This is part 3 of a series of 7 posts by Lars Johan Erkell, with comments on each by Ola Hössjer and a reply by Erkell. Part 1 will be found here. They are translations of 2020 posts in Swedish from the Biolog(g) blog of the Department of Biology of Gothenburg University.
Breakthrough for Intelligent design? (part 3)
November 13, 2020
by Lars Johan Erkell (with comment by Ola Hössjer)
Miracles as science?
Thorvaldsen and Hössjer give a number of examples of systems that they think are suitable for the statistical model we discussed in the previous post. One of the examples concerns human evolution.
One may also study the more restricted problem of human/chimp ancestry, and compare a model M2 with common ancestry of the two species, with a unique origin model M1, according to which each species is founded by one single couple (Sanford and Carter, 2014; Hössjer et al., 2016a; 2016b, Carter et al., 2018, Hössjer and Gauger, 2019).
Since Thorvaldsen and Hössjer raise this question as suitable to study with their statistical model, we shall look at it more closely.