Posted by richard on May 9th, 2012
using genetics to solve brick walls
i think you guys are right, there are here two competing fundamentally different group epistemologies. one, science, strives to be changing, trying for greater conformity with what people can see of the world. the other tries for stability, seeing it’s conformity with an ancient text as the root of it’s knowledge. as each looks at the other it criticizes based on it’s own approach.
so we see AiG and KH’s FB comments decry the ever changing nature of science as a REALLY BAD THING, completely oblivious of how their theology has evolved to get to them, because they think in terms of stability and consistency with the past. evolving is a bad thing.
http://biologos.org/blog/series/godawa-cosmic-geography need to read later. book due today.
I am becoming more and more convinced that the vast majority of scientists value what one could call transcendent realities. I’m not talking about ‘religion’, which for some has negative connotations*. By ‘transcendent’ I mean experiences and ideals that are consonant with but go beyond scientific evidence: that feeling of pure joy when you find yourself discovering something for the first time; delight in the beauty of nature or scientific data; the standards we set for ourselves; or the importance we place on certain relationships.
Life and Scripture surprisingly parallel, both are bricolage.
I’ve been thinking awhile now due to threads here about Easter Eggs.
Those software secret pop ups that are hidden, just waiting for a click or other action to disclose.
bricolage is one of those fascinating words that capture the essence of something, in this case the rube goldberg, must use that is available at hand in this creatures genome.
Scripture is like that in several ways. It is part of the cultural scene of it’s times, it doesn’t have easter eggs, which would be the obvious way for any intelligent designer to write so that future generations would be very confident it came from a superior being. It would have been simple put easter eggs in Scripture so that when mankind got to that stage, it would pop out. Say, nuclear energy, or phasars.
Life could have been designed with easter eggs as well. my favorite example is what if God had made the human 3 codon transfer rna to amino acid coding table unique. With no other creature sharing it, everyone would be a creationist for human beings. No questions could be entertained, humanity must have been uniquely created. Or even better for YECists, each kind would have this extraordinary kind barrier, it’s own codon table.
easter eggs in the Bible, secret messages in life, did the intelligent designer miss an opportunity to prove his existence?