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Jerry Newcombe: Key question about Cambrian (Darwin’s Doubt) is where does complex information come from?


Jerry Newcombe Jerry Newcombe, with Truth that Transforms (formerly The Coral Ridge Hour) on Steve Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt:

This is not some minor book by an “obscurantist backwoods fundamentalist.” It is published by HarperCollins and was written by a man who earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge. This 500-page illustrated book made its way to 7th place on the New York Times bestseller list.

Hence all the efforts to discredit the book, when the issues it raises should have been confronted over a century ago. Newcombe points out the eerie resemblance of questions about the Cambrian to questions about information:

Every time I log into a computer and have to enter my password, I’m reminded of how impossible evolution is.

One little mistake on the keypad, and I can’t log in. There’s even a website where I seem to be in permanent “log-in purgatory.” I can’t login ever. Granted, it’s operator error. But still…

How does this tie to evolution? Because if evolution were true, then we are to believe a whole series of complex sequences managed to get everything right—repeatedly.

From an interview with Meyer on one of his programs:

Meyer adds, “It’s just like in computer science. If you want to have a new function on your computer, you’ve got to have lots of code, lots of instruction. If you want to build these complex animal forms, we now know, you need information, you need instructions. And that’s the crucial question that is really creating an impasse in evolutionary theory. Where does that information come from?”

Newcombe and Meyer are both onto something. So is Scientific American recently,

If neither particles nor fields are fundamental, then what is? Some researchers think that the world, at root, does not consist of material things but of relations or of properties, such as mass, charge and spin.

It is information that is relational.

Darwinism is an attempt to bypass the questions around the origin of information by claiming that the winnowing force of natural selection acting on random mutations can in fact produce masses of complex, interlocking information, and of course that’s just not true. But we live in an age when many people believe that money exists because the government prints it, so what would you expect, really?

Also new and interesting fromScientific American: Studying how organisms evolve elaborate structures apart from Darwinian selection


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