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RELIGION ON ORIGIN |
SCIENCE ON ORIGIN 1 |
SCIENCE ON ORIGIN 2 |
FOCUSING ON PURPOSE | |
SOLAR LABORATORY THEORY |
IMPLICATIONS OF THE THEORY |
Focusing On Purpose
Why Restrict Inquiry?
The vast body of knowledge that we know as science has evolved from the
human urge to explore new probabilities whenever observable evidence
contradicts hitherto accepted views. It is therefore a great pity that
the battle to justify or rubbish religious beliefs has overshadowed the
need for a logical examination of the important question of life's
Why erect a brick wall along the road of intelligent
reasoning just because we hit a point beyond which there are no
observable phenomena? As we have seen, scientists predicted many
important phenomena long before their physical detection ...
Why then do scientists and theologians continue to impose such rigid
shackles on exploratory thought?
Purpose is linked to intelligent design so, understandably, agnostics
and atheists fear that it will bolster the case for a supernatural
deity with all the current baggage of religious mind-enslavement.
Theists, on the other hand, have displayed a general reluctance to
inquire further into these matters; preferring to leave it shrouded
mysteriously as 'God's Will' that is only revealed occasionally by
divination to a select few.
The real issue is not who is right or wrong, or whether the earth is
'young' or 'old'. It is the issue of purpose that goes to the heart of
our existence. Everything else merely concerns methodology and
mechanics. We must reach out beyond the physically observable and
religious dogma to search for the true meaning of life.
Is It All A Futile Exercise?
In the absence of a logical explanation for life, some people have
concluded that it is all a fruitless pursuit with no meaning ...
... The principle of Teleology holds that all events and developments are
shaped and driven by the reason for their occurrence. The name derives
from the Greek word telos that translates as 'end'. A teleological
view of life leads to the conclusion that it must stem from purposeful
The best known teleological exposition on human life is the
'watchmaker' example put forward in 1802 by theologian William Paley in
his thesis Natural Theology ...
... Prominent Darwinist Richard Dawkins argues forcefully against purpose
and design in his 1991 book 'The Blind Watchmaker'. Ironically though
he begins by stating:
"Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of
having been designed for a purpose."  ...
... It is highly significant that human inventions invariably mimic nature.
A few examples:
Computer/Brain; Camera/Eye; Pump/Heart; Plumbing/Blood
Arteries; Microphone/Ear Drum; Bellows/Lungs; Fuel Tank/Stomach; Boat
Paddles/Webbed Feet; Exhaust Pipe/Anus; Aeroplanes/Birds; Suction
All of these inventions came about with good reason
and for vital purposes. Is it not reasonable to assume the same of
earth and of life in particular? In no other known context have such
immensely complex structures like our solar system and life forms
appeared at random and without a purpose ...
... Since the 1980s a new generation of scientific scholars has come to
accept that Darwinian theories are wholly inadequate to account for the
sheer complexity of living things ...
Modern Design Science
There is a growing body of support in scientific circles for proper
investigation of possible intelligent design by an unknown entity. A
number of scientists, scholars and philosophers are committing to
research into a new design paradigm outside religion ...
... This emerging movement took a giant step forward with an important
conference held at the University of Texas in 1997 ...
Co-organiser Dr. Robert C. Koons described the outcome of this
groundbreaking event thus:
"In the course of the conference the participants moved toward several
Scientific Standards for detecting Intelligent Design
Advances in the information sciences have allowed the development of
criteria for detecting the footprints of rational intelligent agents in
information systems. These include patterns of specified and high
information content with an extremely low mathematical probability of
occurring by chance.
Intelligent Design advocates have identified [this] Specified Complexity as
well as other scientific research on Water Anomalies, Anthropic
Coincidences and The Fibonacci Number & Divine Proportion as areas
where empirical evidence can be deduced to support modern design
... The advent of Intelligent Design is a watershed that may come to mark a
turning point in our approach to questions of life's origin and
purpose. However supporters are having a hard time getting the subject
instituted as a proper field of scientific research alongside
biological evolution ...
... It certainly seems strange that a culture that relies heavily on
causation and effect in most of its social endeavours (e.g. forensic
science, criminal law, insurance claims, medical diagnosis and
mechanical design) should demonstrate such vehement opposition to the
introduction of the same principle into the field of biology.
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- "We cannot make a priori pronouncements about what kind of theory
or what kind of explanation can properly be made in the course of
scientific inquiry. In principle, there is nothing to exclude appeals
to superhuman, or even extra-cosmic, intelligence.
- "Good science consists in working within research programs that are
progressive in the following senses:
(a) they generate empirically testable, novel predictions;
(b) they generate explanations of a wide range of phenomena on the
basis of a simple, spare system of postulated entities and
(c) they deal with anomalies and predictive failures without resorting
to ad hoc repairs.
The inspiration for a scientific research program can come from
anywhere (including religious conviction) but the evaluation of an
existing program must be rigorously empirical.
- "If theistic science or intelligent design theory is to become a
progressive research program, it must do more than poke holes in the
evidence for Darwinism: it must acquire auxiliary hypotheses about the
intentions and preferences of the designer from which we can generate
specific, testable predictions and informative explanations.
- "... But, if we are to pursue theistic
research programs, it must be for the sake of doing science and doing
it well, not for the sake of religion." 
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Crisis and Contradiction
Importance of the Debate
2. RELIGION ON ORIGIN
What is Religion?
Early Accounts of Origin
Common Ground with Science
3. SCIENCE ON ORIGIN
PART 1: THE UNIVERSE
What do we mean by Science?
Problems with Big-Bang
More Missing Pieces
Where is it all heading?
Common Ground with Religion
4. SCIENCE ON ORIGIN
PART 2: LIFE
Impact of Modern Genetics
Problems with Evolution
Evolution, Religion & Social Science
5. FOCUSING ON PURPOSE
Why restrict Inquiry?
Is it all a futile exercise?
Modern Design Science
6. THE SOLAR LABORATORY THEORY
An Expendable Experiment
Recording Mechanisms - Memory
Memory Consolidation and Storage
Consciousness and The Mind-Brain
7. IMPLICATIONS OF THE THEORY
The Role of Free Will
The Good-Evil Paradox
Morality and Religion
The Problem with Religion
Morality outside Religion
Chances of Intervention
9. FURTHER READING