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Monday
Oct152012

Multiverses to the Rescue!

"The science establishment today is firmly in the hands of people who embrace multiverse theory to avoid the idea that fine-tuning of the universe is real – even though they know it means the end of science".
--Denyse O'Leary

"Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."
--Dr. Richard Lewontin, evolutionary biologist/geneticist

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Today, more and more reputable scientists have… (I’m sure, reluctantly)… begun to admit that in a universe like ours, the possibility that life as we know it here on earth emerged “naturally” by chance over a period of a few billions of years is a statistical impossibility. The scientists tell us rather sheepishly that given the known laws of physics and the constants that govern the universe, there really hasn’t been enough time for such a thing to have happened. The data has been analyzed, and…well…(gulp!)… statistically the numbers just don’t add up. Not only that, they concede that it’s not even close. They have begun to realize and wrestle with the fact that there is no conceivable natural explanation for our existence here on earth. George Wald, research scientist and Nobel Prize winner, summed things up this way:

"When it comes to the origin of life on the earth, there are only two possibilities: creation and spontaneous generation. There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved one hundred years ago. But that leads us to only one other conclusion; that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds, therefore we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance."

[What to do….What to do !?]

In order to dodge the dreaded, supernatural “Creator-bullet”, many scientists today have apparently devised an ingenious philosophical strategy. Because they must stay true to “Lewontin’s Law” (ie., “…materialism is absolute…we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”), these scientists have, against all odds, bravely soldiered on by concocting various God-avoiding Infinite Universes Hypotheses. And after they do, they slap each other on the back and proudly declare their vain philosophical imaginings to be the latest and greatest, cutting-edge “science”.

Yes, in some cloistered quarters of the more elite scientific communities, the solution to the riddle of “How-did-life-on-earth-appear?” has simply been to dream up the existence of countless,… endless…, universes, universes like soap suds bubbling up from, well…who knows where exactly?! By doing so, what once was an absolutely untenable and unscientific position has, with one wave of the wand , magically and miraculously become a virtual matter of fact. Apparently, in a universe of unlimited ‘bubbled- up’ or strung-out universes, the sky’s the limit!… Statistics, logic, and common sense be damned! Anything that can be imagined… (and more!)… is inevitably and always true somewhere in the far reaches of accidental and purposeless “Multiversedom”. (You can ask Stephen Hawking.)

Magic Multiverses to the rescue! (The fine-sounding argument from the contemporary Wizards of Naturalism has taken root.)

In the current Magic Kingdom of Scientism, the boundary line between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland has been erased.

I suppose that if one pretends long and hard enough that somewhere “out there” universes without number exist, then life here on earth can …(ahem)… be logically accounted for and…(ahem)... scientifically explained: “With all those universes in existence…, hey!… we were just bound to be here!”

(And,… “Glory!” …as an extra-added bonus in the imagining process, the existence of “God”, The Intelligent Designer, can be conveniently dismissed and brushed aside like an unwanted and bothersome apparitional wisp….. Hallelujah!)

As mathematician and philosopher of science, John Lennox has said: “What all this goes to show is that nonsense remains nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists…Immense prestige and authority does not compensate for faulty logic.”

Nevertheless, this religion of the Mindless Magic Multiverses has been gaining traction these days. Its fantastic creation narrative (in the name of “science”) has been attracting oodles of willing fans and converts. The fields are white unto harvest. The Gospel preached by the High Priests of Scientism has extraordinary popular appeal these days. New life has been breathed into the ancient alchemical quest for the philosopher’s stone. Spiritual revival is in the air.…The Faith is catching on.

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Good! The sorcerer, my old master
Left me here alone today!
Now his spirits for a change,
My own wishes shall obey!
Having memorized
What to say and do
With powers of my will
I can do some witching, too!



Come on now, old broom, get dressed
These old rags will do just fine!
You’re a slave in any case,
And today you will be mine!
May you have two legs and a head on top,
Take the bucket, quick
Hurry, do not stop!
(excerpt from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, Goethe, 1797 )

 

 

“Multiverses to the Rescue!”
(Brooms ‘n’ Buckets, Come Alive!)

 

When we analyzed the figures,
We thought Chance and Time would do...
But we couldn’t fake the numbers,...
So, we dreamed up something new!

“Hmmm…”,(we pondered)…“Let’s pretend here...”
“Make believe…That’s better still!”
Multiverses!... That’s the answer!
Oh my, yes…That fits the bill!

We thought Chance ‘n’ Time could do it.
But the notion crashed and burned.
“Multiverses, to the rescue!”
My-oh-my! So much to learn!

Though we’ve never really seen one...
And we don’t know if they’re there;
Still by Faith we just believe it…
Gospel Science fills the air.

Endless Mythic Multiverses...
Brooms ‘n’ Buckets…Come alive!
Hocus-pocus is our focus...
Fantasy in overdrive.

Yes, the Scientism Genie
Has at last moved in to stay!
Glory, glory…Hallelujah!
Science fiction saves the day!


Bowing to Almighty Matter...
Yes, our Hope’s in Science now!
Naturalism is our Dogma,
Mind of Man our Sacred Cow.

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“Whoever has the authority to tell a culture’s creation story functions as its de facto priesthood with the power to determine what the dominant worldview will be.”
--Nancy Pearcey

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“…be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”( Colossians 2: 2-4)

As we gaze into the heavens
Please, Lord, bring us to our knees;
Give us Grace to bow before You...
And reject all sorceries.


Help expose the rebel nature,
Lord, that keeps our heart from You...
Give us Grace to seek the treasure,
And the Gift that makes men new.


May these idols we’ve imagined
Be cast down before the Cross...
Please, Messiah, whisper softly...
Holy Spirit, draw the lost.


“…he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.”
--(Proverbs 12:11)

“The idols speak deceit,
   diviners see visions that lie;
 they tell dreams that are false,
 they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
  Oppressed for lack of a shepherd.”
--(Zechariah 10:2)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
--(John 10:11)