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A new book discusses Walter Bradley’s life and legacy

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Walter Bradley has been a key figure in the ID community. The biography, For a Greater Purpose, is by Robert J. Marks and William Dembski:

From the book, here’s what others are saying about Walter Bradley:

● “Walter Bradley is one of the most extraordinary men I have ever known. I am in awe of him.” —William Lane Craig, PhD, DTh, ReasonableFaith.org

● “One of the great blessings God has granted me in my life is the opportunity to have co-ministered with [Walter Bradley] among faculty and students on university campuses across the US and beyond.” — Hugh Ross, PhD, Reasons to Believe

● “Walter Bradley is one of the most remarkable Christian scholars I’ve ever known.” — Robert B. Sloan, DTh, president of Houston Baptist University and former president of Baylor University

● “Professor Walter Bradley fearlessly led the charge for faculty to unabashedly stand up for their faith on campuses.” — James M. Tour, PhD, Rice University …

News, “We’re the Walter Bradley Center. But who is Walter Bradley?” at Mind Matters News

He hasn’t been a man who put himself forward so others say it for him.

You may also enjoy: Walter Bradley— an engineer for the rest of us! He has impacted many, many lives and the world is a much better place because of him. Walter Bradley is not a household name, but in a fairer world he would be.

One Reply to “A new book discusses Walter Bradley’s life and legacy

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    bornagain77 says:

    These accolades that Dr. Walter Bradley has received in the OP are well deserved.

    Dr. Bradley has a very impressive resume,,,,,

    Walter Bradley
    Walter Bradley received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, both at the University of Texas (Austin). He taught for 8 years as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, for 24 years as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU, and ten years as a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University. During his time at TAMU he served as the Director of the Polymer Technology Center for 10 years, as Department Head of Mechanical Engineering for 4 years, and Division Head of Offshore Composite Materials in the National Science Foundation sponsored Offshore Technology Research Center for 10 years, and Director of the Polyethylene Industrial Consortium. He has published over 150 refereed journal articles and conference papers and 10 book chapters on various topics in polymers (plastics), polymeric composite materials and fracture and life prediction in metals, plastics, and polymeric composites. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society for Materials and received the Educator of the Year 2011 Award for the Society of Plastics Engineers. He was awarded the Crawford Award for Distinguished Service to the College of Engineering at TAMU in 1995, an award given to one professor out of 400 each year.
    – per discovery dot org

    And here is an ‘oldie but goodie’ lecture from Dr. Bradley where you can see for yourself just how gifted Dr. Bradley is for making complex subjects easy to understand,,,

    Creation of the Cosmos – Walter Bradley PhD. – video
    https://youtu.be/T4_SQzM-1AY

    Here is an article that goes along with the preceding video

    How the Recent Discoveries Support a Designed Universe – Dr. Walter L. Bradley – paper
    http://www.leaderu.com/offices.....dence.html

    In the paper, (and video), Dr. Bradley states,

    ,,, “the frequency distribution of electromagnetic radiation produced by the sun must be precisely tuned to the energies of the various chemical bonds on Earth. Excessively energetic photons of radiation (i.e., the ultraviolet radiation emitted from a blue giant star) destroy chemical bonds and destabilize organic molecules. Insufficiently energetic photons (e.g., infrared and longer wavelength radiation from a red dwarf star) would result in chemical reactions that are either too sluggish or would not occur at all. All life on Earth depends upon fine-tuned solar radiation, which requires, in turn, a very precise balancing of the electromagnetic and gravitational forces.
    As previously noted, the chemical bonding energy relies upon quantum mechanical calculations that include the electromagnetic force, the mass of the electron, the speed of light (c), and Planck’s constant (h). Matching the radiation from the sun to the chemical bonding energy requires that the magnitude of six constants be selected to satisfy the following inequality, with the caveat that the two sides of the inequality are of the same order of magnitude, guaranteeing that the photons are sufficiently energetic, but not too energetic.{22},,,
    Substituting the values in Table 2 for h, c, G, me, mp, and e (with units adjusted as required) allows Equation 3 to be evaluated to give:,,,
    In what is either an amazing coincidence or careful design by an intelligent Creator, these constants have the very precise values relative to each other that are necessary to give a universe in which radiation from the sun is tuned to the necessary chemical reactions that are essential for life. This result is illustrated in Figure 3, where the intensity of radiation from the sun and the biological utility of radiation are shown as a function of the wavelength of radiation. The greatest intensity of radiation from the sun occurs at the place of greatest biological utility.,,,”

    In the paper, (and video) Dr. Bradley also lists four graphs. At the bottom of the four graphs he states:

    “The visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (~1 micron) is the most intense radiation from the sun (Figure 3.1); has the greatest biological utility (Figure 3.2); and passes through atmosphere of Earth (Figure 3.3) and water (Figure 3.4) with almost no absorption. It is uniquely this same wavelength of radiation that is idea to foster the chemistry of life. This is either a truly amazing series of coincidences or else the result of careful design.”,,,
    It is remarkable that both the Earth’s atmosphere and water have “optical windows” that allow visible light (just the radiation necessary for life) to pass through with very little absorption, whereas shorter wavelength (destructive ultraviolet radiation) and longer wavelength (infrared) radiation are both highly absorbed, as seen in Figure 3.{23}

    In fact, the energy allowed to enter the Earth’s atmosphere through this ‘optical window’ and that is of greatest biological utility, is constrained, i.e. finely-tuned, to 1 trillionth of a trillionth of the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

    As the following video states, “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.”

    4:00 minute mark,,, “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.”
    Privileged Planet (Chapter 9 of 12)
    https://youtu.be/quhucmOAdss?t=173

    Moreover, In the following article commenting on the ability of the human eye to detect a single photon, William Bialek, who is a professor of physics at Princeton University, remarked that “photoreceptor cells that carpet the retinal tissue of the eye and respond to light, are not just good or great or phabulous at their job. They are not merely exceptionally impressive by the standards of biology,,, Photoreceptors operate at the outermost boundary allowed by the laws of physics, which means they are as good as they can be, period.”

    William Bialek: More Perfect Than We Imagined – March 23, 2013
    Excerpt: photoreceptor cells that carpet the retinal tissue of the eye and respond to light, are not just good or great or phabulous at their job. They are not merely exceptionally impressive by the standards of biology, with whatever slop and wiggle room the animate category implies. Photoreceptors operate at the outermost boundary allowed by the laws of physics, which means they are as good as they can be, period. Each one is designed to detect and respond to single photons of light — the smallest possible packages in which light comes wrapped. “Light is quantized, and you can’t count half a photon,” said William Bialek, a professor of physics and integrative genomics at Princeton University. “This is as far as it goes.” … In each instance, biophysicists have calculated, the system couldn’t get faster, more sensitive or more efficient without first relocating to an alternate universe with alternate physical constants.
    http://darwins-god.blogspot.co.....an-we.html

    And the following article entitled “the Human Eye’s Ability to Detect Single Photons’, states,, the ‘photon detection process is a quantum mechanism and is governed by the laws of quantum physics’,,,

    Quantum Biometrics Exploits the Human Eye’s Ability to Detect Single Photons – April 25, 2017
    Excerpt: The new technique is based on the well-known ability of the human eye to detect single photons. Our light-detection machinery relies on rhodopsin molecules in retinal rod cells to detect single photons and then on a complex mechanism of phototransduction to send this signal to the brain.
    Experiments dating back to the 1940s show that humans can become aware of a flash of light containing just a handful of photons. This photon detection process is a quantum mechanism and is governed by the laws of quantum physics.
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604266/quantum-biometrics-exploits-the-human-eyes-ability-to-detect-single-photons/

    And, in further regards to the eye’s amazing ability to detect a single photon, the following researcher remarked that, ‘Any man-made detector would need to be cooled and isolated from noise to behave the same way.”

    Study suggests humans can detect even the smallest units of light – July 21, 2016
    Excerpt: Research,, has shown that humans can detect the presence of a single photon, the smallest measurable unit of light. Previous studies had established that human subjects acclimated to the dark were capable only of reporting flashes of five to seven photons.,,,
    it is remarkable: a photon, the smallest physical entity with quantum properties of which light consists, is interacting with a biological system consisting of billions of cells, all in a warm and wet environment,” says Vaziri. “The response that the photon generates survives all the way to the level of our awareness despite the ubiquitous background noise. Any man-made detector would need to be cooled and isolated from noise to behave the same way.”,,,
    The gathered data from more than 30,000 trials demonstrated that humans can indeed detect a single photon incident on their eye with a probability significantly above chance.
    “What we want to know next is how does a biological system achieve such sensitivity? How does it achieve this in the presence of noise?
    http://phys.org/news/2016-07-humans-smallest.html

    Besides quantum mechanics now being shown to be at play in ‘photon detection’, i.e. in human vision, ‘non-local’, quantum correlations are now also found to be pervasive throughout molecular biology. In fact, quantum correlations are now found to be in both DNA and protein molecules as well as in a wide range of other important biomolecules:

    Quantum criticality in a wide range of important biomolecules
    Excerpt: “Most of the molecules taking part actively in biochemical processes are tuned exactly to the transition point and are critical conductors,” they say.
    That’s a discovery that is as important as it is unexpected. “These findings suggest an entirely new and universal mechanism of conductance in biology very different from the one used in electrical circuits.”
    The permutations of possible energy levels of biomolecules is huge so the possibility of finding even one that is in the quantum critical state by accident is mind-bogglingly small and, to all intents and purposes, impossible.,, of the order of 10^-50 of possible small biomolecules and even less for proteins,”,,,
    “what exactly is the advantage that criticality confers?”
    https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/the-origin-of-life-and-the-hidden-role-of-quantum-criticality-ca4707924552

    Moreover, these recent findings from quantum biology, as the following video clearly shows, falsifies the reductive materialistic foundation upon which Darwinian evolution itself is built:

    Darwinian Materialism vs. Quantum Biology – Part II – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSig2CsjKbg

    The finding of pervasive ‘non-local’, (i.e. beyond space and time), and conserved, (i.e. cannot be created nor destroyed), quantum correlations within molecular biology has some fairly obvious and profound implications.

    As Stuart Hameroff remarks in the following video, ‘ it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body. Perhaps indefinitely as a soul.

    “Let’s say the heart stops beating. The blood stops flowing. The microtubules lose their quantum state. But the quantum information, which is in the microtubules, isn’t destroyed. It can’t be destroyed. It just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large. If a patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says, “I had a near death experience. I saw a white light. I saw a tunnel. I saw my dead relatives.,,” Now if they’re not revived and the patient dies, then it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body. Perhaps indefinitely as a soul.”
    – Stuart Hameroff – Quantum Entangled Consciousness – Life After Death – video (5:00 minute mark) (of note, this video is no longer available for public viewing)

    In short, the cutting edge of modern science has finally progressed to the point of finally uncovering tangible scientific evidence for the immaterial ‘soul’ that is capable of living beyond the death of our material bodies.

    And contrary to whatever atheists may be predisposed to believe about life after death, this recent finding from modern science is VERY good news for those of us who are not so thrilled with the utter despair of death, i.e. not so thrilled with the prospect of all of us and all of our loved ones ceasing to exist forever, and that our lives are therefore utterly insignificant and objectively meaningless.

    Mark 8:37
    Is anything worth more than your soul?

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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