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Evolutionist Professor Quotes Laplace

The brilliant Isaac Newton could harmonize Aristotle’s super- and sub-lunar worlds, show that nature’s laws were universal and in the process explain how the solar system worked, but the Cambridge professor could not explain how the solar system arose or how it will end. Most troublesome was his finding that the planets circling about the Sun formed one giant accident waiting to happen. One day the planets were liable to careen about and the only solution seemed to be an occasional divine finger to adjust the errant machine. That sent Newton’s continental nemesis Gottfried Leibniz into his own instability, for the Lutheran co-founder of calculus could not envision God creating a less than optimal world. Certainly not a world so crude so as to be in need of occasional adjustment. Newton also said that his new physics was not capable of evolving the solar system in the first place. Like Adam’s naval, the planets had to get their start somehow other than their normal operation. Did God then also have to interfere with His creation to set the planets initially in their orbits and with the proper speeds?  Read more

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8 Responses to Evolutionist Professor Quotes Laplace

  1. Many people simply presume that solar system formation is fairly well understood by science but that simply is not the case:

    New study sheds new light on planet formation – July 4, 2012
    Excerpt: The study,, began with a curious and unexpected finding: Within three years, the cloud of dust circling a young star in the Scorpius-Centaurus stellar nursery simply disappeared.”The most commonly accepted time scale for the removal of this much dust is in the hundreds of thousands of years, sometimes millions,” said study co-author Inseok Song,,, “What we saw was far more rapid and has never been observed or even predicted. It tells us that we have a lot more to learn about planet formation.”,,, “Many astronomers may feel uncomfortable with the suggested explanations for the disappearance of the dust because each of them has non-traditional implications,” Song said, “but my hope that this line of research can bring us closer to a true understanding of how planets form.”
    http://phys.org/news/2012-07-planet-formation.html

    Are Saturn’s Rings Evolving? July – 2010
    Excerpt: Not all is well in theories of planet formation, though. Astrobiology Magazine complained this week that many of the exoplanets discovered around other stars do not fit theories of the origin of the solar system.
    http://www.creationsafaris.com.....#20100710a

    Planet-Making Theories Don’t Fit Extrasolar Planets;
    Excerpt: “The more new planets we find, the less we seem to know about how planetary systems are born, according to a leading planet hunter.” We cannot apply theories that fit our solar system to other systems:
    http://www.creationsafaris.com.....#20110223b

    Ancient alien planets shake up view of our early universe – March 2012
    Excerpt: Astronomers have discovered a planetary system that formed nearly 13 billion years ago, suggesting the early universe harbored more planets than has been thought. The system consists of a star called HIP 11952 and two Jupiter-like alien planets. It is just 375 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cetus (the Whale). The planets are likely the oldest yet found; at 12.8 billion years old, they’re just 900 million years younger than the universe itself, according to the commonly accepted Big Bang theory.,,, It is widely accepted that planets coalesce from the swirling disks of dust and gas that surround young stars. Classical models of planet formation hold that metal-poor stars are unlikely to harbor planets, while worlds should form far more easily around metal-rich suns. But recent discoveries, including the HIP 11952 system, have astronomers rethinking these models.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46.....3dzpdX5a6N

    Medium size worlds upset “Earth is not unique” planet modelling – January 2012
    Excerpt: But what has puzzled observers and theorists so far is the high proportion of planets — roughly one-third to one-half — that are bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. These ‘super-Earths’ are emerging as a new category of planet — and they could be the most numerous of all (see ‘Super-Earths rising’). Their very existence upsets conventional models of planetary formation and, furthermore, most of them are in tight orbits around their host star, precisely where the modellers say they shouldn’t be.
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....modelling/

    The Fine tuning of the orbits in the Solar system so as to allow the Earth to remain in the ‘habitability zone’ necessary for life, as you alluded to Dr. Hunter, is extraordinary:

    Weird Orbits of Neighbors Can Make ‘Habitable’ Planets Not So Habitable – May 2010
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....143419.htm

    Of Gaps, Fine-Tuning and Newton’s Solar System – Cornelius Hunter – July 2011
    Excerpt: The new results indicate that the solar system could become unstable if diminutive Mercury, the inner most planet, enters into a dance with Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest of all. The resulting upheaval could leave several planets in rubble, including our own. Using Newton’s model of gravity, the chances of such a catastrophe were estimated to be greater than 50/50 over the next 5 billion years. But interestingly, accounting for Albert Einstein’s minor adjustments (according to his theory of relativity), reduces the chances to just 1%.
    http://darwins-god.blogspot.co.....solar.html

    Milankovitch Cycle Design – Hugh Ross – August 2011
    Excerpt: In all three cases, Waltham proved that the actual Earth/Moon/solar system manifests unusually low Milankovitch levels and frequencies compared to similar alternative systems. ,,, Waltham concluded, “It therefore appears that there has been anthropic selection for slow Milankovitch cycles.” That is, it appears Earth was purposely designed with slow, low-level Milankovitch cycles so as to allow humans to exist and thrive.
    http://www.reasons.org/milankovitch-cycle-design

    Among Darwin Advocates, Premature Celebration over Abundance of Habitable Planets – September 2011
    Excerpt: Today, such processes as planet formation details, tidal forces, plate tectonics, magnetic field evolution, and planet-planet, planet-comet, and planet-asteroid gravitational interactions are found to be relevant to habitability.,,, What’s more, not only are more requirements for habitability being discovered, but they are often found to be interdependent, forming a (irreducibly) complex “web.” This means that if a planetary system is found not to satisfy one of the habitability requirements, it may not be possible to compensate for this deficit by adjusting a different parameter in the system. – Guillermo Gonzalez
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....50871.html

  2. related notes:

    Privileged Planet Principle – Michael Strauss – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4318884/

    The Privileged Planet – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnWyPIzTOTw

    And if one looks closer at the details, we find parameter after parameter (816 thus far) that must be within a certain range to permit life on earth for any reasonable extended period of time,,

    Linked from Appendix C from Dr. Ross’s book, ‘Why the Universe Is the Way It Is’;
    Probability for occurrence of all 816 parameters ? 10^-1333
    dependency factors estimate ? 10^324
    longevity requirements estimate ? 10^45
    Probability for occurrence of all 816 parameters ? 10^-1054
    Maximum possible number of life support bodies in observable universe ? 10^22

    Thus, less than 1 chance in 10^1032 exists that even one such life-support body would occur anywhere in the universe without invoking divine miracles.
    http://www.reasons.org/files/c....._part3.pdf

    Hugh Ross – Evidence For Intelligent Design Is Everywhere (10^-1054) – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4347236

    But the thing that really sets the privileged planet argument apart from just merely being an appeal to the extreme rarity of the conditions necessary to host life on any given planet in the solar system is the ‘observability correlation’,,

    The very conditions that make Earth hospitable to intelligent life also make it well suited to viewing and analyzing the universe as a whole.
    - Jay Richards

    Privileged Planet – Observability Correlation – Gonzalez and Richards – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5424431

    Here are a few videos of related ‘observability correlation’ interest;

    We Live At The Right Time In Cosmic History – Hugh Ross – video
    http://vimeo.com/31940671

    Epistemology – Why Should The Human Mind Even Be Able To Comprehend Reality? – Stephen Meyer – video – (Notes in description)
    http://vimeo.com/32145998

    That the solar system would be ‘set up’ for observation, and scientific discovery, is very interesting to consider, for, besides being ‘very suspicious’ as Dr. Richards put it in the video, it is found that conscious observation is central to quantum theory.

    1. Consciousness either preceded all of material reality or is a ‘epi-phenomena’ of material reality.
    2. If consciousness is a ‘epi-phenomena’ of material reality then consciousness will be found to have no special position within material reality. Whereas conversely, if consciousness precedes material reality then consciousness will be found to have a special position within material reality.
    3. Consciousness is found to have a special, even central, position within material reality.
    4. Therefore, consciousness is found to precede material reality.

    Four intersecting lines of experimental evidence from quantum mechanics that shows that consciousness precedes material reality (Wigner’s Quantum Symmetries, Wheeler’s Delayed Choice, Leggett’s Inequalities, Quantum Zeno effect):
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G_Fi50ljF5w_XyJHfmSIZsOcPFhgoAZ3PRc_ktY8cFo/edit

    Moreover, solar system formation, as is currently held today in modern science, is built on somewhat of a Deistic model found within General Relativity, in that God is presupposed to be completely hands off the universe after He created the universe, but quantum mechanics, which exceeds the primacy of General Relativity as to explaining reality, shows that a non-local’, beyond space-time, cause must be invoked to explain the continued existence of the universe:

    ‘Quantum Magic’ Without Any ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ – June 2011
    Excerpt: A team of researchers led by Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences used a system which does not allow for entanglement, and still found results which cannot be interpreted classically.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....111942.htm

  3. correction: But the thing that really sets the privileged planet argument apart from just merely being an appeal to the extreme rarity of the conditions necessary to host life on any given planet in the UNIVERSE is the ‘observability correlation’,,

  4. I see the same logical error at work here that is at work in the Problem of Suffering, and that is the assertion that a perfect Creator will not create an imperfect world.

    This assertion is unwarranted.

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    Normally I ignore errors in grammar and spelling, but really, Cornelius. Adam had a “navel”, not a “naval”.

  6. It’s surprising how easy it is to make such typographical errors when you’re concentrating on what you’re writing, SG.

    KF has just spelt ‘announce’, ‘anounce’. But I wouldn’t mind possessing his polymathic mind. Or Cornelius’ bonce for molecular biology and goodness knows what else.

    But that word, ‘navel’, reminds me of another of its homonyms, even spelt the same, I believe – referring to a type of orange.

    In the Aldous Huxley’s book, ‘After Many a Summer’, an orange-picker understandably laments newcomers threatening the level of the remuneration and even the jobs of himself and his fellow-workers, expostulating, ‘F*cking itinerants come to pick our navels!’

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    Haha! :) I remember when I was a kid, maybe in fourth or fifth grade, drawing a picture of a “naval orange”, complete with sails.

  8. Naval Orange: A sailing vessel that prevents scurvy?

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