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Oxford mathematician John Lennox on the chances of life developing without a supermind to guide it

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Here at MercatorNet, William West asks, “Has science buried God?” and answers, “No, far from it, an Oxford professor insists” (5 May 2011). He is reviewing the work of serious Christian Oxford mathematician and ID sympathizer John Lennox.

Lennox goes through all the theories put forward to give credence to the idea that all of this could have happened by chance and, as a mathematician, indicates that such scenarios are basically laughable. He says that the conclusion that a super intellect is at work in the creation of life may not be verified by scientific “induction” or experiment, but it is a valid inference to the best explanation (“abduction”).

He points out that the probability of a purely random origin for any sequence of even the most basic biological significance is “so small as to be negligible”: “It could therefore be argued that the molecular biology of the cell shows the same order of fine-tuning that we saw in connection with physics and cosmology.”

He also warns against any attempt to try to write off the clear implications of a mind behind the design of living things as an analogy from something like a watch. “We are not arguing from analogy, but we are making an inference to the best explanation,” he notes.

Lennox points out that the obvious conclusion that arises from reflecting on the reality that sciences like physics and biology have uncovered is that “information and intelligence are fundamental to the existence of the universe and life and, far from being the end products of an unguided natural process starting with energy and matter, they are involved from the very beginning”. In other words, the whole universe has the unmistakeable signature of monumental design about it.

So, what if you take all of the probabilities unearthed by science together? What are the chances of life developing without a super-mind to guide it? The answer, clearly, is as close to zero as anyone could imagine. In fact, the figures involved are so profound, so enormous, that no human mind could possibly imagine them in any real sense.

Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose

2 Replies to “Oxford mathematician John Lennox on the chances of life developing without a supermind to guide it

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    bornagain77 says:

    On top of the probabilities, which are ‘negligible’ for life spontaneously arising anywhere in the universe, there actually is a ‘signature in the cell’, to borrow Dr. Meyer’s fitting term, of transcendent quantum information in the cell. Transcendent quantum information which requires a cause which is not limited by time or space.


    Quantum Entanglement falsifies materialism here;

    The Failure Of Local Realism – Materialism – Alain Aspect – video

    Yet Quantum Entanglement is found on a massive scale in molecular biology here:

    Quantum entanglement holds together life’s blueprint – 2010
    Excerpt: “If you didn’t have entanglement, then DNA would have a simple flat structure, and you would never get the twist that seems to be important to the functioning of DNA,” says team member Vlatko Vedral of the University of Oxford.

    Quantum Information/Entanglement In DNA & Protein Folding – short video

    i.e. Improbability arguments of various ‘special’ configurations of material particles, which have been a staple of the arguments against neo-Darwinism, simply do not apply since the ‘transcendent’ cause is not within the material particles to posit in the first place!

    further note:

    Moreover, from a thermodynamic perspective, transcendent information, which is foundational to, and takes precedence over, the material particles is again required for an explanation:

    Information and entropy – top-down or bottom-up development in living systems? A.C. McINTOSH
    Excerpt: It is proposed in conclusion that it is the non-material information (transcendent to the matter and energy) that is actually itself constraining the local thermodynamics to be in ordered disequilibrium and with specified raised free energy levels necessary for the molecular and cellular machinery to operate.

    As well, ‘non-reductive materialism’ breaks down into absurdity when pushed to give adequate ‘transcendent’ account for causation of quantum entanglement;

    i.e. Materialism simply dissolves into absurdity when pushed to extremes and certainly offers no guarantee to us for believing our perceptions and reasoning within science are trustworthy in the first place:

    Dr. Bruce Gordon – The Absurdity Of The Multiverse & Materialism in General – video


    John Lennox – Science Is Impossible Without God – Quotes – video remix

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT; Douglas Axe gives his take on Oxford looking for a mathematician(s) to ‘fix’ neo-Darwinism;

    Oxford University Seeks Mathemagician — May 5th, 2011 by Douglas Axe

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