indsight being 20/20, we have the CEO of a multinational corporation making the BuyBull all science-like with another claim of nailing the underlying numerical code, and the Toronto Star yet again publishes credulous palaver as Insight.
The feel good Father’s Day story begins with:
You would think of engineering physicist Daniel Friedmann, 56, as the kind of guy who scoffs at biblical notions of creation. But the CEO of Canada’s leading aerospace company, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, doesn’t at all reject the “God made” and “God created” versions of how the universe came to be.
There’s nothing that precludes someone being in one of the fields of science and a devout godbotherer. This isn’t uncommon and given the greater percentage of the population who grovel to YahwehGodAllah, not to be unexpected. Notice all the front-loaded authority: physics, engineering, letters and a CEO!
The Perimeter of Ignorance is vast in this one as he describes his interpretation as “unique” “science” and “religion” while trying “very hard… not to push my point of view”.
Then, why all the books? Well, I imagine they sell well. As Friedmann says, “The vast majority of the population is in their minds in some way reconciling evolution and creation.” According to the polls, says the author. According to Gallup it would seem the vast majority of Americans, at least, have indeed reconciled this apparent conundrum:
As the graphic shows, unsurprisingly, Goddidit and it has been fairly consistent for some time.
By a factor a wee better than 5-1. Which the man of letters explains as “the general population is actually quite in the middle on this issue”.
What is this new insight into the numerical reconciliation of rationality and reason with the cobbling of Bronze Age myths into an Iron Age apocalyptic death cult primer? An insight BTW, with concepts that will “make the Old Testament make sense, even for those of littlest faith” and are not made “up from science, or from what I know today” and pushed “back on the Bible.”
The age of our universe divided by the six days of creation reveals the scale of 2.56 billion years per day and it all fits the sciencey timeline. An important man of letter says so.
The timeline of our universe the man suggests, which he says is quite accurate but does not represent his point of view, is 2.56B years X 6 days for an age of 15.36 billion years – without scaling in the seventh day
Here is an oft made claim by religionauts:
“Yes, with three exceptions. Only three and those three things correspond with, match with, the three unanswered questions within science today.
The most famous one is the beginning. If you look at the Big Bang theory, it explains absolutely everything from the beginning until today very nicely but it has no idea how the beginning came about.
That’s right, The Big Bang doesn’t explain that, neither does doG anymore, so maybe the answer is, I don’t know.
The next most famous one is what the Bible calls the human soul. The Bible says the bodies of humans were made just like the bodies of animals. In some cases science recognizes the soul, in some cases it says there is no soul, we’re just super-intelligent. The key thing is, what does a soul bring to a human that it doesn’t bring to anyone else? The ability to speak and the ability to envision the future.
We’re the only species according to science that can do that. That leads to painting and art and things that in an evolutionary context are completely useless. The Bible tells us that these behaviours come from the soul, the divine soul, from the outside. Science agrees that these behaviours are completely unique to humans but they don’t have an explanation for where they come from.
Speech and planning ahead are the result of vocal chords and imagination, aren’t they? Aren’t all these things partly responsible for “painting and art and things”, like music? Ask any musician why they got into music and a large number will say “chicks”. Evolutionary useless? I don’t think Picasso, Dali or even wee Toulouse had problems getting laid.
The third thing is the appearance of sea creatures during what science calls the Cambrian explosion. What happened then came out outside of the scientific natural process. God interfered and did something miraculous.
Why did the Cambrian explosion happen when it did, and why was it such a unique event?
While there is no current consensus among scientists, most researchers agree the explosion cannot be ascribed to a single, simple causal mechanism.
The potential triggers can be classified in three main categories: environmental, genetic, and ecological. Deciphering the impact of each of these factors remains one of the most important challenges faced by palaeontologists today.
So, scientists have some leads, but nothing solid yet. Apparently, Mr. Friedmann has no patience for he knows with divine certainty what the answer is.
UPDATE – WEIT has a post up discussing What caused the Cambrian explosion?
Those are the only three times that something was happening that was not just cause and effect within the normal laws of nature.
Are you a religious man yourself?
Yes, getting more and more. I have become more observant in recent years. We’ve gone kosher. That’s the key one. The other key one is the Sabbath of course. I do try to keep it. So yes. Because of all my research.”
How original, an avowed faithiest comes to a conclusion involving Gawd, rather than humbly admitting the answer eludes us.
I wonder if this guy was involved in the failed mission to Mars where sloppy math lead to the probe frying in the atmosphere. After all, 5 to 1 is half and 2.56 X 6 is 14 or so.
Here, thanks to Wil Wheaton, is Daniel Friedmann’s unique cosmoillogical model of our universe: