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species, why we exist and how best we may order our lives and societies
within the universal scheme of things."
- Eugene D. A. Bell-Gam
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Life's Big Questions
How did the universe and life come about? |
Why is it all so orderly and yet so flawed?
Why does life exist?
What purpose are we serving?
Where did our life force come from?
Where does it go when we die?
Startling new discoveries are fast-eroding the familiar pillars upon which both
science and religion have thrived in our common era.
Age-old questions about the very essence of life itself are resurfacing with
renewed urgency to the search for answers.
Why We Exist is a thought-provoking examination of life's origin, meaning
and purpose in the light of current scientific evidence. The well researched and
clearly set out material will fascinate anyone who has ever pondered the
vital questions of life. It is a timely debate on human essence in a world torn
between rabid materialism and religious extremism.
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Quotes from the book ...
"There are 100,000 million stars in the galaxy and 100,000 million
galaxies in the universe, so if you want to recreate the universe you
better have a big computer." -
Prof. Carlos Frenk, University of Durham
"Most of the planets found previously are like distant cousins to the
planets in our own solar system, but now we are finding ones much more
like ours. We are getting closer to our brothers and sisters."
- Dr. Hugh Jones, Liverpool John Moores University
"Quantum theory leaves no doubt that other universes exist in exactly
the same sense that the single universe that we see exists." -
Prof. David Deutsch, Oxford University
"Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of
having been designed for a purpose ... What lies at the heart of every living
thing is not a fire, warm breath, nor a 'spark of life'. It is information, words,
instructions ... If you want to understand life, think about information technology."
- Prof. Richard Dawkins, Oxford University
"You can't read off the complex four dimensions of a living organism (three
of space and one of time) from the single dimension of DNA... In fact
DNA is rather an inert substance. It is not the 'master molecule,' the
'blueprint of life,' the 'code of codes' or whatever other grandiose
metaphor has been proposed." -
Prof. Steven Rose, Open University
"We have always underestimated cells ... The entire cell can be
viewed as a factory that contains an elaborate network of interlocking
assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein
machines ... Why do we call the large protein assemblies that
underlie cell function protein machines? Precisely because, like
machines invented by humans to deal efficiently with the
macroscopic world, these protein assemblies contain highly coordinated
- Dr. Bruce Alberts, US National Academy of Sciences
"We find that nature's order is hidden from us, it is written in
code ... What is remarkable is that human beings are actually able to carry out
this code-breaking operation, that the human mind has the necessary
intellectual equipment for us to unlock the secrets of nature." -
Prof. Paul Davies, Australian Centre for Astrobiology
"The core idea of intelligent design must be supplemented with
auxiliary hypotheses and generalizations about the structure of the
design and about at what points the design makes contact with the
natural world. We are at a stage analogous to Copernican astronomy
before the discovery of Kepler's laws (to say nothing of Newton's)."
- Dr. Robert C. Koons, University of Texas
"The way we teach science and related issues needs shaking up if we are
to prepare our children for the challenges of citizenship in an era
where science will pervade most aspects of life ... The genome era must be
democratic - which means everyone having an informed say about the new social,
ethical and political questions posed by science." -
Dr. Mike Dexter, The Wellcome Trust
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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