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Biologist describes growing up under Darwinism in a communist state

 

NOTE: Every now and then I see a good debate, and this post captures a good one.

I regularly read the Intelligent Design web sites https://uncommondescent.com/ and https://evolutionnews.org/ and that’s where this debate occurs. I have edited it for clarity, but it retains the substance of the debate.

The primary protagonists are Dionisio on the ID side and Rvb8 on the atheist side.  Pay special attention to the comments of Dionisio  beginning with the phrase:

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Let the debate begin!!!

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Biologist describes growing up under Darwinism in a communist state

From David Klinghoffer at Evolution News & Views:

You never know who’s going to turn up at Q&A with Jonathan Wells and John West. The Discovery Institute biologist and political scientist, respectively, answered questions from the audience following a performance of the play Disinherit the Wind in Hollywood, California – which was a pretty interesting event in itself.

But then there stands up a biologist from a local university, unidentified, who proceeds to blow everyone away with an account of his experience as a younger man in a formerly Communist country. He explains that under the totalitarian culture of his youth, “Communism was literally welded to Darwinism.”

We recorded his remarks and they form a new episode of ID the Future. Listen to it here. More.

<em>Teapot</em> Cobalt Blue Only nine minutes. Do it on your break. The guy has guts to even talk about this in the age of the SJW (cf Bret Weinstein.)

Also:

One morning in 1938, shortly before leaving the Communist Party, while feeding his young daughter, Chambers concluded that the shape of her ear could not be explained by Marxist materialism. Something this beautiful and unique, Chambers observed, implied design, which implied the existence of God. Understanding the divine gift of his daughter Ellen, also strangely related to the horrific irruption within Chambers of the “screams” from Communism’s suffering victims. He writes “[O]ne day the Communist really hears those screams. [The screams] … do not merely reach his mind. They pierce beyond. They pierce to his soul.” A soul in agony, in this case, a person under persecution by Communist authorities, has attempted to communicate with another soul through memory and across time. The crucial significance of both episodes rests in Chambers embracing the presence of his soul, thus denying the false materialism of Communism and the darkness it had covered him in. As Chambers observed, “A Communist breaks because he must choose at last between irreconcilable opposites—God or Man, Soul or Mind, Freedom or Communism.”

 

36 Responses to Biologist describes growing up under Darwinism in a communist state
 
1 rvb8

‘You never know whos going to turn up at Q&A with Jonathan Wells and John West.’

Yes you do! Unification Church supporters, Christian apologists, ID people, and all those who believe in things unfelt, unknown, ‘special’, intangible, unmeasurable, and just plain, super-natural.

2 Seversky

We can find stories of oppression under all sorts of political and religious regimes. For example, there are the Native American children in the US and Canada who were forcibly sent to Christian-run boarding schools where they were forced to wear the white man’s clothing and forbidden to speak their own languages or practice their own religious and cultural traditions. All done with the best of intentions, no doubt, but still oppression and practiced against those least able to resist it.

3 Dionisio

Here is part of the lyrics of the common anthem shared by the atheist communist parties that were trying to build a communist socioeconomic system, though never succeeded:

Stand up, damned of the Earth
Stand up, prisoners of starvation
Reason thunders in its volcano
This is the eruption of the end.
Of the past let us make a clean slate
Enslaved masses, stand up, stand up.
The world is about to change its foundation
We are nothing, let us be all.

This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race.

There are no supreme saviours
Neither God
, […]

Yes, obviously Darwinian evolution theory validated that anthem and its underlying atheist ideology that promoted, encouraged and called for violent class struggle in order to form an idyllic classless society, which in reality didn’t exist, as it was ironically demonstrated in August 1980 in Gdansk, Poland, when the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic working class rebelled against the ruling atheist communist party and threw them into the trash bin of history.

4 Dionisio

@3 correction:

Yes, obviously Darwinian evolution theory validated that anthem and its underlying atheist ideology that promoted, encouraged and called for violent class struggle in order to form an idyllic classless society, which in reality didn’t exist, as it was ironically demonstrated in August 1980 in Gdansk, Poland, when the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic working class peacefully rebelled against the ruling atheist communist party and threw them into the trash bin of history.

5 Dionisio

@3 correction:

Yes, certainly Darwinian evolution theory validated that anthem and its underlying atheist ideology that promoted, encouraged and called for violent class struggle in order to form an idyllic classless society, which in reality never existed and the communist parties failed to build for obvious reasons*, as it was ironically demonstrated in August 1980 in Gdansk, Poland, when the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Polish working class supported by the rest of the society peacefully rebelled against the ruling atheist communist party and threw them deep into the trash bin of history.

(*) prophet Jeremiah spoke about this long ago.

6 EricMH

Which oppressive Christian society created the gulags, death camps, gas chambers, etc.?

7 rvb8

EricMH,

Christian? Why do you single out that faith? Is it because, not so secretly, ID is a front for Christian ideas?

In answer to your question, “Which oppressive Christian society created the gulags…? ;

When Christianity had power, (from about 340AD to around 1700AD, and the rise of reason), Christianity had inordinate power.

Christianity used that almost limitless power to burn, torture, threaten, rape, imprison, mark, ridicule, execute, and basically terrorise entire populations; or don’t you know any history?

The gulags were an expression of the, ‘cult of the personality’, Hitler, Mao, and Stalin all used this; a State of religious fervour if you will.

I’m sorry EricMH, when it comes to manipulation and pure evil, religion, and your Christianity, are past masters.

You could blame all this on Darwin of course, but then I woud say, ‘What caused this disgusting inhuman behaviour before Darwin?’

The answer of course is, blind faith, in an All Loving God.

8 ET

“The differences between Biblical creationism and the IDM should become clear. As an unashamedly Christian/creationist organization, ICR is concerned with the reputation of our God and desires to point all men back to Him. We are not in this work merely to do good science, although this is of great importance to us. We care that students and society are brainwashed away from a relationship with their Creator/Savior. While all creationists necessarily believe in intelligent design, not all ID proponents believe in God. ID is strictly a non-Christian movement, and while ICR values and supports their work, we cannot join them.”- John Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research

9 Dionisio

ET @8:

Timely clarification for the anonymous readers who unfortunately might have squandered precious time reading the nonsense posted @7.

Thanks.

10 Dionisio

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-16 (ESV)

“The message of false prophets may be attractive and even seem orthodox. The only way to know for sure is to allow time to see “their fruits” (vv. 16–20). Some of the false prophets’ fruits are mentioned in the New Testament: controversies (1 Tim. 1:3), divisions (1 Tim. 6:3, 4), destruction of faith (2 Tim. 2:18), and self-destruction by heresy (2 Pet. 2:1).” Reformation Study Bible provided by Ligonier Ministries

11 Dionisio

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12-14 (ESV)

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Reformation Study Bible provided by Ligonier Ministries:

Often called the “Golden Rule,” this principle was stated by a number of ancient thinkers as, “Do not do to others what you do not want done to you.” Jesus made it a positive obligation. Here it appears after the discussion of God’s goodness and His willingness to give.

Presenting a rosy picture of the Christian life and minimizing that it is filled with trouble does not follow the lead of our Lord (Acts 14:22). It may be that the “false prophets” of v. 15 are especially those who deny that the way is narrow and hard.

12 Dionisio

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Reformation Study Bible provided by Ligonier Ministries:

The doubling of a name was an address of intimacy (Gen. 22:11; 1 Sam. 3:10; 2 Sam. 18:33; Luke 22:31). It is not claims or feelings of intimacy with Jesus that matter, nor is it simply good works, even miraculous ones; only doing the will of the Father matters. Genuine intimacy with the Father means knowing God and being known by God (1 Cor. 8:2, 3).

13 Dionisio

Another clarification for the anonymous readers who unfortunately might have squandered precious time reading the nonsense posted @7:

Read the comments @10-12.

14 EricMH

@rvb8, I’d like to see your evidence of how anything in the history of Christian atrocities matched the mass murder at the hand of atheists.

15 rvb8

EricMH,

let’s say your right, (I’m not, but to throw you a bone, let’s just imagine the atheist regimes were far worse than the religious ones.)

Don’t you see where that tortured argument leaves religon? Let’s use Christiaity.

It leaves you in a kind of schoolyard taunt, along these lines, “yeah, alright Christians killed and tortured millions, but the atheists were way more worse.”

Do you really want to say that? We know Christianity had a bloody past, but atheism’s worse?

Essentially, ‘we’re not good, but better than you’??

16 rvb8

ET @8,

you use a quote from John Morris claiming no link between Christianity and ID; Heh:)

Dionisio arrives @10 congratulating you for clearing up the old cannard that Christianity and ID are bedfellows.

Unfortuantely @10, 11, and 12, Dio quotes extensively from his/her English Standard Version, Christian Bible, to back you up.

Then @13, Dio proudly instructs readers to ignore my own post @7, and instead directs readers to his Biblical quotes.

In politics, and the law, this is known as a, ‘smoking gun’.

17 drc466

@rvb8,

Christianity used that almost limitless power to burn, torture, threaten, rape, imprison, mark, ridicule, execute, and basically terrorise entire populations; or don’t you know any history?

To put it bluntly – bull. Is it fair and historically accurate to claim that Christianity was used by fringe groups and secular governments to justify hatred, abuse, and even war? Sure. Is it also fair to say that Christian organizations have not always practiced Biblical Christianity faithfully? Also sure – no one is going to argue that inquisitions and witch-burnings didn’t occur. But your sense of scale is ludicrously off-base.

The truth of the matter is that Judeo-Christian beliefs, followed faithfully, have been of greater benefit to the world than any other ideology, political or religious. Abolition, for example, was largely motivated by Christian beliefs in the equality of all men, a belief that is almost universally not shared by non-Christian cultures. Universities were almost entirely Christian-founded institutions, and the “divine-rights” of man were labelled as such based on a Christian understanding of Divine. I could go on and on.

Since you claim to “know history”, would you like to provide everyone with a comparison between the actions of atheist Russia, the Shintoist Japan, and Darwinist Germany, and the Christian France, Britain, America and even Italy, in WW2? Would you like to compare/contrast German treatment of Slavs, Russian treatment of Slavs/Germans, Japanese treatment of Chinese, Filipino, etc., to the treatment of enemy civilians by Allied troops? Would you like to explain for us why Germans were so desperate to surrender to American troops rather than be captured by Russians? Maybe a few words on the Bataan death march, or the rape of Nanking? Perhaps your historical knowledge might even extend to the relative survival rates between POWs of the respective combatants?

The problem is that you were born into a world where Christian philosophy has essentially “won”, and so most 1st-world countries accept Christian ideals and pretend/believe that their non-Christian morals would be the same even if Christianity wasn’t around. You want to know what the world would look like without Christianity? Pull out your history book and study the world of B.C. Or spend some time in pre-missionary Asia, Africa, and Americas.

You live in a world built on Christianity without a clue as to how hard and evil it would be without Christianity, and scorn the belief system that has given you basically everything. That’s fine, you don’t have to agree with me – but don’t expect me to be blind because you choose to be.

18 drc466

Follow-on to my comment above: it is probably unfair to label Germany as “Darwinist”. In reality, the prevailing “religion” in Germany was, unfortunately, Hitler worship. Children said pledges to him in classrooms, teens spent weeks in camps being indoctrinated in Nazi/Hitler ideology, and even the army was required to pledge a vow of allegiance directly to Hitler. So “Hitlerist” Germany is probably a better descriptor. In either case, Christianity was not a significant underlying ideology in the behavior of German armed forces – allegiance to human authority in general and Hitler in particular was.

19 EricMH

@rvb8, no I’m saying atheists who claim eliminating religion is the answer to all our problems are foolish beyond measure.

20 EricMH

rvb8, here’s another fun challenge for you. Name one atheist state that has not mass murdered its population.

21 Dionisio

drc466 @17-18,

Good comments. Thanks.

But don’t expect your interlocutor to understand what you wrote. Understanding requires the will to do it. Your interlocutor doesn’t seem willing to understand anything or engage in serious discussions.

Note the lack of attention to details @16, where your interlocutor referred to the comment @9 as if it were @10.
To make things worse, this interlocutor wrongly associates the comment @9 with the comments @10-12. They are unrelated, because they address different issues.
To top that, the interlocutor misunderstood the comment @13. The interlocutor wrote that the post @13 “instructs readers to ignore” the post @7, and “instead directs readers to” the posts @10-12. That’s obviously wrong. The post @13 clearly states that it is a clarification for those who unfortunately already wasted time reading the hogwash @7.

This lack of attention to details has been seen before in other comments posted by the same interlocutor.
Maybe it’s a reading comprehension issue?
This interlocutor makes the materialists look embarrassingly uneducated.

I was materialist too, educated/indoctrinated in the Soviet Union.
Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind, but now I see.
This means that there’s hope. Let’s pray for the spiritually lost and blind readers so that they too are touched by the Divine grace that saves.
One day at the end of this age of grace, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Christ is Lord of all. But then it will be too late for those who didn’t follow Christ before He’s back.

22 Origenes

“In the early days of the German advance into Eastern Europe, before the possibility of Soviet retribution even entered their untroubled imagination, Nazi extermination squads would sweep into villages, and after forcing villagers to dig their own graves, murder their victims with machine guns. On one such occasion somewhere in Eastern Europe, an SS officer watched languidly, his machine gun cradled, as an elderly and bearded Hasidic Jew laboriously dug what he knew to be his grave.

Standing up straight, he addressed his executioner. “God is watching what you are doing,” he said.

And then he was shot dead.

What Hitler did not believe and what Stalin did not believe and what Mao did not believe and what the SS did not believe and what the Gestapo did not believe and what the NKVD did not believe and what the commissars, functionaries, swaggering executioners, Nazi doctors, Communist Party theoreticians, intellectuals, Brown Shirts, Black Shirts, gauleiters, and a thousand party hacks did not believe was that God was watching what they were doing.”

[Berlinski]

23 Dionisio

drc466 @17,

The posts @10-12 relate to your first paragraph @17.

Your interlocutor may not see that well.

24 groovamos

rvb8: not so secretly, ID is a front for Christian ideas

Jewish ID advocate: DI fellow David Klinghoffer

agnostic Jew ID advocate: DI fellow David Berlinsky

Muslim ID advocate: Adnan Oktar

non-committed dualist ID advocate: Groovamos

When Christianity had power, (from about 340AD to around 1700AD, and the rise of reason), Christianity had inordinate power.

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543): “To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and power, to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful working of His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more gratifying than knowledge.” (Copernicus, as cited in Neff 1952, 191-192; and in Hubbard 1905, v).

René Descartes (1596-1650): “Is there not a God…who causes these thoughts to arise in my mind? But why suppose such a being, for it may be I myself am capable of producing them? … And in truth, as I have no ground for believing that Deity is deceitful, and as, indeed, I have not even considered the reasons by which the existence of a Deity of any kind is established, the ground of doubt that rests only on this supposition is very slight, and, so to speak, metaphysical”

Why not get your stories straight dude before posting on here.

burn, torture, threaten, rape, imprison, mark, ridicule, execute, and basically terrorise entire populations

I cant imagine what school you went to where this was taught but I was never taught “entire populations” were “burn(ed), torture(d), threaten(ed), rape(d), imprison(ed), mark(ed), ridicule(d), execute(d), and basically terrorise(d)

25 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

[…]

And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.

The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century.

[…]

The only possible explanation for this war is a mental eclipse among the leaders of Europe due to their lost awareness of a Supreme Power above them.

26 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that “revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.” That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.

That’s the environment I grew up and was educated in.
I could have taught atheism to the strongest atheists today.
Now I can sweep and mop the floor with all their baseless beliefs.
God is amazingly gracious. Who would have thought back then that I could be writing this here today.
Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.
All glory, all honor, all praise to the Lord.

27 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

The 1920’s in the USSR witnessed an uninterrupted procession of victims and martyrs amongst the Orthodox clergy. Two metropolitans were shot, one of whom, Veniamin of Petrograd, had been elected by the popular vote of his diocese. Patriarch Tikhon himself passed through the hands of the Cheka-GPU and then died under suspicious circumstances. Scores of archbishops and bishops perished. Tens of thousands of priests, monks, and nuns, pressured by the Chekists to renounce the Word of God, were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to camps, exiled to the desolate tundra of the far North, or turned out into the streets in their old age without food or shelter. All these Christian martyrs went unswervingly to their deaths for the faith; instances of apostasy were few and far between. For tens of millions of laymen access to the Church was blocked, and they were forbidden to bring up their children in the Faith: religious parents were wrenched from their children and thrown into prison, while the children were turned from the faith by threats and lies…

28 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

For a short period of time, when he needed to gather strength for the struggle against Hitler, Stalin cynically adopted a friendly posture toward the Church. This deceptive game, continued in later years by Brezhnev with the help of showcase publications and other window dressing, has unfortunately tended to be taken at its face value in the West. Yet the tenacity with which hatred of religion is rooted in Communism may be judged by the example of their most liberal leader, Krushchev: for though he undertook a number of significant steps to extend freedom, Krushchev simultaneously rekindled the frenzied Leninist obsession with destroying religion.

29 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

But there is something they did not expect: that in a land where churches have been leveled, where a triumphant atheism has rampaged uncontrolled for two-thirds of a century, where the clergy is utterly humiliated and deprived of all independence, where what remains of the Church as an institution is tolerated only for the sake of propaganda directed at the West, where even today people are sent to the labor camps for their faith, and where, within the camps themselves, those who gather to pray at Easter are clapped in punishment cells–they could not suppose that beneath this Communist steamroller the Christian tradition would survive in Russia. It is true that millions of our countrymen have been corrupted and spiritually devastated by an officially imposed atheism, yet there remain many millions of believers: it is only external pressures that keep them from speaking out, but, as is always the case in times of persecution and suffering, the awareness of God in my country has attained great acuteness and profundity.

It is here that we see the dawn of hope: for no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter what successes it attains in seizing the planet, it is doomed never to vanquish Christianity.

30 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

The West has yet to experience a Communist invasion; religion here remains free. But the West’s own historical evolution has been such that today it too is experiencing a drying up of religious consciousness. It too has witnessed racking schisms, bloody religious wars, and rancor, to say nothing of the tide of secularism that, from the late Middle Ages onward, has progressively inundated the West. This gradual sapping of strength from within is a threat to faith that is perhaps even more dangerous than any attempt to assault religion violently from without.

31 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

Imperceptibly, through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the “pursuit of happiness”, a goal that has even been solemnly guaranteed by constitutions. The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries; banished from common use, they have been replaced by political or class considerations of short lived value. It has become embarrassing to state that evil makes its home in the individual human heart before it enters a political system. Yet it is not considered shameful to make dally concessions to an integral evil. Judging by the continuing landslide of concessions made before the eyes of our very own generation, the West is ineluctably slipping toward the abyss. Western societies are losing more and more of their religious essence as they thoughtlessly yield up their younger generation to atheism. If a blasphemous film about Jesus is shown throughout the United States, reputedly one of the most religious countries in the world, or a major newspaper publishes a shameless caricature of the Virgin Mary, what further evidence of godlessness does one need? When external rights are completely unrestricted, why should one make an inner effort to restrain oneself from ignoble acts?

32 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, and we must not stumble and fall, nor must we linger fruitlessly on one rung of the ladder. Material laws alone do not explain our life or give it direction. The laws of physics and physiology will never reveal the indisputable manner in which the Creator constantly, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the energy of existence; when this assistance leaves us, we die. And in the life of our entire planet, the Divine Spirit surely moves with no less force: this we must grasp in our dark and terrible hour.

33 Dionisio

“Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion on May of 1983

To the ill-considered hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently spurned. Only in this way can our eyes be opened to the errors of this unfortunate twentieth century and our hands be directed to setting them right. There is nothing else to cling to in the landslide: the combined vision of all the thinkers of the Enlightenment amounts to nothing.

34 Truth Will Set You Free

Dionisio @ 25-33: Brilliant.

groovamos @ 24: Excellent comment.

Also, rvb8’s hatred for ID is minimal compared to his extreme hatred for Christianity. Must be tough carrying around so much hate, especially knowing that ID and Christianity will still be around (and thriving) when he takes his last breath. It was all for naught, rvb8. All for naught. The penny never dropped!

35 Dionisio

TWSYF,

That’s right, all for nothing. He’s never got it.
Really sad.

BTW, regarding Solzhenitsyn’s speech at the Templeton foundation, in the 1970s the famous Russian writer was quite known in the academic/political circles in western Europe and the US but not to many people inside his own country, where his books were not publicly available.

The fear of the free flow of information was enormous in that society.

Do you know why Solzhenitsyn was sent to the Siberian gulag that he made known to the world through his famous books later?

Apparently as a young officer in the soviet troops that ‘liberated’ the former Prussian territories by the Baltic Sea, he wrote a letter to a friend describing the atrocities committed by his fellow army comrades. Obviously his personal letter was censored and he was arrested.

So much for freedom of opinion.

36 groovamos

Truth Will SYF : Excellent comment.

Also, rvb8’s hatred for ID is minimal compared to his extreme hatred for Christianity. Must be tough carrying around so much hate

thx same goes for yours. See RVB doesn’t understand that every religion, including his, must have its sinners for its maintenance. He is in the daily echo chamber telling him what to believe, which is there is a mainstream Christian under every rock, behind every societal problem. It gives them something to believe in, a teleological basis for getting up every morning, even though life, including theirs, is meaningless. They need a political cause to fill the spiritual void.

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Hearing–The Intelligent Design

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Friends of Intelligent Design are often called IDiots, and much worse. But actually, ID is a position that should be embraced by clear thinking people. It’s what we experience in ordinary life all around us as common sense observations – by the highly educated Evolutionary Biologist as well as the ‘man on the street’.

An example, among many, is the hearing phenomena most of us fortunately experience. Let me walk you through a couple of features and functions of the inner ear from my own very practical and experiential background.

The inner ear contains a couple of key components that make life not only livable, but often times extremely delightful, while failure in either of both can cause much distress. And, these features have direct analogies to several significant phases of my life which lead me to understand the validity of Intelligent Design in nature.

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First is that part of the inner ear having to do with balance (see picture above). The inner ear has those semi-circular canals which monitor motion in the three-dimensional space of x/y/z and provide the body with a sense of ‘attitude’. In technical terms – roll, pitch and heading (i.e. where I’m pointing at any given milli-second). This part of our inner ear keeps us on the straight and narrow and tells us up from down and left from right when navigating this often topsy-turvy world.

For many years I worked on a system that tracked dozens of highly maneuvering and very fast fighter jets. A key component of this system was a pod, hanging on the aircraft, which contained a strap-down inertial reference system called the IRS. This IRS measured accelerations in all three axis of roll-pitch-heading, and gave the system a sense of what the aircraft was doing, and along with a geographic x/y/z position allowed inter-aircraft interaction for such things as running missile simulations between a fighter and a target.

When things were working well we had a complete capture of the training missions, both in real-time and later debrief. However, when there was a problem with the IRS in a pod, we saw wildly spinning aircraft on the screen or an aircraft that was stuck in a weird attitude until such time as the system could try a re-initialization. If that didn’t work, the pod was written up for off-line maintenance.

In similar fashion, when the inner ear mechanism for balance goes whacky, as it did for me when I suffered from what was diagnosed as Meniere’s Disease, my personal world spun wildly as severe vertigo and nausea set in. The only solution was to take myself off-line for several hours of absolute stillness until the episode passed.

So my personal experience along with a knowledge of the design of my own Internal Reference System points me to a Design Inference rather than some sort of randomly put together material assemblage of parts over some nebulous ‘Deep Time’.

See the previous picture to get a feel for the analogies in context.
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The other component of the inner ear is, of course, the hearing phenomenon. And again I will relate to my personal experiences with hearing – or more accurately, it’s degradation over time.

In short, my hearing has degraded in recent years to the point where hearing aids are very helpful, but not near the quality of the ‘original equipment’. Thus, I am now pursuing a technology called ‘cochlear implants’.

Cochlear Implants are different than hearing aids in that they are an implant that place a wire along the path of the natural inner-ear Cochlear, a spiral shaped device which, when healthy, detects the full range of sound frequencies entering the ear and converts these frequencies to electro/chemical inputs to the auditory nerve which are then sent to the brain for further processing. By the way, that is the same nerve bundle used by the balance system I described above.

What the Cochlear Implant does is two-fold; (1) sound frequencies are detected by an external device attached to the skull. (2) Those frequencies are then transmitted down a wire and the appropriate signals are transmitted to the nerve bundle in a fashion analogous to what the healthy Cochlear would do.

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An amazing part of the Cochlear is a liquid filled tube (see above) containing thousands of tiny hairs, each tuned to particular frequencies. Those hairs closest to the sound caused pulsating liquid wave are the stiffest, and handle the higher frequencies, and those towards the tail end of the moving liquid wave are more flexible and respond to the lower frequencies.

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The implant places a wire alongside the cochlear tube as seen above and sends the audio signal into the hearing nerve bundle.  An analogy would be a high end stereo system where complex audio signals are sent down wires to the various speaker types, each tuned to particular frequency ranges. 

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As to how this all relates to Intelligent Design — consider that the scientists, designers and engineers developing these implants must first research and understand how the original (natural) design works. Then they must model the human designed and engineered device to replicate as close as possible, the natural design. To put it into other words, the makers of these implants – scientists, designers and engineers, work in an environment of Intelligent Design.

So I would ask the materialist, the evolutionary biologist — how does evolution explain the two phenomena I have described above. How does evolution in any way come to the aid in developing an understanding of how these phenomena came to be, let alone finding a ‘fix’ for when thing in these designs go bad?

There are many things in the human body, such as the hearing phenomena, which provide physical evidence, and validate Intelligent Design, and creation. These same things also invalidate Darwinian Evolution.

Don Johnson – August 2017






Science denialism poses a serious threat to human health and the long-term sustainability of human civilization. — Oh Really?

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The first sentence (below) in this abstract from a supposed science organization sends cold chills up my spine. It reads as follows, click on the sentence to read the complete abstract.  

“Science denialism poses a serious threat to human health and the long-term sustainability of human civilization. …”

This takes me back to 2009 shortly after my wife and I moved from the west coast to the east coast. We were back in California visiting friends and were visiting over breakfast one morning with friends from 40+ years back. In reminiscing over the past year apart, I mentioned to Roger that I had attended a couple of Tea Party events recently.  This set Roger off, and he proceeded to tell me that he considered the Tea Party to be a “terrorist” organization, and in fact he had written to the Department of Homeland Security recommending to them that they add Tea Party to the list of “terrorist’ organizations. I dismissed this at first as just some of Roger’s boisterous liberal ranting which we was wont to do “Bill Gates is the Devil Incarnate and Microsoft is the Evil Empire”  was one of his talking points back then.

But as this conversation churned in me over the time that followed, it really began to bother me.

The Tea Party – me – terrorists? I remembered the four high jacked airliners slamming into those buildings in in New York City and into the Pentagon. I remembered seeing the pictures and videos of people falling and jumping from great heights. I remember seeing the beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl. But the Tea Party – Me? I know terrorism when I see it, and I know terrorists when I see what they do. I am not a terrorist nor is/was the Tea Party.

But the damage was done. Roger would not back down, retract or apologize for what by then I considered to be outlandish and slanderous talk. A good friendship of 40 years was shattered on the rocks of vicious name calling and vilification.

Then I started to notice that Roger was not alone in this slander. Other notable high ranking governmental officials, news and entertainment personalities began with the same line of talk. I’ve documented this on earlier blog posts such as https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/tea-party-terrorists/ and elsewhere so I won’t revisit at this point.

And by now in 2016/2017 of course it has gotten much worse. That’s why I am alarmed at this article from ScienceDirect with the accusation that people like me are “ … a threat to human health and the long-term sustainability of human civilization.”  Good grief, now I’m not just a terrorist, but one who will bring down all of human civilization?

I chose the picture at the top of this post as a form of my own name calling. And the name calling I chose to use as a counter to the mind set and world view presented by this corrupted view of science as espoused by ScienceDirect is Book Burning. Book Burning as practiced under German Nazism was very direct – physically confiscate those books you disagree with and burn them in a very public manner.  Today’s Book Burning is accomplished to a large degree by the strangle hold that Atheistic/Materialists hold over academia and the popular science reporting media, in particular the so-called “science” of Evolutionary Biology and now the dooms-day science called Climate Science.  

There is much controversy over Evolution and its role in the origin, development and sustainment of life on our planet – in spite of what you may read or hear in the popular media. And there is little scientific evidence that random mutations and natural selection had or have a part in this wonderful thing we call life.  Oh you may hear of the “mountain of evidence” supporting the evolution “just so” stories, but you will find that improbable mountain described by such as Richard Dawkins to be made of Papier-mâché, French for “chewed paper.”  

And if you want to experience some of the worst name calling and vilification, try countering the evolution only mind set in places like the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). I’ve been there offering counters to their world view with evidences from a different perspective – that of Intelligent Design. The push back to me was brutal, but very seldom backed with evidence or any reasoned argument – but much vile name calling.

On a final note I again revisit those times beginning in 2009. I saw and read the blossoming of name calling and vilification emanating from the political and cultural left against the Conservative Christian world view, and I greatly feared what my grandchildren may come to believe about their grandfather. So I began blogging in earnest in hopes of leaving a written record of who I was and what I believed. Has it been successful? Much to early to tell, though I can tell you that my oldest grandson has delved into my blog and I see some signs of him perhaps understanding where I am coming from. He has found himself taking perhaps an unexpected and unwanted in-depth lesson in that cruel and harsh world called the “school of hard knocks” and he seems to have graduated from there – and perhaps I’ve been able to contribute to that graduation. 

So in closing, I recommend that when you read such articles having a “scientific” veneer, do some serious research and thinking of your own and come to your own conclusion. I’m not asking you to be a scientist, I’m asking you to separate the science from the propaganda.

 

Don Johnson – June 2017

Does Science Argue For Or Against God

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Often times in reading arguments for/against Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Evolution, Creation, Irreducible Complexity etc. I get the feeling I’m reading arguments on how many angels are, or are not, dancing on the head of some pin.
Then once in awhile something comes along that’s simple and intuitive that speaks to my heart, mind and soul. The following video is such a time.
Watch the man’s reaction to a part of vision he was unable to experience prior. We see an immediate reaction, an immediate knowing, and immediate appreciation. No lengthy scientific/theological arguments necessary … no books to read or college courses to take … no experts to consult. His eyes see it immediately and then his whole being understands it.
Beautiful … take a look.
https://www.facebook.com/NTDTelevision/videos/1986628964712537/

And this —

Does Science Argue for or against God-

 

Don Johnson – June 2017

The Blessings Of Hearing

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I have been generally blessed over the years (73) with good health. But like all of us, on occasion parts of my body complain and spread frustration or worse in areas where such complaints have no business being. These complaints  often spread outwards and seek to spoil relationships with those around us … family, friends and others.

Hearing loss is one such complaint, and mine has been in a state of decay for quite some time now, and plays a part in the deterioration of my ability to participate in conversation.

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Further to these thoughts, let me now shift to a more academic/scientific vein and share my joy and the marvel of the hearing experience.  

A year or so back I wrote an article I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face at https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/ive-grown-accustomed-to-your-face/ Here is an excerpt from that article:

“ … We walk into a crowded and noisy room full of mostly strangers and unfamiliar heads bobbing up and down. Then off to the side and slightly behind we hear and recognize a familiar voice … we turn our head searching for that old friend we know is there, and after a short search … there she is, head slightly turned away from our view, but recognizable none-the-less. We are surprised and pleased to meet our old friend once more after some number of years and begin renewing the friendship.

The recognition of the voce and face is instinctive and very quick; and we take it for granted with no thoughts of anything unusual other than the mere co-incidence of the meeting. … “

The article deals with the pattern recognition capability designed and  embedded in each of us by our Creator (yes, there is one.)

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Then just the other day I ran across another interesting article, again from the Discovery Institute, titled Mammals Compute Sound Timing in the Microsecond Range at https://evolutionnews.org/2017/06/mammals-compute-sound-timing-in-the-microsecond-range/.

This article deals with the incredible sophistication and design associated with animals being able to determine, with great precision, the direction of incoming sounds.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

“ … Our brief look into the complexity of auditory localization in mammals provides a good example of not only Behe’s irreducible complexity, but also what Douglas Axe calls functional coherence, “the hierarchical arrangement of parts needed for anything to produce high-level function — each part contributing in a coordinated way to the whole” (Undeniable, p. 144). None of these parts (MSO, myelin, synapses) perform sound localization individually, but collectively, they do.

We could explore the hierarchy further by looking more closely at how molecular machines within the neuron cells participate in the “functional whole” of sound localization. Taking the wide-angle view, we see how all the lower levels in the hierarchy contribute to the bat’s amazing ability to catch food on the wing. Functional coherence is not just beyond the reach of chance (Axe, p. 160), it provides positive evidence for intelligent design. In all our uniform human experience, only minds are capable of engineering complex, hierarchical systems exhibiting functional coherence. The complexity of this one circuit — sound localization — makes that loud and clear. … “

So here we have it, in two scientific articles, studies and descriptions of how we can accurately determine the location of that familiar voice in a crowded room,  and associate that sound with a memory from the past.

But better yet, hear it sung by the great Dean Martin at https://youtu.be/yhaho1aAraM 

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Design in life and nature is a wonderful thing.  My hope is that you will seek this designer, this Creator.

 

Don Johnson – June 2017   

 

Just Thinking: thoughts concerning: Atheism, Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design

http://www.blurb.com/b/7687777-just-thinking
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Excerpt:

“ … I remember those nights as a kid laying out in the backyard on a clear Montana night. Laying out in that mummy bag gazing in wonder at the night sky and … just thinking

How many stars are out there? How big is the universe? Does it have an end? If it has an end … then what’s beyond? How did it get there? How did I get here? How can there be something that has no end? Are there answers?

I think most of us have had such nights, and for many of us such wonder continues …

I’m one of those whose mind seems never to stop with the wondering … I just can’t shut it off — not that I want too.

So this is a collection of thoughts, conversations and writings that I’ve collected over the years. Thoughts and study that go back many, many years. The pages to follow come from my thinking and study on these issues, from my blog and from internet dialogs I’ve had with various people, mainly commenters like myself who seem to be passionate about the same questions and issues. Many have quite the opposite views as me, but that’s OK.

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In this short book I hold out the hope of showing that a world view centered around a designed and created universe is not only reasonable, but that such a view is the one that aligns with and makes sense with our everyday encounter with our universe and all that is within it — including you and me. Scientists of today as well as in years and centuries past have assigned the idea of “Rational Intelligibility” as an apt description of this world view.

This view of a designed and created universe is a minority view these days, not held by many who are the shapers of the modern world view of materialism which holds that everything we experience has come about through entirely natural means. In other words, Darwinian Evolution explains it all and we need seek no further for answers to the many mysterious and profound questions of life.

The popular purveyors of evolution such as Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking and others, dismiss our everyday encounters with design as — the “appearance” of design, but not real design, only an “illusion” of design — not the real experience of design experienced when you turn your television to your favorite show, or talk to your friend on your iPhone.

If you are uncertain, or you hold to a world view of materialism and evolution as holding the ultimate answers, I would encourage you to step back for a moment and take a deep breath — step out and take a risk to examine an alternative view. Examine the examples and thinking I give in the following pages, as well as seeking out your own examples. You can and should take this intellectual plunge initially in the privacy of your own mind — take whatever time is appropriate for you to stir those brain cells into a stirring of questioning. You will indeed take a risk in doing this … questioning your perhaps long standing beliefs … risking ridicule and censure, even from those close to you. It won’t be easy. … “

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http://www.blurb.com/b/7687777-just-thinking

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Asking the Right Questions:

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Asking the Right Questions: My Visit to Brown University and MIT 

No – this was not my, AYFPs visit, but rather a fellow named Brian Miller.

Some excerpts:

“ … Several of the participants had never heard the evidence for design, so they were visibly struck by its weight and the enormity of its implications. The questions were particularly thoughtful, sincere, and relevant. They were also very common in such discussions, so I thought I would address each of them.  … “

“ … The students commented that they very much enjoyed the discussion, since they never hear the design perspective. And the vast majority wished to stay connected with the sponsoring groups for future conversations. If only all academics could learn to ask the right questions and demonstrate such open mindedness and such a desire for truth. … “

This article is quite fascinating. As the two excerpts point out, some (many?) students at these prestigious universities had never heard the design perspective as applied to biology and life. This is not surprising since the Darwinian evolutionists have had a censoring choke hold on such discussions for many years (see my article at: https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/ball-state-university-intelligent-design-my-7-disappointments/).

So it is quite refreshing that perhaps a toe-hold has been established in the land of Ivy League (I live just a short bus ride from Yale).

I have to wonder though if these events were actually sanctioned by Brown and MIT, or were they off campus and sponsored by some rebellious truth seeking students.    Dr. Miller refers to ‘sponsoring groups ‘ so perhaps it’s wishful thinking on my part to think that Ivy has actually stepped up to taking a look at Intelligent Design – but it seems that some of the students are looking.

Dr. Miller has a BA in Physics from MIT and a PhD in Physics from Duke.

 

Don Johnson – March 2017