Logos

Posted: December 29, 2006 in Intelligent Design, Theo/Philo

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Jean Rostand wrote in his Pensees d’un biologiste:

‘Man has the sole resource of forgetting the indifferent immensity of nature, which ignores and oppresses us… For the individual everything is tragically simple. There is nothing to comprehend, nothing to expect… For us there is nothing to understand and, beyond us, no one there to be understood. ‘

Jacques Monod (Le Hasard et la necessite) : 

‘The blind and disordered processes which led to our origin looked toward nothing, were directed toward nothing, they were stumbling in the dark. Man’s appearance was without purpose and without meaning.’

The above quotes are carriers of information -people are its source and destination .The source, a mind with an idea .The idea that there is no purpose and no intent.How strange is this situation?That a mind that believes there is no purpose or intent would send a message to other minds equally without purpose or intent-Why bother?

Isn’t it the truth that the act of communicating nihilistic ideals is a negation of Nihilism or at the very least inconsistent with a universe devoid of intent or purpose?

The situation is stranger still -that purpose should be a natural product of a universe full of purposeless, that information such as the sentences above should be the product of disorder.

George Gilder says:

‘Everywhere we encounter it, information does not bubble up from a random flux or pre biotic soup. It comes from mind. Taking the hierarchy beyond the word, the central dogma of intelligent design ordains that word is subordinate to mind.Mind can generate and lend meaning to words but words in themselves cannot generate mind or intelligence.’

What evidence is there to demonstrate that information comes from blind random processes, how can white noise produce Beethoven’s ‘eroica’ symphony ?Or even how can white noise can throw up the structure upon which music can be written ?

Dawkins typing monkeys computer program, used to promote the idea of information generated from a random process -in fact the analogy only showed the amount of specification needed. Werner Gitt says that “the goal will always be reached, because the programming is fixed. Even the number of letters is given in advance. It is obvious that no information is generated, on the contrary, it has been predetermined”.

Gilder goes on to say:

‘in all the sciences I studied, information comes first, and regulates the flesh and the world, not the other way around. The pattern seemed to echo some familiar wisdom. Could it be, I asked myself one day in astonishment, that the opening of St Johns Gospel, In the beginning was the word, is a central dogma of modern science?’

Information comes before action, comes before structure, comes before function, information is at the core of what it is to be alive. Currently there is no answer from science about the origin of energy or matter, perhaps the most personal and important question is where did the information come from if not from random process? 

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