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From The Best Schools: My take on Dawkins’s speech at the so-called Reason Rally on Saturday:


James Barham writes about the supposed Reason Rally,

These are only a few of the questions that lie at the heart of the real evolution debate. They are topics that Dawkins and his friends would be discussing if they were really interested in employing reason to advance human knowledge.

Alas, their only interest appears to be in mounting a political crusade to replace Christianity with their own faith in materialist reductionism and normative nihilism.

Aw, tow it all out of the harbour, roped to the SS Darwin (garbage scow).

Even Dawkin's analogy of man's increase of knowledge to the electromagnetic spectrum fails him for our increase in knowledge, about the electromagnetic spectrum, has revealed that visible light is also extremely fine tuned for life;
Extreme Fine Tuning of Light for Life and Scientific Discovery - video http://www.metacafe.com/w/7715887 Fine Tuning Of Universal Constants, Particularly Light - Walter Bradley - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4491552 Fine Tuning Of Light to the Atmosphere, to Biological Life, and to Water - graphs http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AYmaSrBPNEmGZGM4ejY3d3pfMTljaGh4MmdnOQ Visible light is also incredibly fine-tuned for life to exist. Though visible light is only a tiny fraction of the total electromagnetic spectrum coming from the sun, it happens to be the "most permitted" portion of the sun's spectrum allowed to filter through the our atmosphere. All the other bands of electromagnetic radiation, directly surrounding visible light, happen to be harmful to organic molecules, and are almost completely absorbed by the atmosphere. The tiny amount of harmful UV radiation, which is not visible light, allowed to filter through the atmosphere is needed to keep various populations of single cell bacteria from over-populating the world (Ross; reasons.org). The size of light's wavelengths and the constraints on the size allowable for the protein molecules of organic life, also seem to be tailor-made for each other. This "tailor-made fit" allows photosynthesis, the miracle of sight, and many other things that are necessary for human life. These specific frequencies of light (that enable plants to manufacture food and astronomers to observe the cosmos) represent less than 1 trillionth of a trillionth (10^-24) of the universe's entire range of electromagnetic emissions. Like water, visible light also appears to be of optimal biological utility (Denton - Nature's Destiny; Privileged Planet - Gonzalez)).
Further notes: In fact, Dawkins would be well advised to stay away from light altogether as proof against a transcendent designer:
Albert Einstein - Special Relativity - Insight Into Eternity - 'thought experiment' video http://www.metacafe.com/w/6545941/ "The laws of relativity have changed timeless existence from a theological claim to a physical reality. Light, you see, is outside of time, a fact of nature proven in thousands of experiments at hundreds of universities. I don’t pretend to know how tomorrow can exist simultaneously with today and yesterday. But at the speed of light they actually and rigorously do. Time does not pass." Richard Swenson - More Than Meets The Eye, Chpt. 12 Virtual Particles & Special Relativity - Michael Strauss PhD. Particle Physics - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4554674 Quantum Computing – Stanford Encyclopedia Excerpt: Theoretically, a single (photon) qubit can store an infinite amount of information, yet when measured (and thus collapsing the Quantum Wave state) it yields only the classical result (0 or 1),,, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qt-quantcomp/#2.1
In fact the very first step of photosynthesis (which all higher life on earth is dependent on) is borderline 'miraculous' in its own right;
Quantum Coherence In Photosynthesis - video with notes in description http://vimeo.com/30235178 Life Masters Physics - Feb. 2010 Excerpt: Collini et al.2 report evidence suggesting that a process known as quantum coherence ‘wires’ together distant molecules in the light-harvesting apparatus of marine cryptophyte algae.,,,“Intriguingly, recent work has documented that light-absorbing molecules in some photosynthetic proteins capture and transfer energy according to quantum-mechanical probability laws instead of classical laws at temperatures up to 180 K,”. ,,, “This contrasts with the long-held view that long-range quantum coherence between molecules cannot be sustained in complex biological systems, even at low temperatures.” http://www.creationsafaris.com/crev201002.htm#20100210a
No Dawkins would do very well to stay away altogether from light and claiming that light is proof of his atheism. He really does much better proselytizing his nihilistic atheism in the darkness of ignorance. Verse and Music:
Genesis 1:3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. Jeremy Fisher - Let It Shine - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSJb0Enqtk8

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