New Series: The Abraham Principle
A simple yet elusive quest for an answer takes us from biology to kabbalah to the dance of the electron. If a biologist knows about anything at all, he should know about life. Or so you would think. After all, biology is defined as the scientific study of living organisms. To distinguish biology from other scholarly disciplines, introductory textbooks [Read More …]
Some have no use for things simple, invisible, unknowable – until it’s time to flick the switch! Electrifying, Man has no faculty to perceive electricity – we only see its effects. Still, because of causal reasoning, we are certain of our conclusion that there exists some imperceptible force, which we term electricity, which is the [Read More …]
Faith and reason are not really like trains in collision – they are more like trains in series: One picks up where the other leaves off. The scientist’s faith in cause and effect is so intense that he will accept as undisputed fact the existence of an activating force, even if it plainly contradicts rationality. [Read More …]
“Wow. To bump into you now after all these years, just when I was thinking of you!” “Meanwhile, quite independently, another scientist had just discovered the same thing, half way around the world.” “And after all that, where did the manure happen to land when Haman’s daughter dumped it out the window? On her father’s head [Read More …]
Two views on confronting a crisis of faith. One says shout down heretical thoughts. The other says atheists deserve to be taught. Dear Dr. Gotfryd, I usually enjoy your articles but I have to object to your recent emphasis on responding to doubts with rational arguments. I believe it is not in line with the [Read More …]
The Jewish people are like a challa. That braided loaf of egg bread is not simply a static object waiting to be consumed. It’s a symbolic and dynamic work of art that you really need to chew on in order to digest. I’d like to focus on the braids – out, in, crossover, out the [Read More …]
WHAT SCIENTISTS BELIEVE
It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects."
"The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero."
The really amazing thing is not that life on Earth is balanced on a knife-edge, but that the entire universe is balanced on a knife-edge, and would be total chaos if any of the natural 'constants' were off even slightly.
You see," Davies adds, "even if you dismiss man as a chance happening, the fact remains that the universe seems unreasonably suited to the existence of life -- almost contrived -- you might say a 'put-up job'."
...how surprising it is that the laws of nature and the initial conditions of the universe should allow for the existence of beings who could observe it. Life as we know it would be impossible if any one of several physical quantities had slightly different values."
"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being."