More "miscellany" (General)

by David Turell @, Friday, November 05, 2021, 13:32 (29 days ago) @ dhw

Cosmologic philosophy: dhw said once universe too big
DAVID: Just study God's history to finally understand. Countless existing forms in the bush of life makes food for all.

dhw: But your God is perfectly capable of designing species without precursors. And so if he only wanted to design us plus food, there was no need for precursors of all the life forms and foods that had no connection with us.

Yes God speciates in gaps like the Cambrian.


dhw: […] all you have done is replace a very clear word with one that requires closer definition. Your definition is “goal”, and we are right back where we started.

DAVID: It seems that way.

dhw: So goodbye to another dodge.

We're here no matter how it is termed as a goal and endpoint. We are the desired endpoint of evolution by God.


David v Dawkins
DAVID: My only difference with Dawkins is his atheism. And his selfish gene theories resulting in a weird view of evolution covered in my book.

dhw: I suspect that he would refer to your own divine preprogramming/dabbling view of evolution as “weird”. Your closed minds and dismissal of each other’s unproven beliefs still mark you out as non-scientific pots and kettles.

DAVID: I agreed Dawkins at the start of this thread in that new science findings are anticipated to clarify theory. I still do.

dhw: “Clarify”? They will either support or oppose theories. On that, we can all agree, but none of us know which it will be. Meanwhile, the two of you continue to dismiss each other’s arguments, and to justify your blinkered approaches with the hope/faith that one day science will prove your theory to be correct. And I continue to complain that your respective hopes/faiths entail turning your backs on science.

If we anticipate answers from ongoing research that will validate or invalidate, we haven't turned our backs on science.


Instincts

DAVID: We all agree cells act intelligently, which may mean they are programmed to act that way automatically.

dhw: I’m delighted at this universal agreement, and wish all those who agree would acknowledge that intelligent behaviour “may mean” that the cells are intelligent.

50/50 chance.


Natural protein construction
"Every cell is a master builder, able to craft useful and structurally complex molecules, time and again and with astonishingly few mistakes. Scientists are keen to replicate this feat to build their own molecular factories, but first they'll need to understand it.

dhw: Just another reference to cellular abilities as opposed to automatic following of instructions.

The key issue is few mistakes in God's design.


Sponges
QUOTE: Arendt emphasises that the sponges’ neuroid cells aren’t neurons. “We still think they don’t have a nervous system,” he says. But these cells may be coordinating the activities of the digestive cells. “We see a lot of vesicles in those neuroid cells that would indicate that they secrete something, which is a very strong indication for communication,” he says. “And we also know the kind of molecules they might produce.”

dhw: Cells coordinating the activities of other cells, and appearing to communicate (how else could they coordinate others?). Sounds like intelligence to me.

And where did the information that makes them operate properly come from?


Ethan Siegel on the Big Bang
QUOTE: "It remains possible that the Universe does, at all levels, obey the intuitive rule of cause-and-effect, although the possibility of a fundamentally acausal, indeterminate, random Universe remains in play (and, arguably, preferred) as well. It is possible that the Universe did have a beginning to its existence, although that has by no means been established beyond any sort of reasonable scientific doubt. And if both of those things are true, then the Universe’s existence would have a cause, and that cause may be (but isn’t necessarily) something we can identify with God. However, possible does not equate to proof. Unless we can firmly establish many things that have yet to be demonstrated, the Kalam cosmological argument will only convince those who already agree with its unproven conclusions."

dhw: A perfectly balanced view of the whole mystery, which I can only applaud. Thank you, David, as usual, for your integrity in presenting such an article, even though it goes against your own grain.

You are welcome


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