Theodicy: the 'good' view of viruses (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Thursday, October 28, 2021, 16:58 (37 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: Don't distort this: I view God as a designer/creator who wishes to produce the best results He can. What does 'good' mean to you?

dhw: I’ll try to oblige. I think an all-good God would not produce anything harmful or “bad” but would deliberately produce only whatever is beneficial to his creations. This would, for example, entail things to make us happy, as opposed to things that make us scream in agony. ... But that would not solve the problem of theodicy for believers who insist that their all-good God cannot have been the creator of "bad". Now please explain what you understand by “good” and “bad”, so that we can continue to tackle that problem.

This is your human interpretation. I don't think a designer God would wish to harm His top creation. Viruses and bacteria have important good roles. Like molecules that are free to make mistakes, bacteria and viruses are also free, in the only living system that will work. God could find no other system to use.

QUOTE: “Transposons have the capacity to generate a lot of gene regulatory diversity and could help us to understand species-specific differences in the world.

dhw: Do you know who first proposed the existence of transposons? One Barbara McClintock, a Nobel-prize-winning scientist who was a firm believer in cellular intelligence.

DAVID: Widely known fact. So?

dhw: I mention it because of your absurd argument that her championship of cellular intelligence is somehow out of date just because she proposed it many years ago.

DAVID: Only Shapiro, her follower championed it, none since.

dhw: Please stop kidding yourself. You have just reproduced an article supporting the concept. If you google the subject, you will find loads and loads of articles supporting the theory. For example:

DAVID uses these:
Cellular Intelligence – Jon Lieff, MD

QUOTE: "Everywhere we look, there are ubiquitous conversations among all cells in all organisms. Life might come down to the ability to converse, which is another way of saying life is based on the ability to transfer meaningful biological information."

DAVID: I agree with the quote. Nowhere does He say cells are in and of themselves intelligent.

dhw: Then why is his blog called “cellular intelligence”? How can organisms converse and exchange information if they don’t have the intelligence to communicate with and understand each other?

Ask him. All opinion!!!
QUOTE: "...reveal a level of cellular intelligence that is unrecognised by science and is not amenable to computer analysis."
DAVID: Just my point. We scientists do not recognize it.

dhw: Oh good heavens, now you’re claiming that all the scientists who support the theory are not scientists!

Read the bold again. The author is complaining science in general does not recognize his belief!!!! Throwing googled titles at me that you don't study and are all opinion proves nothing!!!

Dhw: Theodicy: the good view of viruses

DAVID: Why are you afraid of common design?? I view viruses like I do bacteria, very largely good, but doing bad if in the wrong place.

dhw: There is nothing to fear from “common design”, which simply denotes common descent as designed by your God. I have objected because it is irrelevant to my request for an explanation of the bad, which is the whole point of the theodicy debate.

DAVID: I've explained the bad. You don't accept the answers.

dhw: Your explanation, as I understand it, is that your God designed the bad viruses, knew they would do nasty things, but had good intentions, and one day we'll find out what they were. (See also under "Miscellany".)

NO!!! God designed bacteria and viruses for good required purposes, but had to accept that sometimes bad results happen as in molecular mistakes. Our living system is the only one possible. Moment by moment mistakes are minimal but additive, so we have distress. I accept what is as it works. It is not God's fault.

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