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Michael Denton: Every major science advance for 200 years shows unique fitness of Earth for life

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Michael Denton has a new book out, Children of Light: The astonishing properties of sunlight that made us possible, on the fitness of sunlight for life:

In this book, I have described the fitness of the radiation emitted by the Sun for life on Earth: the fitness of the atmosphere to ensure sufficient IR radiation is absorbed to warm the surface of the planet, preventing water from freezing and animating matter for chemical reactions; the fitness of the atmosphere to let through the visible light to the Earth surface to enable photosynthesis which generates the oxygen and reduced carbon fuel necessary to support our “light eating,” energy-demanding lifestyle; and the fitness of the same light for high-acuity vison in beings of our bodily design and size.

Image result for michael denton David Klinghoffer offers,

By “fitness” he means the ultra-fine focusing — fine almost beyond calculation — of multiple natural laws and natural phenomena, all converging on life, and intelligent life in particular, as we know it. As in his previous work, Denton draws on the insights of Lawrence Henderson (1878-1942) and ID’s godfather, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), while showing how unlike Darwinian natural selection, the idea of natural fitness has been accumulating evidence in its favor for going on two centuries and promises to continue to do so into the future.

Denton’s basic theme:

“[T]here must surely be many more elements of fitness for our biology which await discovery. This expectation is borne out by the fact that every major advance in science since the beginning of the nineteenth century has revealed further element of unique fitness in nature for life on Earth.” David Klinghoffer, “Let There Be Light — New Book from Michael Denton Continues Privileged Species Series” at Evolution News and Science Today

See also: Michael Denton’s Evolution (Still) a Theory in Crisis a Spectator “Best Book”?

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What becomes of science when the evidence does not matter?

8 Replies to “Michael Denton: Every major science advance for 200 years shows unique fitness of Earth for life

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    vmahuna says:

    This can of course be looked at the other way round: Life on Earth was designed to uniquely fit the home designed for us.

    Either way, the Designs become more and more obvious. I still like the fact that the Moon is just the right to cause a spectacular Eclipse during the Age of Humans. Venus has no moons, and Mars has this dinky little things that simply disappear in front of the Sun during an eclipse.

    But our Moon was designed and installed to make Humans gaze in wonder at it. Algae gaze no so much.

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    Bob O'H says:

    This can of course be looked at the other way round: Life on Earth was designed to uniquely fit the home designed for us.

    Indeed, or that life on earth evolved to uniquely fit our home.

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    But Richard Dawkins proved that life indeed evolved over much “Deep Time.”

    I saw with my own eyes the paper mache mountain he had on that table in front of his students.

    He also proved that the eye evolved. I saw with my own eyes (no pun intended) as he bent that piece of polaroid film from flat to a nicely curved piece of coated paper that could obviously focus light.

    And he talks and writes very nicely – smooth even.

    You people here just don’t understand evolution and the mountain of evidence displayed on that table in England by the smartest man in the world. The evidence is there for everyone to look at on YouTube.

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    ET says:

    Bob O’H

    Indeed, or that life on earth evolved to uniquely fit our home.

    Evolved how and from what, Bob?

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    R J Sawyer says:

    This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.”

    Douglas Adams: The Salmon of Doubt

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    ET says:

    R J- Puddles cannot think and if they could Adams had no idea what they would think. IOW Adams produced nothing more than a strawman. And ignorant atheists bought it

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    R J Sawyer says:

    ET

    R J- Puddles cannot think and if they could Adams had no idea what they would think. IOW Adams produced nothing more than a strawman. And ignorant atheists bought it.

    Admittedly it is an absurd analogy, and I don’t think he meant it to be any more than that. But it does highlight the absurdity of the finely tuned universe argument.

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    ET says:

    R J:

    But it does highlight the absurdity of the finely tuned universe argument.

    No, it highlights the desperation of those who cannot explain the fine-tuned universe.

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