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Knowledge and Intelligence

  • Knowledge grows, while Intelligence not so much if at all
  • Human Intelligence is limited and not growing over one’s life
  • Higher Intelligence through cooperation, AI/machines, chemistry/genetics, etc. is unlikely to succeed
  • Intelligence is reset with every dying generation and limited by the body’s physical characteristics
  • Mankind’s average Intelligence can/should be optimized; Peak Intelligence cannot fully comprehend the Universe.

Philosophy, Religion, and Science

  • Humans acquire knowledge through Philosophy, Religion, and Science (i.e. Scientific Method)
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Science are combinations of Beliefs, Reason, and Observations; however…
  • There is no “Reason” but billions of individual Reasons, each built from individual Observations and Beliefs
  • As combinations of Belief and Observable, Science and Religion are not in conflict…
  • Instead, individual Beliefs are in conflict with those of other individuals
  • Science is never settled and indeed subjective because it incorporates personal Beliefs
  • Belief will never be obsolete because the Observable will never cover the whole Knowledge Map
  • The Observable is a validator of our Beliefs and individuals always do their best to reconcile the two

Tools of Knowledge

  • “Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth” – Archimedes. Does Human Knowledge have “a place to stand on”?
  • Mathematics (including logic and statistics), scientific laws, laws of the living, etc. are the Tools of Knowledge
  • The Tools of Knowledge were given to us without a full instruction manual or the power to change them
  • It’s an act of faith to assume the Tools of Knowledge are universal based on limited observations
  • We don’t know the origin of the Tools, but can infer an organized, intelligent, and powerful source

Evolution is Creation

  • Unlike Genetics, Evolution Theory has no practical value; the two were completely unrelated until Dobzhansky’s forced “synthesis” of the two in 1937
  • Evolution fails all tests for scientific hypothesis: not Observed; not Replicated; not Falsifiable; no Predictive power; does not Illuminate other areas of science
  • Evolution is overrepresented in culture solely as a religious argument
  • Natural Laws were never in conflict with Creation before Darwin
  • Evolution Theory is based on poorly constructed key arguments (just to deny Intelligent Design):
  1. “Natura non facit saltum” (gradualism) – argument is illogic and contrary to molecular/atomic physics as well as contrary to sexual reproduction
  2. Randomness” is unknowable and “Random creates” has never been demonstrated
  3. “Natural” in natural selection – everything is natural; this religious argument does not comply with the scientific method, is unsupported, and beyond the competence of claimants
  4. “Unguided and Purposeless” – argument is illogical and, since selection is guided and purposeful, the outcome must be as well guided and purposeful
  5. Selection and Survival are one and the same – the selected survive and the surviving have been selected
  6. “Fit” as in “survival of the fittest” cannot be measured except as “survival” (circular logic)
  7. “Four or five”…or LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor) makes no sense because in a generic “primordial soup” scenario if one happens, then many happen …unless said soup is magical(?)
  8. There are no examples whatsoever of “Arising” as in “Arising of Everything” and “Life vs. Entropy
  9. “Benefit” and “optimization” – there’s nothing wrong with these anthropic concepts, but they are utterly incompatible with the mechanistic universe envisioned by Darwin and his followers
  • A compatible Origin scenario for the “Origin of Species” is purely speculative as of today
  • Living organisms follow specific laws that have no equivalent in the nonliving universe
  • Organisms change permanently, so Evolution cannot be measured
  • Specie and Speciation are concepts abandoned by even some of the most ardent supporters of the theory
  • Evolution does not meet the high burden of proof for a Belief to end all competing Beliefs
  • Evolution can be a mechanism of Creation as in the Evolution/Creation of the automobile

Best Religion

  • We all have Beliefs, and we rank them superior to those of others
  • Like small children that lack deep understanding, we quarrel over the “best” Belief
  • At times, parents do not correct their children to accommodate their naivety, and to let them grow independently
  • As children of God (the Universe), let us do our best without worrying about who is right, as none of us is

Atheism is Religion

  • Like all religions, Atheism has a strong Belief System, transcending the Observable
  • Atheism has idols, dogma, prophets, priests, “temples of science”, rituals, martyrs, and proselytism
  • Denying ‘Atheism is a Religion’ is a specific practice that helps merge Atheism with the “secular” state to the detriment of other Religions
  • Atheists suffer the illusion of control (“masters of our own destiny”) fostered by stable modern societies
  • The Atheistic Promised Land is an unattainable full knowledge of the Universe that makes Belief obsolete
  • Atheism ignores Belief while assuming only Observation and Reason (divorced from Belief) as critical to Knowledge

Random Abuse

  • Randomness cannot be positively identified from outcomes
  • “Random” Mutations (as in Evolution) cannot be proven; and in any case, Randomness is canceled by the ensuing Selection process
  • “Random” Mutations together with “Unguided Natural Selection” are supposed to make the Creator redundant
  • The Infinite Monkey Test not only fails to prove an “Unguided” Evolution, but utterly misses the non-random meaning of masterpieces to mankind
  • Because our actions are Purposeful, the Universe itself is Purposeful, if it contains or not Random elements
  • Evolution would be meaningless in a Random Universe as would likely be all Natural Laws and everything else

Arising of everything

  • Arising (Universe, Life, Intelligence, Consciousness, Machines, etc.) is a pure assumption never supported by observations
  • “Spontaneous generation” is the only [failed!] theory of arising
  • Discontinuities have never been observed and cannot be duplicated or conceptualized properly
  • “Explanations” or “Arising” are meaningless and or easily countered
  • Natural Accumulations never cause untraceable Transformations. Only Catalysts explain and make experiments repeatable

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3 Comments

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