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God & Science: Exact Science in the Srimad-Bhagavatam

25 October 2005 | 3 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

The basic unit of measurement in the Vedic literature is the yojana. Thompson has calculated a yojana to be 8.59 miles long. One yojana is 32,000 hastas. One hasta is 432 millimeters (the number 432 should be familiar to anyone well read in the Vedic literature).

One might ask why there such a correspondence between the Vedic and Western distance measurement units? It surely is not simply coincidence?

The answer is that both a latitude based, that is, they are based on the size of Earth. The Greek astronomer Eratosthenes was (supposedly) the first person to calculate the size of earth. He used a well (in Syene) with the sun directly overhead as a reference point, measured the length of a shadow from a post some distance away (in Alexandria) and used the angled derived to estimate the size of the Earth.

There is evidence that the ancient Egyptians knew of latitude and longitude long before Eratosthenes. Similarly, Vedic civilization seems to also have had exact knowledge of the size and shape of the Earth.

The circumference of the Earth as the poles is very close to 108 x ten-billion hastas (108 is another number which should be familiar to students of the Vedic literature).

Interestingly, the distance from the Earth to the Sun (using figures from modern astronomy) equals 10821.6 thousands yojanas. Again, a figure surprisingly close to 108. Further suggesting a connection between the map of the Earth and map of the solar system.

The Vedic civilization that the Bhagavatam describes is both mysterious and amazing. It had incredibly advanced scientific knowledge and it's traces can be found on nearly every continent of the world. Thompson urges us to be on the lookout for more evidence that may shed light on this hidden chapter of human history.

(Thus ends the book: God & Science by Richard L. Thompson. I have left out much of the detail, many of the examples and analogies and all the mathematical proofs in my short summaries. Please buy the book and support Thompson's efforts if you are at all interested in learning more.)

God & Science: the Universe of the Vedas

23 October 2005 | 1 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes the Bhu-mandala, the Universe. At first glance these descriptions are inconsistent and constantly contract one another. However, when viewed with the correct understanding, it all makes sense.

Bhu-mandala simultaneously describes four things:

  • a topographical map of south-central Asia
  • a polar-projection map of the Earth
  • a map of the solar system
  • a map of the celestial heavens of the demigods

Bhu-mandala can be seen as a topographical maps of south-central Asia. The various peaks of the Himalayan mountains are accurately depicted on the North/top of the map.

The Bhagavatam certainly doesn't have the primitive idea that the Earth flat. There are plenty of indirect references to a globe-shaped Earth. Bhu-mandala, understood as a map of the Earth, is an astrological map. Lines on the map show the exact orbital paths of various stars and planets from the Earth's perspective.

Bhu-mandala can also be taken as a map of the solar system up to Saturn. The orbits of the planets in the solar system lie on a nearly flat plane, so the flatness of the map does not cause any trouble here. Furthermore, the distances given in the Bhagavatam closely match the recent astronomical measurements.

Finally, Bhu-mandala, viewed as a map of the paradisiacal lands of the demigods, explains the extremely large distances which are sometimes quoted in the text. For example: India is described to be 72,000 miles across (3 times the circumference of the Earth). This is no mistake, after all demigods like Lord Siva are said to be nearly the size of Europe.

The various maps are overlaid because they are interconnected. Mystic yogis could use the various points of interconnection as "short-cuts" through space in order to very quickly transport themselves between Earth, the celestial realms and other planets.

God & Science: Cross-cultural traces of Vedic Civilization

19 October 2005 | 1 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

The Greek author Aratos wrote tales of progressively more degraded ages. In the final bronze age "they tasted the meat of cows, the first who did it". Protecting cows is a prominent theme in the Vedic literature, but not so common in Europe. It is therefore surprising to find a classical author highlighting these principles. Unless, of course, he got the idea from the Vedic culture. The Vedic literature also describes cycles of ages called yugas: Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali. Each with progressively shorter human life-spans (100000, 10000, 1000 and 100 years respectively).

The Sioux Native American Indians say they were visited by a celestial woman who gave them their religion. She was said to have talked about four ages and a sacred buffalo that loses one leg during each age. In the present age the buffalo has only one leg. This story will sound familiar to anyone who has read the Srimad-Bhagavatam's story of Maharaja Pariksit and the bull of Dharma.

The Bible describes only a very short time-span of human history. Still, it is interesting that the people in the early Biblical stories lived for around 1000 years, as we might expect for people living in Dvapara-yuga:

  • Adam: 930 years
  • Seth: 912 years
  • Enos: 905 years
  • Noah: 950 years
  • Jared: 962 years
  • Kenan: 910 years

After the great flood life spans gradually decreased to the around 100 years we have today.

  • Shem: 600 years
  • Salah: 438 years
  • Abraham: 175 years
  • Issac: 180 years
  • Jacob: 147 years
  • Moses: 120 years

The flood is generally believed to have taken place sometime in the second or third millennium B.C. Similarly, the date given in the Vedic literature for the beginning of Kali-yuga is February 18th, 3102 B.C.

Norse mythology is also surprisingly similar to the Vedic world-view. The Norse Ragnarok, for example, tells of the destruction of the Earth. Its timeline fits in well with the Vedic period of 1000-yuga cycles, called a day of Brahma, after which the most of the Universe is destroyed.

God & Science: the Seeds of Reason

18 October 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Asa Gray, a Harvard professor of botany and evangelical Christian, was a friend of Charles Darwin's. Gray accept evolution, but insisted that God had to have designed and created the bodily forms of all living beings. However, the laws of physics, as we know them, do not allow for some supernatural being influencing physical events. Other theologians such as George Frederick Wright, a geologist and Calvinist minister, argued that God is only interested in the ultimate cause of nature. God merely set up the laws of nature and then let nature unfold naturally.

Science has not been able to show that all universal events follow the laws of nature as we know them. The Vedic view of creation may give us more insights:

Saint Augustine (borrowing an idea from Plotinus) described seeds of creation. Similary, the Srimad-Bhagavatam described God injecting bijas, creative seeds, that hold the information to form the Universe into the material world at the moment its creation. Brahma and other subtle beings then use this information, much like user might use a virtual reality computer program, to build the Universe as we know it.

This solves Gray's and Wright's dilemma. God doesn't violate the laws of nature and still plays a significant role in the creation of the Universe. However, it does involve subtle laws of nature which are outside the purview of modern science.

God & Science: Was there an Eve?

13 October 2005 | 39 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

In 1987 an article in Nature seemed to show, by studying the mitochondrial DNA of people from all continents, that they all had a common ancestor, one woman living in African 200,000 year ago. However, in 1992 Alan Templeton from the University of Washington showed that the original computer simulations were inaccurate and both the time and place of "Eve" were incomputable.

Humans and apes are not, as evolutionist believe, similar because they descended from the same creature. Instead, as the Srimad-Bhagavatam reveals, Brahma, the original superhuman being, generated beings called prajapatis, who, in turn, created generations of lesser creatures: plants, animals, humans, etc.

These living beings are similar to each other because they are modified versions of the same original template. Just as a computer programmer might re-use a program he has written in the past, the intelligent designer who created us worked from a basic design which he modified to suit different purposes.

This theory of intelligent design overcomes the difficulty that evolutionists have in explaining how some organisms have complex structures. Given complex feature, there often is no clear chain of mutations that could have produced it by evolution, nor is there evidence of an intermediate form.

God & Science: Primordial Alphabet Soup

12 October 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Stanley Miller of the University of Chicago did a famous experiment in which he created amino acids from methane, ammonia and hydrogen by electrifying a test tube. Artificial life by chemistry! Not quite, these elements weren't readily available on primordial earth. But supposing they were and amino acids could form:

Amino acids can not randomly form into complex organisms capable of self-reproduction. Even a semi-random formation process semi-guided by the rules of chemical bonding will tend to gravitate to very simple stable structures. Complex formations are only possible if a very specific initial state is set up purposefully [see John Conway's Game of Life to illustrate this: try some of the given examples and then try inputting some random patterns].

So a complex self-reproducing DNA-based organism cannot come about by chance. So, simple RNA-based organism might have been created. However, RNA can only be formed from amino acids by very specialized coaxing from scientists. But supposing RNA-based life-forms did form, they still would have to evolve into sometime more complex than themselves. Evolution does not however create new features [again, the Game of Life as well as Ripple-Down Rules illustrate this]. An RNA-based self-reproducer will only exhibit slight variations by random mutation.

God & Science: Consciousness and the "New Physics"

11 October 2005 | 7 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

In quantum mechanics the observer supposedly has the power to affect the experiment. For example, a cat in a sealed box may be both alive and dead at the same time until an observer (man or machine) checks. However, from the philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita it seems that the supersoul should be able to observe all occurrences. This creates some trouble in relation to quantum mechanics. Therefore we might consider that just as classical physics was incomplete until the discovery of relativity and relativity was superseded to some extent by quantum mechanics, so there is another, more complete, physics reality beyond quantum mechanics which we have yet to discover. The science of mind manipulating matter.

God & Science: on Mystic Perfections and Long-Distance Hypnosis

2 October 2005 | 1 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

In 1920 Professor Leonid Vasiliev of the University of Leningrad, Russia performed an experiment where he would monitor a subject in a darkened room, detecting when she would fall asleep. A psychic would then be directed to a special lead-lined room some distance away. There the psychic would find a sealed envelope with instructions written by a neutral third party to either:

  1. Remain in the room and issue a command to the subject to fall asleep
  2. Exit the room and issue the same command
  3. Exit the room and issue no command

The resultant average time it took the subject to fall asleep were:

  1. 4:43
  2. 4:13
  3. 7:24

The experiment suggests that telepathic influences are very real and do not work via electromagnetism, since these waves are blocked by lead. Professor Vasiliev work was eventually canceled by the Russian government, since it was investigating phenomena ??oewhich considering the time and place, cannot be perceived??.

In contrast, these kind of mystic powers are quite common in the Vedic literature. However, they are also condemned, not because they couldn't possibly be true, but because they distract from the path of service to God, which is the true goal of life.

God & Science: Imitators of Life

30 September 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Artificial life scientists aim to create intelligent machines that will eventually replace humans by a natural evolutionary process. Some researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory project that this will happen within one hundred years.

The Vedic literature also contains stories of robots. Sanskritist V. Raghavan has written a treatise on machines in ancient India. King Samarangana Sutradhara in the twelfth century, for example, was said to have wooden human-shaped automata that would perform simple menial tasks like fanning, sprinkling water, or playing musical instruments. The Buddhist Bhaisajya-vastu tells of a country where complex automata existed that behaved and looked just like humans. These stories are however most probably just fantasy.

Yantras, as machines are called in Sanskrit, are most often used in analogies explaining how our own bodies are merely machines and we, the consciousness, are the machines controller. Similarly, the Universe is a large clockwork-like machine, with God as the ultimate controller.

Other machines were used for military purposes. For example, in the battle between Krishna and Salva, Salva boarded an airplane that could turn invisible. Later in the battle Krishna shot this airplane down using a sound-seeking arrow that was attracted by sound of the invisible airplane in the sky.

These weapons worked because they are sentient. They had living beings embedded within them with whom the warrior can communicate telepathically to issue commands. These cybernetic weapons are exactly what Los Alamos researchers postulate. They prove that sentient machines are indeed possible.

God & Science: the little Man in the Brain

29 September 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran proposes that the idea of a "little man" sitting in our brain observing our sense input is nonsense. Such a figure would require another "little man" sitting in his brain, and then yet another, ad infinitum. Obviously nonsense. So instead the brain must understand things at an abstract symbolic level.

The brain takes in input in a neural net similar to the logic gates of a computer chip. However, a computer chip is not consciousness. It isn't aware that it is experiencing anything. Scientists use the fact that the brain very complex (it 10 billion neuros) as an excuse. The large complexity must be where the consciousness is coming from. But how does scaling a simple pattern change anything? The brain is still fundamentally like the computer chip.

Maybe there is such a thing as a soul that sits inside the brain, reading the data it interprets and processes just like we might read a book.

God & Science: Life: Real and Artificial

28 September 2005 | 1 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Researches at Los Alamos National Laboratories study artificial life. They hope to one day build a sophisticated computer simulation that exactly mimics the real world. Even today they can hook a person's eyes up to TV-screens, feed their nose and mouth smell and taste generators, equip their hands with data-gloves and put headphones on their ears.

Researcher Tommaso Toffoli from MIT argues that a simulated collapse of a simulated bridge that is indistinguishable from a real event, is just as much "life" as "real life", as we know it.

Indeed, the Vedic literature paints a similar picture. It describes how, just like the person liked into the computer simulation by way of artificial senses, "real life" is actually an illusion and our real self is linked into it via the interface of the false ego.

Whether or not computers can even develop real consciousness is an open question. However, we can learn a lesion about so-called reality from the computer scientists' experiments.

God & Science: Paradoxes of Time and Space

24 September 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Einstein??(TM)s Theory of Relativity shows how time slows down for someone traveling close to the speed of light. This effect is known as time dilation. Time dilation also occurs when large gravitational forces are present. A person traveling into the event horizon of a black hole, for example, will, to an external observer, appear to slow down more and more as he approaches the horizon, but never actually enter it. The traveler will not notice any change in the passage of time, but the light showing his actions cannot escape the gravitational pull of the black hole, so the observer sees him in super-slow motion.

The Vedic literature has account of these kinds of relativistic time dilation effects. There is the story of King Kakudmi, who visits Lord Brahma for one hour to ask a question and find that 27 catur-yugas (27 x 4,320,000 earth years) have passed. The Brahma-vimohana-lila describes a similar time stretching pastime.

Lord Brahma is said to live near the outer shell of the Universe, near the border to the spiritual world. Could it be that the passage to the spiritual world is like the event horizon of a black hole? The closer one gets to it, the slower time passes and once one actually enters it, time ceases to exist completely.

God & Science: High Technology and the Ground of Being

23 September 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Researches at Syracuse University have demonstrated that light beams distorted by frosted glass can be reversed and restored to their original form. Similarly, a drop of ink in glycerin can be blurred and recreated by rotation. This leads to the idea that one supreme consciousness could be distributed throughout all of matter while simultaneously being a unified whole. Indeed, physicists David Bohm hints at the possibility of the structure of the Universe has we see it, being a direct result of this distributed consciousness.

The Vedic scripture called Brahma-Samhita gives an account of exactly the simultaneous oneness and difference Bohm postulates. Moreover, Srimad Bhagavatam gives accounts of subtle sound vibrations causing the space itself to unfold from an unmanifest state called pradhana. God directly causes this unfolding, but his presence is hidden in the seemingly random resultant effect (maya).

Alfred Russell Wallace, co-inventor of the theory of evolution, made a similar point to Bohm. He also believes that natural selection isn??(TM)t the whole store. Some superior intelligence must have been involved. Unifying physics and meta-physics requires an open mind, like that of these forward-thinking researchers.

God & Science: Challenges Facing Science and Religion

21 September 2005 | 1 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

In the Vaisnava tradition God takes the form of Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. In Christianity there are the similar ideas of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Both emphasis a personal supreme being. This is in contrast to the scientists such as the biologist Julian Huxley who said: ??oeI am an atheist, in the only correct sense, that I don??(TM)t believe in a supernatural being who influences natural events.??

Thompson poses the argument that both there are a lot of things that both science and religion does not know. This grey area in between the two fields should be investigated. Here are some of the issues:

God and the Laws of Physics
Isaac Newton believed that God influenced the physical reality by making small adjustments. Indeed, modern chaos theory shows that arbitrarily small changes can be used to systematically control a large, complex system.

Special Theory of Relativity
Albert Einstein??(TM)s special theory of relativity shows how time and space interact at very high speeds. They are actually just different manifestations of the same thing. Time, i.e. past, present and future, is just an illusion. Question: how and why do we consciously perceive the jumbled space and time continuum linearly?

Quantum Physics
The famous collapse of the wave function in quantum mechanism occurs completely by chance. Some people like William Pollard see this as a chance to introduce a matter-spirit interface. God could influence events by subtly adjusting the random quantum fluctuations without us noticing. However, John Polkinghorne, a physicist and priest, calls this idea far-fetched.

The Brain and Consciousness
Francis Crick has stated that all joys, sorrows, memories, ambitions, sense of identity and free will are no more physiochemical brain processes. However, thus far no one has been able to even suggest a way in which the brain??(TM)s processes can be linked to conscious experience: the redness of red.

Life after Death
John Polkinhorne, attempting to give a scientific view of the Christian doctrine of resurrection, sees the body as a machine and resurrection as the recreation of the exact pattern of physical atoms of the dead person in a different place. Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita explains that the body is a machine occupied by the soul. It transmigrates between bodies via reincarnation. Researches such as Ian Stevenson have documented a great deal of empirical evidence for such transmigration.

NDEs
Near death experiences point towards the survival of consciousness after the death of the physical body. The dying person usually sees his or her own body from above and then enters some other world with bright light, beautiful scenery, etc. However, the particular experience a person has is very dependent his or her particular religious beliefs. This suggests that the near death experience might be fabricated or imagined, although the people experiencing them attest that they are real.

UFOs
The phenomenon of alien abductions can be somewhat linked to religious texts. Powerful alien life forms might, for example, correspond to Christian angels and demons. Aliens are also remarkably similar to the Vedic demigods. These have the power to levitate, pass through solid matter, appear and disappear suddenly and mysteriously and display halos of light.

The Fossil Record
Modern Geology asserts that the earth was formed about 4.5 billion years ago and that the first humans evolved no more than 100,000 years ago. Some Christian traditions deny these numbers based on Biblical stories. Hinduism??(TM)s scriptures roughly correspond to modern figures. Carl Sagan said: ??oeThe Hindu religion is the only one of the world??(TM)s great faiths in which the time scales correspond, no doubt by accident, to those of modern scientific cosmology.??

Darwin??(TM)s Theory
Life, according to neo-Darwin theories, manifest entirely by chance. It origins of life is like a ??oeblind watchmaker??. The Roman Catholic church agrees somewhat, but proposes a guided evolution, where God gently nudges the process every once and a while. Darwin??(TM)s theory has never been able to explain how complex organs come into existence. Michael Behe has, for example, published a book explaining how the findings of biochemistry are extremely difficult to explain using Darwin??(TM)s theory. Bio-molecular evolution is not understood by modern science. Could there be some intelligent design, or has science just not yet found the mechanistic explanation?

Conclusion
Our ignorance is overwhelming. Both scientists and religionists have much to learn. We must avoid imposing a final conclusion, either from scientific rationalism or from religious dogmatism.

God & Science: the Miracle of the Milk

9 September 2005 | 2 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

On the 21th of September 1995 deities of Ganesa, Lord Siva and other were reported to be accepting offerings of spoonfuls milk. Debunkers explained the effect as capillary action of the stone stature sucking the milk out of the spoon. They say that a single small incident was blown out of all proportions by mass hysteria.

Indeed, human beings have the tendency to cheat, have imperfect senses, become illusioned and tend to make mistakes, so the events of 1995 may well have an explanation that is in-line with the laws of nature. We will never really know.

St. Augustine spoke of miracles, not as contradicting the laws of nature, but instead as merely contracting what we currently understand about the laws of nature. For example, There are numerous accounts in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and in modern times of people exhibiting mystic powers (yoga siddhis) and paranormal apparitions (ghosts). Yogis can levitate, acquire objects across large distances, transform their body, etc.

Miracles are not accepted by modern science because they contradict the laws of physics. Newton??(TM)s law of the conservation of energy, for example, does not allow macroscopic objects to be teleported. Even if numerous people give testimony of a miraculous effect, scientists will favor what the laws of physics tell them should be happening and assume the witnesses must be deluded in some way.

The best way to distinguish between actual miracles and cheating is to listen to a teacher in a bona-fide disciplic succession. Such an authorized person will not try to mislead his listeners for some ulterior motive. Example: Krishnadasa Kaviraja??(TM)s description of the Lord Caitanya??(TM)s disappearing from locked rooms, eating offerings of food across large distances, healing sick people and appearing in several places at once.

God & Science: Rational Mythology

8 September 2005 | 2 Comments | Tags:

(chapter summary from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Vivekananda Swami gave a lecture on Hinduism at the Paraliament of Religions in 1893 explaining how, in the highest state of realization, God is the impersonal Brahman. He described a philosophy of monism (advaita). Everything is ultimately one. In perfection, there is no relationship, no love, no activity, just the oneness. All religions can be reconciled, since they are ultimate all just different ways of trying to get a handle on the inconceivable oneness. Similarly, science and religion can be reconciled, since science is also just another way of interpreting and explaining the, so called, impersonal Brahman.

Into the skeptical climate of the 19th century came the Indian high-court judge and scholar Bhaktivinoda Thakura. He rejected monism as useless and proclaims that God is an eternal person. The highest goal is to "serve that Infinite Being forever spiritually in the activity of Absolute Love".

However, in order to be taken seriously enough by the scholars of the day for them to listen to his ideas, he told them that the fantastic stories of the Srimad Bhagavatam did not actually occur and were instead fabricated in order to impress simple and ignorant village people.

We could take a similar approach in presenting Krishna's pastimes by adopting a "theology of visions". The spiritual realm exists, but the only link to it is through meditation. The mythical events described in the Vedic literature did not actually occur here on earth 5000 years ago. Instead, they were injected into various sages' minds while they were meditating.

This line of argument has numerous disadvantages: first and foremost it limits the power of God. If God can only manifest himself in people's minds, then how could he have created the Universe? If he couldn't have created the Universe, then why have a concept of God at all? However, a "theology of visions" may open people's minds to the ideas of mental projects, psychic materialization, leading them to gradually accept the so-called paranormal and eventually leading them to believe in spiritual experiences.

Thompson concluded by explaining how the Bhagavatam manages to reconcile all religions: Krishna is just one particular form of God. He can, and frequently does, manifest himself in an unlimited variety of forms, depending on the desire of the worshiper.

God & Science: does God go against the Laws of Nature?

6 September 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(summary of a chapter from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Ernan McMullin is a physicists, philosopher and Catholic priest at Notre Dame University expands upon the ideas of Augustine that God created the seed of the Universe and thereby set up evolution so that everything as it is today would gradually unfold. Divine intervention only happened at the moment of the Big Bang.

Superficially this may seem to be inline with the Bhagavad-Gita. Krishna states therein that material nature acts automatically, like a machine. After all, if divine intervention happened commonly then scientists could record it (and, most likely, find a "rational" explanation for the event).

However, going deeper into the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna talks about certain elements that scientists do not (yet) accept or understand. The mind, intelligence and false ego are subtle physical elements upon which Krishna exerts direct control. From him come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness, he says.

In the 19th century physics thought itself complete, but had no idea about relativity and quantum mechanics. In the same way, present-day physicists do not understand the science of the mind and the science of consciousness, nor can they detect God's interaction with these substances.

God & Science: on God and Science

5 September 2005 | 0 Comments | Tags:

(chapter from God and Science by Richard L. Thompson)

Some scientists attempt to unify science with religion. John A. O'Keefe of NASA, Owen Gingerich of the Harvard Smithsonian and Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Studies all have expressed various way in they believe divinity has a place in science. The most popular idea is that God started the big bang ("let there be light") and, from then on, everything unfolded according to the laws of science.

However, Darwinist scientists such as Stephen Hawkings disagree. There was no "creation". God is just an idea that comes about in human society by the natural process of evolution. Religious belief is just another thing to be studied and eventually fully explained by science. Darwinism totally rejects the idea of any spiritual being controlling nature in any way. God and Darwinism are wholly incompatible.

God & Science: God and the Laws of Physics

4 September 2005 | 1 Comments | Tags:

(God and Science by Richard L. Thompson is a collection of essays and papers on those subjects. I??(TM)ll be summarizing each essay over the coming months. The book's website may be found here. Please buy the book if you want to full story and full theoretical background.)

Our consciousness is non-material, a supreme consciousness exists, which also non-material and matter exists, which is a very complex machine. We are conscious living beings with free will, but are seated as in a rollercoaster ride in our material bodies. We experience our lives, but cannot directly influence events in the material world. We may think we can lift our arm when we desire to, but actually we cannot do anything.

However, we do have the capacity to desire. This is where the supreme consciousness comes in. It acts as a link between the physical world and our spiritual consciousness. This super-conscious living being is aware of all our desires and arranges for them to be fulfilled as best possible, taking into account other people??(TM)s desires, the laws of physics, subtle laws, such as the reactions to our past activities (karma) and his own universal plan.

Well known experiments show how people can influence a random number generator simply by trying to ??oewill it?? in a certain direction. This phenomenon can easily be explained in the above model of reality. The supreme consciousness, to a certain extent, fulfills the living beings??(TM) desires for the random number generator to produce a certain output. Quantum mechanical uncertainty is the result of God making micro-adjustments in the physical world to fulfill everyone??(TM)s desire.