Thursday, May 1, 2008

God of Gaps, HB6027

At this time, science can not tell us the whole story of how life got started and why it is the way it is. Scientists have done great work and it is OK for them to look forward, but they must skillfully distinguish the difference between known and unknown. For one, a person must keep up with the research literature, not an easy task. Unfortunately, some persons, whether scientists, teachers, administrators or others, present the unproven as fact. In many scientific articles I've read, the processes under study are not fully understood, even after the particular experiment has taken place. Many times the new discoveries lead to more questions.

If a person does not accept that evolution will inevitably be proven, they are accused of the "God of the Gaps" mistake. If a believer says God made life (or did anything in the physical realm), they are thought to be unable to imagine that science will prevail and are using only what will turn out to be a substitute until the real reason is scientifically proven. An example often used is that of Isaac Newton, who described gravity and the motion of planets, but still thought God had to correct the orbits every so often. A later astronomer, Laplace, proved the orbits were stable on their own and famously told Napoleon that he did not need God in his hypothesis.

What is not often told, though, is that Laplace was a determinist who thought that future particle movements could be exactly measured if enough information was given. Laplace was proven wrong by Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Mechanics, wherein the exact position and momentum of a particle cannot be measured. And, further knowledge of the universe has shown physical parameters with supremely fine-tuning. Physicists in the 1960's noticed that the laws of the universe are surprisingly fit for existence of biological life. This "Anthropic Principle" brings full-circle our appreciation of God's striking design, not only for planets but for people.

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Michigan Representative John Moolenaar just introduced the "Academic Freedom Law," HB 6027 which you can read here. It is meant to allow teachers to criticize evolution and other controversial subjects on a scientific basis.

The teachers would likely use some of the arguments presented here in this blog, such as the extremely low probabilities that un-living DNA molecules in nature would randomly change to their structure in living organisms. This can be evaluated from the chemical and physical qualities of atoms and molecules using chemistry, biology, mathematics and other academic disciplines.

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Note: I'm still editing my blog and some of the early posts now have direct links to describe the terms I use. It's a challenge to get a blog user-friendly, especially for complicated subjects. Please don't give up!

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