Many scientists have found it difficult to relinquish an exclusive reliance upon the more traditional scientific categories of matter an energy. As George Williams (himself an evolutionary biologist) notes, “Evolutionary biologists have failed to realize that they work with two more or less incommensurable domains: that of information and that of matter. . . . The gene is a package of information, not an object. The pattern of base pairs in a DNA molecule specifies the gene. But the DNA molecule is the medium, it’s not the message.” (more…)
Where does the information – the digital code – of DNA come from? Dr. Stephen Meyer, director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, has written a landmark book, Signature in the Cell, addressing this question.
Please join us September 17th, 7:30pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 6400 108th Ave NE, Kirkland as Dr. Meyer presents new scientific evidence and arguments for intelligent design, answers that Richard Dawkins claims science cannot provide.
All ages are welcome at this presentation which will include a Q&A session. For more information on Meyer’s book visit www.signatureinthecell.com.
Philosopher of science Michael Ruse is willing to say out loud what many other are not: evolution is a religion. In her sturdy book Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey quotes him:
“Evolution came into being as a kind of secular ideology, an explicit substitute for Christianity…[it] is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion–a full-flegded alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality.” Ruse hastens to reassure his readers that he himself remains “an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian.” And yet, “I must admit that in this one complaint…the [biblical] literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.”
Although obvious to those familiar with the history of science, the religious nature of evolution continues to escape it’s lay-devotees. And this has to be borne in mind when engaging them. Never mind that the fossil tree is 97% empty or that Richard Dawkins has stated on camera that intelligent design is 97% unlikely but it’s quite possible that aliens planted the designs of life on earth millions of years ago. Now why is this religion allowed in the classroom (the science classroom, that is; no quibble with it in English or philosophy class), but no other?
“The second law of thermodynamics affirms that, in a general way, things are running down. The entropy of the universe is everywhere increasing. But if things are running down, what are they running down from? This is the question that physicist and mathematician Roger Penrose asked. And considering the rundown, he could only conclude that the runup was an initial state of the universe whose entropy was very, very low and so very finely tuned.