December 29, 2009
Book is unique (all authors say this) because of unique approach to evolution controversy and findings related to Ev Fatal Flaw
Ev is of course controversial and I don’t want to offend anyone, but as one reviewer commented on the book:
some of the arguments are probably going to make die-hard proponents of [alternatives to Evolution] squirm a bit
However, the threat posed by Ev Fatal Flaw will ultimately do far more than make people squirm.
But first, the book. Book not what I originally expected, turned out to be something of an historical mystery story with the main mystery, 2 critical questions
Where did we come from?
Where are we going? – latter probably most important but need other to fully understand
Re first question – 3 answers – delineated best by 8 Gallup Polls which posed this question:
“Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? 1) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so, 2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from other forms of life, but God guided this process, 3) Human beings have evolved over millions of years from other forms of life, but God had no part in this process”[
Answers were surprisingly uniform in all 8 surveys: 40% agreed with option 1, Creationism, 40% with 2, Intelligent Design, 20% with 3, Evolution – pretty wide divergence of views.
Gallup results, raise two other questions
Why are there three?
Which one is correct? – note, Ev can answer both where from and where going, other two can’t
Answer to first, I’ve been working on for many years – comes from how our understanding developed. Dev of understanding frustrated by illusions – all caused by limitations of human eye and short human lifespan
Apparently Solid earth , eye can’t seen atoms
Astronomical – sun around earth, sun moon same size, close, stars around earth, close
Apparently unchanging Earth, eye can’t see glacially slow geological or biological changes
First explanation of these illusions – we live at center of small universe that revolves around us and is not very old. This universe is created and controlled by unseen but all powerful spirits or gods. Belief system termed Animism by 19th century anthropologist, Tylor who claimed that animism was First religion.
Creationism is a lineal descendent of animism
My book describes how the illusions were unraveled – beginning about 500 years ago – is essential for resolving the controversy. But with short time, cannot say much more – it’s all in the book.
Want to say few words about Where going, as actually more important
Answer begins with issue of species survival. Problem here is finite lifespan; hence, must replace before die, i.e. Need reproduction.
But, only single cell can reproduce, hence all repro begins with single cell. Note – most cells have 2 sets of Chromosomes aka DNA.
In multi-celled animals, beginning cell of repro is provided by male sperm and female egg. These “sex” cells are special, each has only 1 set of DNA; hence, each contributes ½ of DNA. Thus, fertilized egg has a complete, but unique set of genes, never existed before.
Much variability in reproduction process, which passing thru natural selections filter, which tends to select only the most fit to survive, has led over millions of years from fish to humans – each with greater survival capability.
Reproduction potentially solves species survival, but there is another problem, individuals do not need sex to survive, hence, there is a conflict between species survival and individual survival. Evolution’s natural selection filter solved this problem; however, the solution led to one more problem, the tendency for species to increase until they exceed available resources. Consider the following excerpt from a news article:
“New studies predict record land grab as demand soars for new sources of food, energy and wood fiber. Escalating global demand for fuel, food and wood fibre [missing phrase] will destroy the world’s forests,
missing phrase is due to the rapidly expanding world population
But, evolution cannot solve the population explosion problem, without upsetting the species survival solution this is Ev Fatal Flaw – and leads to serious consequences – our population cannot increase forever.
Now, I am not going to reveal evolution’s solution to the species-individual conflict as this would spoil mystery– have to read my book.
Are there any questions?
December 21, 2009
The Creationism, Intelligent Design, Evolution controversy is a significant part of the Science-Religion Conflict which is nicely summarized by this review of scientific and religious activities in 1927:
• Edwin Hubble and associates were discovering and mapping the enormous size and age of the universe.
• Werner Heisenberg and Ernst Schrödinger were developing the correct formulation of quantum mechanics, the explanation of matter, which was known to be comprised of infinitesimally small atoms. •
Phoebus Levene, Fredrick Griffith, William Astbury, and Oswald Avery, among others, were unraveling the mystery of heredity which led to the solution of the mechanism of natural selection.
• John Scopes was found guilty of violating the religiously motivated Butler Law that forbade the teaching of evolution. There was thus, a yawning gap between science and religion, which continues today.