It don’t mean a thing if it aint got that swing!

Posted: November 23, 2006 in Intelligent Design, Theo/Philo

 

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Information is everywhere. ‘Man’ distinguishes himself from all other living creatures in the slug like trail of information that is left (to mix metaphors) in his wake.

No other creatures produce information like ‘Man’. Databases are filled; articles published, songs sung, pictures painted, plays produced, computer games coded for. Where once people laboured day and night in mills, collieries and factories to produced items of hardware now they labour 24/7 to produce information. The result of this industry is disseminated at the speed of light, courtesy of your local and not so local optical network.

All this information production is a curious characteristic of a society (the west-especially Europe) that is increasingly Materialist in outlook, considering the chief end of man to be consigned to a meaningless jumble of molecules.

Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Wit have recently produced some more information in the shape of their book ‘A Meaningful World’, which I have only started reading, its shaping up to be great a read.

They say:

‘Can a scientist be a scientist if the universe is ultimately meaningless? Science itself, by its very activity, reveals at least one level of meaning in the universe: Intelligibility is found in the nature of things themselves, in the regular form and order of things accessible to scientific investigation, even in regard to our understanding of chance.’

Scientist are labouring at the information mill, they grind out theories based on repeatable results-the fact that an experiment is repeatable shows order in the universe.

Why should the universe be ordered? Or as Einstein mused why is the universe knowable?
Of all the states the universe could be in why should it be amenable to description through mathematics for instance? Why isn’t the universe a state of constant flux, where nothing is stable and no predictions are made, where events, cause and effect are unrelated and ultimately unexplainable?

To believe that the universe has no purpose and there is no reason for any activity whatsoever, which is the inescapable conclusion of Naturalism and yet to carry on regardless in some pursuit or other –must cause logical inconsistencies in the mind of the naturalist unless that is something you just live with -a supressed thought?Any worldview, which produces logical inconsistencies, is suspect.

Wiker and Wit quote Nobel Prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg, who seems aware of the inconsistencies of a purely naturalistic approach, he says:

‘It is almost irresistible for humans to believe that we have some special relationship to the universe, that human life is not just a more-or-less farcical outcome of a chain of accidents reaching back to the first three minutes (after the big bang), but that we were somehow built in from the beginning. As I write this I happen to be in an airplane at 30,000 feet, flying over Wyoming en route home from San Francisco to Boston. Below, the earth looks very soft and comfortable- fluffy clouds here and there, snow turning pink as the sun sets, roads stretching straight across the country from one town to another. It is very hard to realize that this all is just a tiny part of the overwhelmingly hostile universe. It is even harder to realize that this present universe has evolved from unspeakably unfamiliar condition, and faces a future extinction of endless cold or intolerable heat. The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.’

At another time he says:

‘But if there is no solace in the fruits of our research, there is at least some consolation in the research itself. Men and women are not content to comfort themselves with tales of gods and giants, or to confine their thoughts to the daily affairs of life; they also build telescopes and satellites and accelerators, and sit at their desks for endless hours working out the meaning of the data they gather. The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.’

Wiker and Wit make an analogy with John Nash as portrayed in the film ‘A beautiful mind’ where Nash suffered with Schizophrenia –he believed he was intercepting and decoding secret messages during the cold war era sent from Soviet Russia.

We can compare the Labour Nash pours into decoding these messages and Naturalists like Weinberg trying to decode the mechanism of the universe.

From a naturalistic point of view both men are engaged in the same fruitless pursuit Nash because of his schizophrenia and Weinberg because –what else is there to do ? Why does Weinberg et al labour to research when the end of this activity is endless cold or intolerable heat?

This situation is as Weinberg says is sadly farcical.

Rewind back 2000 years to one of the most influential minds of any age Paul and see what he wrote to the Christians in Rome:

Romans chapter 1 verse 18 –20 & 25

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them (those without the Bible); for God has shown it to them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

Verse 25:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed forever.’

This snippet of Paul’s letter shows that God reveals his creation to us through knowledge. Yet there are those how hold the truth in unrighteousness (in a wrong relationship with truth) or suppress the truth, instead preferring a lie that is not consistent with there own sense of significance. Numerous times the Bible  describes natures role as testimony to the fact that we are truly creatures who have been created, as an act of will, not accident –we are, because we are wanted
As a Christian I know History is headed in a certain direction, information is nature testimony to a God who is there..

Oh by the way “Happy Thanksgiving” to everyone stateside!

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