Friday, January 19, 2007

fatal flaws of evolution

A couple of days ago I read the brief but powerful book Fatal Flaws: What Evolutionists Don't Want You To Know by Hank Hanegraaff.

Here's a blurb about Darwin's thoughts on the complexity of the eye:
In his landmark publication, The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, Darwin avowed, "To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree possible." He labeled this dilemma as the problem of "organs of extreme perfection and complication." (43)
Here's a blurb about the complexity of a fertilized egg:
Through a process of incredible precision, a microscopic egg in one human being is fertilized by a sperm cell from another. This process not only marks the beginning of a new life but also marks the genetic future of that life. A single fertilized egg (zygote), the size of a pinhead, contains chemical instructions that would fill more than five hundred thousand printed pages. The genetic information contained in this "encyclopedia" determines the potential physical aspect of the developing human from height to hair color. In time, the fertilized egg divides into 30 trillion cells that make up the human body, including 12 billion brain cells, which fom more than 120 trillion connections.

In Darwin's day, a human egg was thought to be quite simple - for all practial purposes, little more than a microscopic blob of gelatin. Today, we know that a fertilized egg is among the most organized, complex structures in the universe. In an age of scientific enlightenment, it is incredible to think that people are willing to maintain that something so organized and vastly complex arose by chance. As Dr. James Coppedge, an expert in the science of statistical probability, puts it, "Chance requires ten billion tries on the average in order to count to ten." (46-47)
On the religious ramifications of evolution:
With pomp and ceremony [, at the Darwinian Centennial Convention, which celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Darwin's The Origin of the Species by Natural Selection,] Sir Julian Huxley, the great-grandson of Thomas Huxley, Darwin's Bulldog, boasted, "In the evolutionary system of thought there is no longer need or room for the supernatural. The earth was not created; it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves. So did religion. Evolutionary man can no longer take refuge from his loneliness by creeping for shelter into the arms of a divinized father figure whom he himself has created." (5-6)

4 comments:

Larry B said...

A little tongue in cheek here:
But some of the more recent explanations for the statistical problem is to borrow an idea (although quite incorrectly) from quantum mechanics that postulates that there are an innumerable number of universes simultaneously existing, albeit in different states. Therefore the probability problem doesn't exist anymore because these universes allow for the extremely unlikely probabilities to actually occur.

See problem solved!

And since no on can prove or disprove the existence of these multiple universes, then we shouldn't question the idea.......

Jason Woolever said...

hey larry. good to hear from you.
i've heard that multiple universes theory. Nancy Pearcey talks a little bit about it in this article: http://www.arn.org/docs/pearcey/np_tailormade090200.htm

Jennice said...

Jason,
Your link doesn't work.

Jason Woolever said...

i just tried it and it did.