wikipedia

  • Specified complexity — Part of a series of articles on Intelligent design …   Wikipedia

  • Intelligent design — This article is about intelligent design as promulgated by the Discovery Institute. For other uses, see Intelligent design (disambiguation). For the philosophical argument from design , see Teleological argument …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Behe — Michael J. Behe Born January 18, 1952 (1952 01 18) (age 59) …   Wikipedia

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