Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quote of the day: "At some point a particularly remarkable molecule was formed by accident."

Richard Dawkins giving a lecture based on his ...                                        Image via Wikipedia
At some point a particularly remarkable molecule was formed by accident. We will call it the Replicator. It may not have been the biggest or the most complex molecule around, but it had the extraordinary property of being able to create copies of itself. -- Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
Notice the words. Remarkable. Extraordinary. Accident. thud.

Question for Richard: How does he know this molecule he posits really formed? Mere speculation? Because naturalism is assumed, and a naturalistic explanation demands it?

Second Question for Richard: How does he know it was by accident? How can Richard know whether this molecule, if indeed it formed at all, formed by accident or by the wilful act of an Agent? Is stating that it was by accident actual science, philosophy, or just-plain wishful thinking?

Science, philosophy, speculation, just plain wishful thinking?

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well there Dickie old boy in the words of Robert A Heinlein, "Life is more than a bunch of amino acids bumping into each other".

Anonymous said...

Your blog is very interesting. I admire your steadfast defense of a God centered universe.

Myself, I'm undecided on the entire issue. I would love to accept the existance of God but I have many questions.

I'm not a fan of Dawkins, however.

He presents some valid points but his presentation is so full of mean spiritedness that it is difficult to listen to him.

Scientists are people too. They long for public recognition of their work. They long for fame and/or adulation.

When they can no longer get through brilliant scientific discovery alone they play to the less informed public and become "scientific personalities".

Stephen Hawking and David Suzuki are two well known examples that appear quickly in my mind.

Dawkins is another.

RkBall said...

Thank you for your kind words. I hope you will keep searching.

"I would love to accept the existance of God but I have many questions."

Please feel free to ask some.

RkBall said...

"Scientists are people too. They long for public recognition of their work. They long for fame and/or adulation."

This is a point that does not get emphasized enough. Thank you for making it.

Jpe said...

For those here are keeping score remember everything that exists and the form in which it exists is an accident. The universe, the galaxies, the solar system, the sun, the giant planets, the moon, the earth the ratio of land to water, the mixture of the atmosphere, the laws by which all matter interacts, the origin of life, the variations in form of life, all the systems and sub systems of living beings is an accident.

Or else Someone far Greater than all that we can sense or understand put it in place in a logical design.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"