The Delicate Balance between Belief and Unbelief 2

What should jump-out at us…is that after 160 years of the most intensive scientific research of the natural world…for answers regarding the fundamental reality of purpose and meaning in the universe…that in the scientific field of studying biological life…we have reached a philosophical/interpretation stand-off in which the raw empirical facts…on their own…can point neutrally in either of the two directions of creation or evolution…resolved only at this late stage in the debate…at this mature point in the Scientific Revolution…by our worldview bias of theism or atheism.

One contention of this book is that this stalemate between two polar opposite views…of fiat creation by an intelligent designer God…or random-chance, evolutionary, step-by-step assemblage by accident through entirely naturalistic means…is by the deliberate intention and premeditated foresight of God.

The introduction of the innovative concept in 1859 in Darwin’s The Origin of Species…asserts that the source for the origin of species and the diversity of life could be a blind, mindless, unguided, indifferent, random-chance, trial-and-error process of small, cumulative, incremental accidents…spread-out over such long periods of time that these changes would be unnoticeable and unobservable during one human lifetime.

That this innovative Darwinian concept…after years of scientific investigation…was destined eventually to run head-on into a philosophical stalemate over the empirical facts producing two polar opposite viewpoints…itself makes the deeply profound case that naturalistic materialism could never be the source-of-origin for this incompatible dichotomy of contrasting viewpoints…intelligently designed fiat creation versus the macroevolution of common descent…as far apart as is imaginable…which surprisingly introduces the new concept of the transcendent existence and quality of a delicate balance between belief and unbelief.

Darwinists look at the anatomical and molecular similarities between the other primates as a group…apes, chimpanzees, and the wide assortment of varied monkeys…and human beings…and see only common descent.

I look at the other primates and human beings…and see a gulf as wide as the Grand Canyon…in terms of the capacity for intellectual and moral reasoning…in terms of unique and different lifestyle habits…that is unbridgeable by the current Darwinian narrative.

This little-known and possibly new concept…that I have termed the delicate balance between belief and unbelief…has been in operation for thousands of years…keeping the open-option available in the decision-making zone regarding the direction of our lives…to be able to choose the route of autonomous individualism…of going our own way in self-sovereignty apart from God…of sitting on the thrones of our lives as junior gods…which is the root of a viable atheism…is the root of the worldview philosophy of humanism…and is the root of a worldly compromised “religious” faith.

These unresolvable differences of opinion at the nuts-and-bolts level in the creation/evolution debate…after 160 years arbitrated only by own worldview bias…exhibits a stalemate that itself pushes-out into the open the correct yet partially hidden answer…waiting to be identified and discovered by humans…that this finely-balanced stalemate could not possibly be the product of a fundamental reality based upon the naturalistic materialism approach that by definition is limited to admitting as valid only that which we can observe, measure, and quantify.

The intricate complexity of arranging hundreds of trillions of different cell-types to create an African elephant…the quantity of the highly specified, instructional information content of DNA that constructs proteins inside living cells…the 40-plus finely-tuned constants contained in the mathematical equations of physics that enables complex life like ourselves to exist in our universe…and the 20-plus conditions regarding our planet earth that make it habitable for the diverse ecologies that define this earth as a privileged planet…these are general arguments…conclusions drawn and inferred from the scientific fact-based evidence…that renders absurd the notion that design should be excluded from the calculus…in the broader search for answers to the fundamental reality of the purpose of our existence.

But for the Darwinists…the nuts-and-bolts evidence that supports their view of common descent…is based upon the same fossil record, the relational similarities between organisms, embryology, vestigial structures, biogeography, and molecular evidence.

There is an ancient question in Christianity: “Why doesn’t God write in large, fiery-flaming letters in the sky that He is the real God…and to worship only Him?”

A similarly profound question can be asked: “Why didn’t Jesus in the first week following His resurrection…walk down the middle of Main Street in Jerusalem and straight into the Temple…demonstrating as objective empirical evidence that He is the divine Son of God, the Messiah, and the Passover Lamb of God atoning sacrifice for mankind’s sins?”

From the Christian viewpoint…the appearances of the resurrected Jesus were finely-tuned and balanced to empower and fuel the rock-solid conviction of the apostles to testify courageously of their eye-witness accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ…to appear to just enough number of people after His resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-8)…to plant the seeds for the explosive growth of Christianity in the first-century in our modern era.

Yet at the same time the resurrection appearances of Jesus were calculated and moderated…finely-tuned and balanced…so as to leave open the option for the Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers, scribes, and many of the common people in Israel to continue to exercise unbelief in Jesus as their messiah…to brilliantly confine and limit faith in Jesus Christ as King and Savior…to the personal relationship zone of free-will choice to enter into a journey of faith as patterned by the biblical narrative stories of faith.

The Delicate Balance between Belief and Unbelief 1

Following the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s book The Origin of Species…after 160 years of intensive field research looking in the fossil record for missing links that would serve as the transitional intermediate precursors needed in the Precambrian rock strata leading-up to the Cambrian Explosion of 530 million years ago…to support the gradualism of Darwinian macroevolution that “nature makes no sudden leaps”…this search has come up empty.

In the fossil record, there are zero…none…no half-way, transitional intermediate precursors…developmentally leading-up to the exotic new creatures Marrella, Opabinia, Wiwaxia, Hallucigenia, Anomalocaris, Trilobite, and others…new creatures popping-up together, all at once, and fully developed in the explosion of complex new life-forms on earth at the beginning of the Cambrian geological period.

The intensive research likewise looking through the fossil record for the supposed enumerable transitional intermediates that would show a clear pattern of the antecedent nodes…past forks-in-the-road…where developmental branches divide apart into new organisms…depicting again the enumerable linkages expected from the first single-cell bacteria to today’s large land mammals of Africa…and human beings…known as the theory of biological common descent…has also come up empty…other than the developmental changes that occur within discrete and discontinuous species over long periods of time…usually ending in extinction and an exit out of the fossil record.

As I look out at the present natural world…accessible to the general public as never before through nature documentaries on television covering every continent and nearly every location on earth…and countless books in libraries and bookstores showing photographs of representatives of nearly every life-form on the planet…I do not see any animals or plants in mid-point transition…on their way to some future radically different rendition…part-way toward the creation of new phyla types…for example.

Instead, I see all animals and plants…without exception…complete and already perfected in terms of their architectural body-plans and lifestyle habits…which cannot be the case if macroevolution is true.

If macroevolution is true…in 2020…there is no reason for the life-forms on earth to have stopped evolving at this present point in time.  Chaotic change should be apparent everywhere we look in the natural living world…with radical new types popping-up through variant traits being chosen by natural selection…constantly pushing outward and expanding the boundary-lines of the varied ecological systems around the globe.

I do not accept the premise that life is a material thing that can come into being by the chance mixture of the precise combination of organic micro-molecules…that simply fall into place on their own to produce the extremely complex first living organisms of single-cell bacteria…possessing essentially the same DNA informational complexity that supports life today.

I do not think that life can be reduced to a materialistic causation…to be the product of an accidental, random-chance origin through a trial-and-error process.

I do not accept the idea that the precise locational placement of the hundreds of trillions of varied cell types…bone, muscles, tendons, skin, hair, blood veins, internal organs, a long front trunk and two large tusks…in the body-plan of a 23,000-pound African elephant…can initially self-assemble and then maintain its unique essence through new cell replacements throughout its long lifetime…without intelligent design to set-up and manage this process.

I do not think that the varied lifestyle habits of the lion, leopard, and cheetah…have a materialistic causation…that these lifestyle-habits tied to well-defined architectural body-plans…simply fell into place as a response in the reactive-mode to the varied survival opportunities available on the African savanna plains.

Today we do not see lions, leopards, and cheetahs putting-out variant traits that would fill-in the lifestyle habit gaps between these three big cats…producing lions and leopards that could run almost as fast as cheetahs…and cheetahs that are nearly as large in size and as strong as lions…hunting together in coordinated group-attacks to be able to take-down large prey like zebras and wildebeest…in groups of four or five cheetahs…like lions.

In Africa today…we do not see any of these three big cats putting-out new and innovative variant traits that fall outside of the standard list of talents and abilities exhibited by these fully developed, well-defined, and functionally brilliant predators.

In fact…we do not see any of the large mammals of the African savanna plains putting-out variant traits to be chosen by natural selection…that even minimally deviate from the standard and recognized essence that defines each type.

I think that the extraordinary phenomenon of the coordinated growth from adolescence to mature adulthood…with all parts of the human body growing in unison together as a whole-unit…requires an informational instructions package of inconceivably complex coordination that entails not only the commands to each living cell of where to locate and what to do…but also the communication network that integrates the growth of the entire body as one-unit…slowly and directionally over time toward a predetermined and scripted end-point…with a precisely orchestrated pace that is mind-boggling…yet that we take totally for granted as a result of being commonplace.

The simple arguments presented here…along with dozens more presented by other Christians in their books…are to me…objectively compelling for the inclusion of design in a worldview that utilizes the concept of the orderliness and intelligibility of the natural world…intelligible to human beings alone.

But these few simple arguments of mine are not themselves nuts-and-bolts evidences…are not objective empirical facts in favor of design…but are instead conclusions inferred from the objective empirical facts.

This should give everyone pause…who are interested in the creation/evolution debate.

And in my opinion…everyone should be interested in the creation/evolution debate…because of the singular privilege of the uniquely gifted capacity…for the orderliness and intelligibility of the exquisitely beautiful and wonderfully complex natural world being exclusively intelligible to humans…to humans alone…an innate ability that itself argues for a gifted rather than an acquired origin…above and outside of the ability of Mother Nature to produce…through a blind, accidental, and random-chance process.

Chaos is not What We Observe in the Natural World 2

Some people will object here that mass-production assembly-line bugs are not the same as accidental genetic mutations.

But is this objection valid?

Trial-runs on the assembly-line to expose problems in the assembly process that are hidden…and “accidental” genetic mutations that could coalesce to produce variant traits in plants and animals…having either positive or negative features…are two phenomenon that are precisely the same in the area of being random, difficult to foresee and anticipate ahead of time, and needing the clarity of actual existence in order to be exposed.

The operation of natural selection in-the-wild for plants and animals…post-birth…is the trial-run debugging in the living world.

But the main point here is that Darwinian macroevolution is postulating that the existence of accidental genetic mutations in the natural living world is a positive source for massively creative new biological features…as the explanation for the origin of species and the diversity of living organisms…while in the reality of human experience as prolific intelligent designers of all sorts of things…the hidden presence of “bugs” is an extremely negative source of chaos and has zero creative value on the mass-production assembly-line…or in writing computer software language code…for examples.

Observation and commonsense tell us that living animals and plants are functionally way more complex than human manufactured products…yet animals and plants are completely debugged and not at all chaotic works-in-progress that exhibit problems needing to be solved in their essential architectural body-plans or accompanying lifestyle habits.

The microevolution that Darwin observed in the finch birds on the Galapagos Islands…if extrapolated both backwards and forwards within common descent…cements the concept of steady and directional change leading to the vast diversity of life we observe today…as being the product of change analogous to the daily workplace routine of “putting-out fires”…of problem-solving after-the-fact in the reactive mode…that does not match or resemble the operations in the natural living world that parallel almost exactly the complete and finalized, intelligently designed and debugged, smooth-running efficiency of the mass-production assembly-line.

This contrasted dichotomy is what renders macroevolution to be factually unscientific.

Assuming a Positive Outcome is Naïve

The analogous explanation that complex things can fall into place on their own through small incremental steps…proposed in Richard Dawkin’s book Mount Improbable…accepting for argument’s sake that a mountain with a steeply unclimbable front face has a gradually inclined back-slope that can easily be ascended one step at a time to reach the otherwise unreachable summit…naively assumes that the stair steps going up the gradual backside of the mountain by way of random-chance generated small incremental advancements…would go up the mountain…rather than going sideways or down the mountain.

This is a leap-of-faith optimism that assumes in the worldview of naturalistic materialism that the macro-radical change…needed to support Darwinian biology…would self-orchestrate its overall trajectory in a positive direction.

What entitles us…in our experiential reality as humans and in our observation of the natural world…to assume that blind, mindless, and indifferent natural selection will go in a positive direction?

What entitles us to assume that life will spring out of non-living matter…through an unguided, random, trial-and-error process of dumb-luck…that goes by sheer chance in a positive direction?

What justifies the assumption that naturalistic materialism would ever create life from non-living matter…and set in motion the progression of ever-improving life-forms in a positive direction through the paradigm of common descent?

The assumption that the finches on the Galapagos Islands could reach the extraordinarily mature functionality…and adaptability…observed by Darwin in the early 1830’s…by extrapolating in reverse the variant traits put-out by these finches that were correctly chosen by natural selection to adapt to the varied ecological environments of these 13 islands…to then construct an entire encompassing program of common descent…is based on the naïve starting assumption that the assembly of complex things must go in the direction of positive outcomes.

This is similar to the innocent naiveté of the internet programmers for Facebook not anticipating the need to include defenses against nefarious actors misusing the “app” for evil and destructive purposes.

The idea that the incremental steps on the gradually sloping backside of Mount Improbable will through self-guidance or self-assembly naturally proceed in an upward direction to reach the summit…in my opinion…has to be a disqualifying objection…that macroevolution does not square-up with reality…not for the automobile assembly-line…not for computer software language code…not for new housing construction projects…and not for the architectural body-plans and lifestyle habits of African elephants containing hundreds of trillions of discrete living cells.

Scarcity of resources combined with survival-of-the-fittest is not a plausible explanation for the motivating force that will push self-assemblage in a positive direction…to create the vast diversity of life and the functional maturity of living organisms.

But this is a subtlety that is not easy to divide…not easy to parse.

Observing the sediment build-up at the base of river deltas…confirming Charles Lyell’s proposition for an age of the Earth much longer ago than the incorrect human interpretation of Genesis in the Bible to begin around 4,004 before Christ…is immediately verifiable once we see it.

The wording in the Bible remains precisely correct…but the biblical interpretation by Bishop Ussher is recognized as being wrong.

The Earth orbiting around the sun is totally understandable once we grasp that the Earth spins one revolution every 24 hours…that gravity holds us pinned to the Earth’s surface…and that our atmosphere of air, moisture, and clouds rotates with the Earth’s surface at a speed slightly in excess of 1,000 miles per hour…as we ourselves do.

But macroevolution is not at all obvious.  If anything, macroevolution is observationally non-existent.

This is one reason why Darwin’s proposal in 1859 comes as late as it does in the Scientific Revolution.

The more rational viewpoint that matches reality…if we are going to install a blind and mindless Mother Nature as the engineering designer sitting at the drafting table…is that life should never have occurred 3.8 billion years ago on Earth…through an unimaginably complex self-assembly as hypothesized through the atheism of naturalistic materialism.

The entire philosophical construction of combining the dumb-luck of chance with complex things falling into place on their own…in a positive direction…is a nonsensically incompatible dichotomy…of the naïve optimism…that self-direction of complex systems will go in an unguided positive direction.

This is one of the erroneous basic assumptions built into the extrapolation of micro evolution to macro evolution…that defines the motive force…the guts…of Darwin’s revolutionary hypothesis introduced in 1859 in his book The Origin of Species.

Chaos is not What We Observe in the Natural World 1

The first Model-T automobile mass-production assembly-line superimposed an elevated organization and order to a system…that left on its own without guidance…would not sink into a deteriorated state of chaos as if it started-out at a naturally high level of efficiently self-organized function and then dropped-down a level or two if unmanaged…but began at the outset as a new system of manufacturing assembly that needed the thought-filled, upfront attention of initial trial-run debugging…a new reality universally recognized and acknowledged today by mechanical engineers, robotics engineers, project managers, assembly-line workers, and the general public…now put into practice across-the-board for the manufacture of large numbers of identical products from new automobiles to laptop computers.

Computer software language code demands flawless organization and debugged perfection…or the intended software application will be dysfunctional and unusable.

The hundreds of trillions of different cell types in the African elephant are all organized…they function as a whole-unit in a coordinated way…to produce a lifestyle-habit that can survive and reproduce in the predator-rich environment of the African savanna plains.

The strict and limiting taskmaster of price-tag affordability for the first Model-T automobiles coming off the assembly-line…enabled them to successfully fit within a growing American consumer economy…an affordability not based upon serendipitous, accidental, trial-and-error luck…but instead the most targeted and focused, trial-run debugging utilizing the best of human ingenuity and design…aimed at achieving economy through error-free function.

Darwinian macroevolution…in contrast…is built atop a faulty foundation.  It theoretically extrapolates a highly organized, ecologically targeted, and thoughtfully smooth-running micro evolution…into macro evolution…macroevolution that is a fictional construction based upon a measured output of chaotic change…which is an illogical fallacy and a contradiction in terms…if the sole source of this measured chaotic change is blind and mindless…having open-ended boundaries and unlimited borders with the freedom to go in all directions.

Supposed random-chance genetic mutations are defined as being accidental in Darwinian macroevolution…the supply-source for the radically dynamic change that is theorized to produce the origin of species and the vast diversity of life.

This hypothetical mechanism churns-out enough chaos as the fuel for biological macro-change…yet the observed reality in the natural world is the direct opposite of the chaotic freedom of trial-and-error randomness.

Chaos and dysfunction are the counter-productive elements the automobile mass-production assembly-line is trying to get away from.

Chaos avoidance is what the entire notion of proactive, preventive debugging…while the project is still on paper…”pencil erasers being cheaper than concrete erasers”…is supposed to be doing before the actual housing construction starts…with the aim to minimize the negative impact of “putting-out fires” as a daily routine of continual problem-solving during the course of the construction.

Picking-up our cross to follow Jesus Christ into our individually created destines through a God-composed journey of faith life-script…is one of the most highly coordinated and specified things in all of human experience…in terms of well-defined trajectories aimed at purpose-filled end-points.

The accidental, random-chance serendipity of Darwinian macroevolution based upon the atheism of naturalistic materialism…extols and puts-forward the blind, mindless, unguided, indifferent, accidentally generated trial-and-error mutations…assembly-line bugs…as the functional pathway to producing macro-radical change in living organisms.

But adopting Darwinian macroevolution is a recipe for being unscientific…because the measured output of chaos through random-chance luck to produce macro-radical biological change…is the opposite of what we observe in the highly specified functionality in the natural world…is the opposite of the error-free assembly we aim for on the new housing construction jobsite…is the opposite of what we see on the intelligently designed and fully debugged, smooth-running mass-production assembly-line.

Chaos transitioning sharply toward function is not what we see in the completely coordinated, lifestyle habit performance of the hundreds of trillions of living cells that comprise the African elephant…an extremely complex living organism that appears to be near-perfectly debugged.

The scientific research conducted by biologists and paleontologists…who are Darwinists…is anything but chaotic, disorganized, or randomly serendipitous.  Valid scientific research…conducted by humans…matches the orderliness and intelligibility in the phenomenon of the natural world…that we endeavor to study,

Yet the Darwinian hypothesis…inconsistent with the overall phenomenon observed in the natural world…requires a large dose of injected random-chance accidents in order to function as a viable theory.  Without accidental genetic mutations putting-out variant traits that are chosen by natural selection…there is no Darwinian macroevolution.

But the measured output of chaos intentionally and deliberately generated by a mechanism of unguided, random-chance accidents…indeterminate and not well-defined in terms of trajectory aimed towards definite end-point outcomes…is the diametric opposite of the established, matured, and completed phenomenon we scientifically study in the natural world…across-the-board in the wide range and number of scientific disciplines in operation since the start of the modern Scientific Revolution.

Putting-out Fires

Argued from a different direction…anticipation, foresight, proactive prevention, and trial-run debugging…these are all aimed at eliminating or reducing in the workplace the debilitating and energy-depleting daily routine of “putting-out fires”…of problem-solving that could have been prevented ahead-of-time.

Human intelligently designed assembly of complex things has as one of its aims eliminating “fire-fighting” down to zero.

But Darwinian macroevolution…theorized to be the manufacturer of all living things…has as it central energizing feature the steady production of “fires” in the form of accidental genetic mutations…that are then chosen by natural selection to produce improved organisms able to adapt, survive, and reproduce.

Accidental genetic mutations are the only choice for an atheistic worldview of naturalistic materialism…first because materialism does not allow for intelligence to participate in the process…and second that we already observe the occurrence of variant traits being put-out naturally in plants and animals.

But are the genetic variant traits put-out by plants and animals in the wild…entirely accidental…and are they macro in nature and quality?

A truly random and unguided materialistic mechanism would have no control…no fire-breaks…over fires of accidental genetic mutations putting-out variant traits…that were small, medium, or large-sized fires raging out-of-control throughout populations of species of living plants, animals, and microbes…somehow by dumb-luck proportioned in just the right number and perfect extent of severity to fall into place…over eons of time…to create the inconceivably coordinated and interconnected system of common descent.

If the range and severity of “fires” are somehow moderated by a blind and mindless process of “putting-out fires” in the freely random and open-ended borders of accidental genetic mutations…then we should observe in the natural world the differentiated ongoing chaos of small, medium, and massive fires of biological change…raging out-of-control in some cases…in the form of macro-radical variant traits being put-out by animals and plants to be chosen by the natural selection of beneficial features…in an always positive, moving-forward direction….as the normal accepted reality.

What we actually observe in the natural world are small isolated camp-fires…like Darwin’s finches on the Galapagos Islands.

To use again the analogy to new automobiles…these small camp-fires of variant traits utilized for adaptation to different ecological environments…are like the options that car buyers can pre-select as choices when purchasing a new car…or like optional amenities buyers of new houses under construction are given the option to select.

But these examples of options when buying a new car or a new house…are not the chaotic fires of macro-radical change that have open-ended and unlimited borders of available options to choose from…which must be the case for Darwinian macroevolution…if a truly blind and mindless process is at work and in-play.

This is one of the theoretical dead-ends of Darwinian macroevolution…when carried-out its logical conclusion.

For the very thing that everyone is working so hard to avoid at all costs in the manufacturing of products…namely ”bugs”…in Darwinism termed accidental mutations…to be the supply-source for the working hypothesis of a purely materialistic program producing the origin of species and the vast diversity of life…in my opinion…is nonsensical.

Debugging Before, During, and After Completed Assembly 2

The missing requirement of intelligently guided debugging and proactive problem-solving during the embryonic development phase of living organisms…during the assembly process…however that might theoretically occur through a purely materialistic mechanism…leaves a gaping hole in the theory that is logically unfixable unless we add this ingredient of foresight…of a seemingly thoughtful program starting at cell division that guides the development of a particular life-form to a definitive end-point…lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, or human being.

Darwinism theoretically relies upon genetic accidents to fuel variant traits for macroevolution to exploit…yet at the same time assumes the complete absence of an intelligently programmed and guided debugging process during the embryonic development phase …that would produce viable life-forms having enough minimum quality to functionally survive…in the wild.

This fine-tuned balance of just the right supply and type of variant traits…under Darwinism…is chalked-up to mindless and unguided, accidental, naturalistic random-chance.

Darwinian macroevolution ignores the engineering design concept of constrained optimization…the compromise between multiple competing objectives to reach the optimum outcome…that assumes as an irreplaceable factor the complete debugging of the assembly process as a given…to achieve near-perfect function…to achieve optimization.

Quality-control debugging requires exercising…in-the-moment…discretionary structural analysis and preventive correctional solutions as the embryonic cells divide and expand outward to their eventual body-plan locations in the growing life-form…to pre-determined xyz-coordinate points to produce eventual function in terms of survival and reproduction.

But the philosophy of naturalistic materialism will not allow us to entertain any component of thoughtful foresight and guidance…when the prime-mover in the construction and placement of living cells in a living organism…is hypothesized to be nature itself…Mother Nature defined as being a blind, mindless, and unthinking entity.

Naturalistic materialism has to paint…has to define…natural selection as being blind, mindless, unguided, totally indifferent, and a purely trial-and-error, random-chance operation…in accepting and utilizing the beneficial genetic mistakes producing functional survival and reproductive advantages…in order for the study of the biology of life to stay within the boundary lines of being observable, measurable, and quantifiable…to be amenable and accessible to human scientific investigation.

But an explanation for the initial origin…the starting functional correctness of the information content in DNA…prior to birth and therefore prior to post-production performance auditing…is an explanation that is also needed for the origin and precise correctness of the instructional information that tells each new cell where to go and what to do in the dividing and expanding human fetus…during embryonic development.

Darwinian macroevolution needs to explain if and how quality-assurance debugging occurs during the assembly process of living organisms…yet natural selection is incapable by definition of accomplishing this…is eliminated as a participating candidate…because natural selection cannot operate during the embryonic phase while the growing organism is in progressive development.

The question of the thoughtful component of the origin and precise correctness of the information content persists…even after we have exhausted and satisfied our materialistic understanding of how DNA works…because the technical, empirically scientific aspects of how DNA and the embryological development instructions work…do not answer the fundamental questions of where they initially came from and how they came into being…and the precise, uncanny correctness of their operation.

The mass-production assembly-line at the microbiological dimensions of living organisms is light-years in complexity, specificity, and coherent integration beyond anything human beings have intelligently designed for the manufacturing of identical repetitive products.

The absence of a plausible, current explanation for the apparent non-existence of thoughtful, managerial oversight of the blueprint of information…providing bug-free, flawless assembly…that directs and controls the telling of newly dividing cells where to go and what function to perform during the critically formative time-period from the initial fertilization of the egg…through cell division…to the completed, viable organism…similar in quality to the information in DNA that constructs proteins…in my opinion…is an omission that currently invalidates the entire macroevolutionary theory...and that even after full discovery of its operation…points toward intelligent design..

Debugging Before, During, and After Completed Assembly 1

Even though the mechanical and robotics engineers, production assembly-line experts, and project engineers may have designed several automobile assembly-lines in the past…new innovations in the automobile change the new assembly-line.

Such things as power steering, anti-lock brakes, fuel injection, engines placed in the rear-end of the car, GPS screens built into the dashboard, hands-off backwards steering for parallel parking, Bluetooth© telephone systems, openable sun-roofs, hybrid gas and electric fueling, and a number of other innovations…add new things to be analyzed in terms of the debugging of the assembly-line.

Genetic mutations in living plants and animals…defined as random accidental mistakes being put-out as variant traits to be chosen or rejected by natural selection…choices based upon their value for survival or reproduction…that over time accumulate to create entirely new species that split-off and separate as illustrated on Darwin’s tree-of-life…is the hallmark, common ancestry feature of Darwinism…the essence of the theory of macroevolution.

Yet curiously, this hypothesis for the mechanism that could be one possible explanation for the vast diversity of life on earth…is going in the exact opposite direction of the essential debugging activity that must occur on the assembly-line…before the mass-production of any new product…new automobiles in our example above…can begin. 

Debugging of assembly-line issues that must be settled early…identified and resolved before mass-production can begin…has the intentional goal of achieving perfectly flawless and error-free manufacturing of fully functional and operative end-products.

This mass-production, real-world assembly-line imperative has a quality-assurance agenda that is totally at odds with the Darwinian notion…that it would be the otherwise normally unwanted “bugs” during the embryonic development assembly of living organisms…that would be the counterintuitive supply-source for the radical genetic variants needed to fuel major, macroevolutionary change…the theoretical explanation for the vast diversity of life and the origin of new species.

For an assembly-line to work properly as intended…without hitting this same nail on the head too many times…again the debugging phase must be completed before mass-production begins.

That is the whole purpose…the innovative genius…of assembly-line debugging…to get the thing running error-free and efficiently at the outset of mass-production.

The same intentional aim holds true for the upfront debugging of computer software-program language-code, and for the ahead-of-time text editing of a book to find and correct misspelled words.

The performance appraisal of the finished product…post-production…is an entirely different operation from the initial assembly-line trial-runs during the debugging phase…at the earlier time when the fine-tuning of the assembly-line itself is an advancing work-in-progress…intended to find the hidden “bugs” in the assembly process that must be identified and eliminated.

 

This is all leading to an important point.

By definition, the natural selection audit of choosing or rejecting variant traits for survival or reproduction…cannot start until after post-birth of the particular life-form…as the maturing life-form reaches adulthood.

Genetic mutations…producing variant traits to be chosen by natural selection…logically cannot occur during the embryonic development phase…because there is nothing far enough along in development for natural selection to definitively choose from.

Natural selection can only work…can only occur…in the post-production, performance appraisal phase…which in the living world starts at post-birth…and in many cases does not actually become definitive until the organism reaches adult maturity.

One of the inconsistencies in the theory of Darwinian macroevolution…as a purely blind, unguided, naturalistic explanation for the origin of species and the vast diversity of life on earth…which after giving it some thought becomes apparent to someone like myself who has several books written and published on avoiding problems and mistakes during the assembly process of new housing construction…is that within the explanatory storyline of Darwinian macroevolution, there is a materialistic omission of any consideration for the necessary ingredient of debugging foresight.

This is not an objection that can be lightly brushed aside on a shelf…while we work-out the fine details of macroevolution.

This is a fundamental issue that if unexplainable by either a lack of empirical evidence…or by the lack of a plausibly rational interim hypothesis that is not so generalized as to be evasive and non-responsive to the question…acting as a mere placeholder…then macroevolution remains a theoretical hypothesis without scientific fact-based status.

One Christian’s View of Science

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.                                      (Psalm 19:1-2)

The present-day contention that rational truth is confined exclusively to the realm of natural causes…explained only by scientific investigation…thereby leading to the conclusion that the philosophy of naturalism is the one and only acceptable way of viewing reality, is  brilliantly subtle but entirely vacuous.

The Spirit-born Christian scientist…using the purest scientific methodology…can investigate a particular area of natural phenomenon and discover entirely naturalistic causations, while privately giving his or her Intelligent Designer God the credit for His ingenuity and craftsmanship, without ever leaving their fidelity to empirical facts or setting aside their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The atheist scientist, on the opposite extreme, can use the same techniques to investigate the same phenomenon, and discover the exact same naturalistic causations…yet interpret their new findings as an increase in our knowledge of the natural world…thereby creating a corresponding reduction in the need for God’s existence and agency in the affairs of nature and mankind.

Yet the raw, empirical information content about heat, or the behavior of gases, or the properties of water, or of mass, momentum, and energy, of mountain building through plate tectonics, the internal composition of stars, the behavior of atomic particles, or the complexity found within DNA…discovered through careful scientific investigation…are the same.

The vast difference in the interpretation of the facts at the broad, worldview level are not based upon what the empirical scientific evidence itself is saying independently, because the information in its purest form remains neutrally silent regarding philosophy.

The observable, measurable, quantifiable facts of natural phenomenon amenable to us in the physical sciences…are open to interpretation and can be selectively placed in more than one optional, exclusivistic, worldview.

For the atheist scientist, especially since the 1859 publication of Darwin’s The Origin of Species, the steady and rapid advance in our knowledge of the natural world has morphed into an irrational zero-sum game…as if each new understanding of some physical phenomenon in nature equates to further liberation from the influence of a supernatural Creator God.

But the Spirit-born, Christian scientist exploring nature through scientific investigation is not looking for reasons to push God away, but instead sees the complex, integrated information and the precise craftsmanship that went into each newly understood phenomenon of nature…and glorifies God for its designed naturalistic function, the orderliness and intelligibility underlying nature, and our mental capacity to be able to unravel these mysteries in succession one at a time.

The secularly biased notion that science only looks for naturalistic explanations for physical phenomenon in the natural world is actually now inadequate and over-simplistic by about three decades.

            Information has now been recognized and added to the short list…of matter and energy…as the major components amenable to study in our quest to understand ultimate reality, purpose, and meaning in the universe.

Information, like gravity, is an important component that currently falls outside the domain of the unifying “theory of everything” being sought-after in the field of physics.

The classic example given to describe the fundamental distance between information and physical matter is the analogy to the front page of any major daily newspaper.  The physics and chemistry of “how” ink bonds to paper does not explain…because it cannot explain from the realm of the physical sciences…the “why” component of the individual daily arrangement of the ink to produce intelligible information expressed, in the case of the New York Times, in the English language.

The ink does not arrange itself…does not self-assemble…into intelligible English letters conveying information.  Human intelligent design is the causation of this meaningful communication of information.

The information given on the front page of the newspaper can therefore be said to transcend above the basic physics and chemistry explanation at the mechanical level of ink bonding to paper.

Similarly, the complex and highly specified information given in human designed computer software programs transcends above, and cannot be reduced down to or explained by, the basic mechanics of the ones and zeroes of computer binary language code as the cause for its intelligently designed function.

This same quality of coherently integrated, highly specified information can now be seen, studied, and analyzed…in terms of its source of origin and its relationship to the micro-molecule DNA…in the body-plan lifestyle habits of hundreds of billions of distinct plants, trees, bacteria, fungi, insects, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals in the living world.

In this brief section on the validity of pronouncements made about science as being the only reliable tool to define the rational boundary-lines around truth and knowledge, the curious thing about this contention…coming from the field of logic…is that it deconstructs itself…that it does not stand-up under the weight of its own requirements.

The statement that science alone can produce truth does not itself derive from empirical scientific investigation.

The statement does not therefore meet its own internal test for veracity.  “Science alone produces truth” is an opinion about science…not an axiom derived through science.  The statement is rendered invalid for truth content…by virtue of not meeting the high standard imposed by the statement itself…of not being scientifically derived.