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Dinosaurs for Dummies                                  Richard Dawkins                                                   More To Life

Built on Rock ! Exploring Answers to Questions about Life, The Universe & Everything

Tracing Origins should be Easy

The problem of origins should be the easiest to solve if the theory of evolution was true. There is no human construct of the last few hundred years, however ingenious and complex that cannot be deconstructed and shown to have originated and developed through relatively simple ideas and prototypes. The only real mysteries relating to purely human constructs are from the distant past. Going back strangely enough to a time when construction methods were supposedly in their infancy. The construction of both the internal and external structure of the great pyramids should be simple to understand. The people who designed them were surely, at least in engineering terms, simpletons in comparison with those of our generation. And yet there is to this day no conclusive explanation as to how the pyramids were built. The latest possible suggestion I have come across is that they were built from the inside out. The placement of the inner chambers are ingenious by any definition and beyond any certain explanation. This should not be so, the ancients should not have the ability to baffle the most highly evolved brains on the planet. Unless of course we are neither evolved nor the cleverest who have ever lived.

Could it be that the biblical account is true, that mankind was created highly intelligent and able, and that prior to a global disaster by flood and volcanism humans lived up to just short of a thousand years. That following this catastrophe there began a process of decline that has continued ever since. Do not be fooled by modern know how. This is more likely the result of an accumulation of knowledge rather than increased brain processing power. The fact that a teenager can stand by the roadside and access almost all the sum of human knowledge on his IPhone is not an indication that he or she is an intellectual giant.

The feeling that the people best equipped to search for explanations about nature and the universe seem to be groping around like the newly blind is more than odd. Ignorance of how things came to be should not be a factor if Darwin was correct in his initial assumptions. He wrote: “…from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” If everything originated from simple beginnings and evolved towards greater complexity then the process of following the leads back should not be so bafflingly mysterious. For instance, the biological cell once presumed to be simple is now known to be of incredible complexity, and the more that is known the worse it gets: wheels within wheels ad infinitum.

Problems only increase as the study of any part of nature progresses into the fine detail. Solutions to design problems in nature are not what they should be: plain and utilitarian. Because that is all Darwinian methods might suggest, even in the best case evolutionary scenarios. But the opposite is true, the engineering solutions in nature are brilliant beyond the realms of human understanding, they are never just plain or functional or utilitarian. Why is so much of creation admired by us humans. The existence of beauty, ingenuity, love, sacrifice, the baffling, touching, moving vulnerability of infancy, compassion, wisdom, the appearance of countless seemingly incredibly put together novelties of exquisite fragility, biological systems beyond imagination, the love of adventure, sexual attraction, raw power, consciousness, memory, touch, sight, taste, hearing, family and community, fatherhood, motherhood, kindness, gentleness, humour, friendship, the inherent desire to worship something greater than ourselves, curiosity, science, art and music, the feeling that there is an afterlife, the finely tuned laws that uphold the universe; the list could go on and on. Would Darwinism predict that any of these things might  arise naturally out of  a process that had no purpose in mind, no sense of direction, a random and chancy and dangerous mechanism overseen only by the conserving oversight of natural selection, which is a process incapable of creating anything at all?

Why is Nothing Simple?