Did you know that both Atheism and Christianity have a concept of predestination?
Isn’t that funny? Actually Atheism and Christianity are two extremes of the same religious continuum. That’s another post however. Back to atheist predestination.
Richard Dawkins says that life arising on earth was / is a sure thing. He even says that if the constants and qualities that govern the type of universe we inhabit had been different, then a different type of life would have arisen. So sure of this is Dawkins that he says, without any supporting evidence whatsoever, that life is even now evolving on a billion planets in our universe.
Because life arising by chance is not just improbable but impossible, all but the dullest of atheists have moved on to “necessity” as being the reason that we live in the world we observe. Atheists of course tried to do the same with the universe itself. Accepting that the odds of this life supporting universe arising by chance to be so small as to be impossible, some of the slower thinkers have said that this kind of universe HAD to exist. They say the universe is necessary. They say that this universe can’t not exist. Again, no evidence. Just another atheist origin of the universe mythology.
Note to self - Get back on track!
“A string of improbable events - drawing the same lottery number twice, or the same bridge hand twice in a row does not happen naturally. All of which lead me to conclude that life is an obligatory manifestation of matter.”
Christian De Duve, “The Beginning of Life on Earth” 437.
Richard Dawkins says that the inanimate and inorganic gases that “evolved” into a life creating process possess a life force, a vitalism if you will, that makes evolution, even before the origin of life, a sure thing.
Ah, such is the role of faith in atheist world.
As with chance playing a role in the rise of life, atheists are wrong on this count as well. Here’s why. Gorth is going to love this. As I write this, think DNA. Think information.
The reduction of uncertainty takes place with the transmission of information. The more improbable the event the more information that is conveyed.
Atheists who have placed their faith in the necessity or predestination of DNA claim that the sequence of bases in DNA were bio chemically predestined. However, this cannot be the case. That is because, “If forces of potential energy determined the arrangement of the bases, the code-like character of the molecule would be effaced by an overwhelming redundancy.”
Polanyi, “Life’s Irreducible Structure” 1309.
If every nucleotide base interacted with, and was attracted by “chemical necessity” we would find anything BUT specified complexity.
If every nucleotide base interacted with, and was attracted by “chemical necessity” what we would find along the axis of DNA is nothing but redundant and repetitive sequences - ACGT over and over and over again.
If every nucleotide base interacted with, and was attracted by “chemical necessity” rather than being a carrier of vast amounts of information DNA would be essentially meaningless. In fact, it would be unable to communicate a single bit of information. The effects of chemical necessity would do nothing but REDUCE the ability to transmit information or express novelty.
But that is not what we find when we observe DNA. In fact we observe exactly the opposite. It can be no other way.
“No information is generated by the occurrence of events for which there are no possible alternatives.”
Dretske, “Knowledge and the Flow of Information” 12
Are you getting this? Atheists who have placed their faith in the chemical predestination of life are in fact saying that they believe in the VERY THING that would make the evolution of life impossible.
Even if you’re an atheist, you’ve got to smile at the irony.
To the degree that chemical predestination exists, to that degree is the information carrying ability of the system reduced by redundancy. In fact it is for no other reason that DNA is NOT chemically predestined. It is only because it is NOT chemically predestined that the DNA molecule is able to store and transmit huge, huge unimaginably huge amounts of information.
“It is this physical indeterminacy of the sequence that produces the improbability of occurrence of any particular sequence and thereby enable it to have a meaning - a meaning that has a mathematically determinate information content equal to the numerical improbability of the arrangement.”
Yockey, “Self-Organization Origin of Life Scenarios.”
The fact is, the base sequences in DNA posses not only an information carrying ability, they also store functionally specified information. They aren’t just specified. They are also complex. It should be obvious, even to an atheist that a sequence can’t be both complex and specified if it isn’t at the very least - complex.
It is simply a fact that chemical forces, vitalism, predestined or otherwise do not create complex sequences. Because of that they CANNOT explain the origin of information that provides for the possibility of life. It can’t be done. Only intelligence produces intelligent complex information. Our experience is absolutely uniform on this count.
Desperate as they are to find a natural means for the creation of life, a means that excludes an Intelligent Designer, atheists will be tempted to say, “Well, that’s just a theory.”
Actually - No. It’s far, far more than just a theory.
Google yourself an image of a DNA molecule and you’ll find something interesting. Look carefully and you will see two very important points.
1. There are NO chemical bonds linking the nucleotide bases along the message bearing axis of the molecule.
U oh! That’s not good for the atheist faith. AND
2. The same kind of chemical bonds are responsible for linking the different nucleotide bases to the backbone of the molecule.
Those two points mean that any nucleotide base can hook up to the backbone at any one site just as easily as it can hook up to any other site. This shows that the properties of the chemical bases of DNA - DO NOT - determine the sequences of its base. Life is NOT chemically predetermined.
The information that brings life into being was not put there by natural means.
There are NO chemical bonds between the nucleotide bases along the axis in the centre of the helix. Why is that a problem for those who place their faith in the theory of chemically predestined life? Because it is exactly along THAT axis of the DNA molecule that genetic information is stored :-(
There aren’t ANY differential chemical bonding attractions. In fact there are NO bonds at all between critical information bearing bases in DNA.
Polanyi, “Life’s Irreducible Structure”
Bio chemical predestination, like Chance, is a bust when it comes to answering the question,
What is the origin of the information of life?