It is difficult to separate the science from the religion in the realm of origins. All scientists who work in the fields of operational science have a worldview, but whether they believe in evolution or not does not usually impact their work. When it does, science suffers. For instance you will not find many scientific disciplines that require students to read any of Darwin's books. Astronomy and Astrophysics and Nuclear Physicists and various other disciplines take no notice of Darwin whatsoever. Despite the party line continually parroted by the ruling paradigm, Darwinism is not of any use in operational science. Even Population Geneticists use Mendelian-style creation-friendly operational science to predict/control populations and change within kind.
Since you are reading this, you are therefore alive. "Alive" is not something we can weigh and it is not possible to assign a material or natural source for life since none have ever been found nor has life been able to be quantified as a substance or measured as a source. Nevertheless living beings have millions of neurons and multiple millions of tiny electric charges pass through our bodies as the brain and the cells communicate. The electric charges in and of themselves are not life but if life departs the impulses cease. No one will deny that you must certainly be alive but you will not find a scientist who can show you "life" or explain a naturalistic materialistic cause for life. But please keep breathing or you will quickly experience what it is not!
The Law of Biogenesis says that life comes from life and that each kind produces more of its kind. Darwinists do not believe this, however, and spend millions of dollars and millions of man hours trying to disprove what science proved by peer-reviewed trials and tests over the course of several years some 150 years ago. I do not blame Darwinists for this since they are walking by faith and not by sight.
The most vigorous of Darwinists are not only humanists but usually beyond agnostic and often beyond atheistic and are, in fact, atheopathic. An underlying hatred for God and the concept of God has driven men to ignore common sense and reasoning to build a fantasy we call Darwinism out of whole cloth. Richard Dawkins obviously has more than a simple distaste for God and there are plenty like him, high priests of Darwin, who wear the label of scientist but are in fact no more than preachers for atheopathic humanism who, if given the power, will punish unbelievers by denying them grades or tenure or jobs within the scientific and academic community.
You are reading this because you are a human being. Only people can read. You are also a molecular machine made up of billions of smaller molecular machines that are all operating and are all in existence because of the instructions contained within your DNA. ATP synthase machines are The secret to DNA is that it is a marvelous container for information. It is estimated that the human brain could contain the information written in 11 million books, but try to imagine how much information is contained in your DNA? 2 terabytes? 30 terabytes? Scientists cannot actually determine this precisely.
One thing for sure, whereas Moby may think we are full of stars, what we really are is an eternal self contained within a molecular machines which is composed of manifold millions of smaller molecular machines and all operations going on within being governed by the software written in code placed within DNA.
The problem is that information can only be quantified by container. It has no material form and cannot be directly measured. The quantity and quality of information can only be deduced by what it accomplishes.
Your body has around 100 trillion cells. Most of them are more complex than the largest factory you have ever seen and busier besides. Your brain has over 13 billion cells alone. Brain facts. Even secular sites will concede that our structure is remarkably complex and yet simply counting cells does not begin to tell the tale.
Protein synthesis interactive toy
DNA is not simply a coding mechanism, it is a set of instructions that direct the organism throughout the life of the organism, from conception to death. Most of your cells contain all the DNA required to code for your entire body for your entire life but somehow each cell is programmed to do its particular part in the being that is you, including making the proteins that the "toy" greatly oversimplifies.
Frogs also have DNA but frogs grow differently than we do, behave differently and generally speaking do not resemble us in very many ways. Yet they are vertebrates like we are and there are many scientists who actually believe that a frog-like animal is one of your ancestors.
Now here is where we find Darwinism has been harmful to science: Biology! The Darwinist concepts of vestigal organs and "junk" DNA, both now disproven, were hindrances to advances in medicine and no doubt contributed to countless deaths. Even now geneticists are finding that DNA is more complex than we suspected and that much of the mysteries of DNA and RNA are as yet unexplained. One thing for sure, the more we learn about DNA, the more we realize that it is intricately complex. This is absolutely terrible news for Darwinists. But then again, perhaps as more information about life and information is discovered, we will find that there are just a few vestigal Darwinists.
Can you really imagine that complex processes like these were created when a bolt of lighting hit a mud puddle? Is that a scientific point of view? Or does it make sense that a supernatural God designed life and the material world to work together and operate in ways we are still just beginning to comprehend.
Take it away, Calvin!
The genetic information code points to an intelligent source
Published: 6 May 2010(GMT+10)
“Now there’s just enough to prime it withThis amusing tune speaks of loving your neighbor in a practical way (one person taking the time to leave the water jar) and also of confidence in your fellow man (the other man’s step of faith by trusting that the instructions left are correct and that the water will not be wasted unnecessarily).
so don’tcha go drinkin’ first
You just pour it in and pump like mad,
buddy, you’ll quench your thirst … ”
Send and receiveBut what if the traveler was unable to read the note (either because they were of a different culture or simply illiterate)? What good would the information have been without someone that could understand it?
Obviously in any form of communication (whether Braille, Morse code, spoken language etc) there must first be a transmitter and then a receiver that understands the specific code used or else the communication is useless, literally “lost” in translation. If Desert Pete’s traveler had been Chinese (and didn’t understand English) he might have perished!
Origin of a codeAtheistic evolutionists are committed to a materialistic origin of life. As such, there should be no non-material quantity to the universe. However, modern science shows us that the study of biology is largely a study of information science, as all living things contain vast libraries of information in the form of a genetic code (DNA).
So committed evolutionists must believe (for the origin of life to have occurred naturalistically) that a code system originated by chance, with no outside intelligence. But experimental science has shown this is false. Information is non-material; it is a metaphysical entity, and has only been observed to be derived from an intelligent source. An example can be demonstrated simply.
Obviously information was carried on the material of the chalk (because of the arrangement) but chalk has no inherent information content. The information can be traced back to the mind (me) that formulated the message, not the matter (calcium carbonate). Similarly, DNA is comprised of sugar, phosphates and bases, but the matter that it is made of does not contain the information, the arrangement of it does.
So information is 1) metaphysical (it is not a part of the matter it is carried on) and 2) only ever been observed to be created by intelligence. This is a huge challenge to the atheistic paradigm, and many atheistic evolutionists committed to their faith are aware of the challenge and trying desperately to solve it.
“To stem the growing swell of Intelligent Design intrusions, it is imperative that we provide stand-alone natural process evidence of non trivial self-organization at the edge of chaos. We must demonstrate on sound scientific grounds the formal capabilities of naturally-occurring physicodynamic complexity.”1This evolutionary author (DL Abel) has identified what he calls the “null hypothesis” to naturalism,2 shown below.
Can we falsify any of the following null hypotheses?
Neither spontaneous combinatorial complexity nor “The Edge of Chaos” can generate:
“ … science has an obligation to be honest about what the entire body of evidence clearly suggests. We cannot just keep endlessly labelling abundant evidence of formal prescription in nature “apparent”. The fact of purposeful programming at multiple layers gets more “apparent” with each new issue of virtually every molecular biology journal.”3So the ever increasing accumulation of observable evidence is going in the wrong direction! All living things operate and replicate using vast quantities of coded information which is stored, read, transcribed and translated. All of these processes shout out purposeful, intelligent sophisticated programming (far more advanced than any technology we’ve yet conceived), not blind, purposeless, naturalistic processes.
Aside from the fact that no one has observed a code system spontaneously generating, it is even beyond our imagination to concoct a story of how matter could formulate a code. So, far from the average lay person’s belief that scientists have the origin of life figured out, the honest scientists who understand the problem are admitting that they don’t know at all.
“At the same time, we have spent much of the last century arguing to the lay community that we have proved the current biological paradigm. Unfortunately, very few in the scientific community seem critical of this indiscretion. One would think that if all this evidence is so abundant, it would be quick and easy to falsify the null hypothesis put forward above.”4
This is truly a dizzying prospect, as not only is the process of translation itself (in all of our experience) another activity that can always be traced back to an intelligent source,5 but what is the chance (in the infinite amount of “translators” that might have evolved) for it to be the exact one that matched the code that evolved?
It’s like the note in Desert Pete. Even if the note could have written itself somehow, what good is the note if there were no one to understand it? What good are instructions if no one is receiving them? The faith needed to believe that a code system spontaneously came into being is far fetched, but the concept that “matter” developed a “mind” capable of understanding it goes beyond faith and into the realm of fantasy.
A step of faithFaith in Jesus Christ is based on trust in God’s word. The Bible is a credible message given to us from the past from one who foresaw our needs and cares and wants the best for us. It has not, as some critics say, been lost in translation, but a message that has been faithfully passed on for hundreds of years. However, it is not a blind leap, but an intelligent step forward based on evidence and logic.
Belief in atheistic evolution is a blind faith. It is a belief based in non-observed, unproven scientific processes, while philosophically denying hope, purpose, justice or ultimate meaning to life.
The explorer in this life faces the same options as the desert traveler. Live a life full of short term gratification (drink the water in the jar) or enjoy the full life of abundance (put your faith in an unseen source). The results of non-belief lead to ultimate ruin, but the step of faith leads to eternal life.
As Pete says;
“You’ve got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe
You’ve got to give of yourself ’fore you’re worthy to receive
Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet
Leave the bottle full for others, thank you kindly, Desert Pete”
Readers’ comments:Graham P., New Zealand, 6 May 2010
Great piece. I had a discussion with an engineer last week, and made the same point: the dna coded information isn’t material, so how could naturalistic evolution explain it? The engineer had no response.
Cal Smith responds:
Hi Graham, thank you for your email.
Yes, information as an entity is an incredible problem for evolutionists to explain, and this certainly isn’t a God of the gaps type of argument (“we don’t know so God must have done it”). We do know where information comes from (an intelligent mind). So the more sophisticated the information the more sophisticated the mind that created it must be.
I have never seen this question answered by an evolutionist personally. If you would like to learn more about information theory I suggest Dr Werner Gitt’s book “In the beginning was information” available on our website.
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R.R., Canada, 6 May 2010
Aside from the fact that no one has observed a code system spontaneously generating, it is even beyond our imagination to concoct a story of how matter could formulate a code.
I have heard Carl W. make allowances for the possibility of information gain in the (nylon bug?). I don’t know a lot about this but I’m curious to know if that admission is compatible with the above statement.
Editor: Here is the article about nylon digestion. It has nothing to do with the origin of the genetic code, which this article is about, because the genetic code already exists in the bacteria.
Jim G., United States, 7 May 2010
There’s one other piece to this that makes it even more difficult. You correctly note that both transmission and reception of DNS’s information must be explained. However, they also must have evolved AT THE SAME TIME.
The object doing the understanding would be useless (and thus selected against) without the information, and the information would be useless (and thus selected against) without the capacity to understand it.
And, going just one step further: The VERY FIRST life form in the evolutionary tree must have included both the transmission capability and the reception capability. The species encompassing any entity that had one without the other would have gone extinct at the same instant as it died!
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- Even though non living computers can translate information, that process can only happen because of the programming of translation software by intelligent designers. Return to text.