By Stuart A. Kauffman
Give some thought to the complexity of a dwelling phone after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it extra extraordinary to believe transcendent God formed the mobilephone at a stroke, or to gain that it advanced with out Almighty Hand, yet arose by itself within the altering biosphere? during this daring and clean examine technological know-how and faith, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues that the traits of divinity that we revere—creativity, which means, functional action—are homes of the universe that may be investigated methodically. He bargains lovely facts for this concept in an abundance of fields, from mobilephone biology to the philosophy of brain, and makes use of it to discover universal flooring among trust platforms frequently at odds with each other. A bold and impressive argument for a brand new figuring out of normal divinity, Reinventing the Sacred demanding situations readers either scientifically and philosophically.
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How could the physicist “deduce” the evolution of the biosphere? One approach would be, following Newton, to write down the equations for the evolution of the biosphere The Nonreducibility of Biology to Physics 37 and solve them. This cannot be done. We cannot say ahead of time what novel functionalities will arise in the biosphere. —to put into our equations. The Newtonian scientific framework where we can prestate the variables, the laws among the variables, and the initial and boundary conditions, and then compute the forward behavior of the system, cannot help us predict future states of the biosphere.
And random cosmic rays from outer space, quantum phenomena, cause mutations that may become heritable variations and participate in evolution. Thus any simulation of the evolution of the biosphere must include both earthbound quantum events and cosmic rays arriving from distant, unknown regions of space. It is clear at the outset that the random arrival of cosmic rays from anywhere in spacetime able to causally influence us on earth, that is, our past light cone, is completely unpredictable. ” Thus such a simulation is impossible and the physicist cannot even get started on her simulation.
Alan Turing proved years ago that most real numbers could not be computed—that is, he showed that there was no effective procedure, or algorithm, to compute them. Algorithms cannot do everything—they The Nonreducibility of Biology to Physics 39 cannot compute most real irrational numbers. This will be of interest when we consider whether the mind is algorithmic. And it bears on the philosophers’ idea of supervenience, the infinite list of statements in the lower-level language that can replace the higher-level statement.
Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion by Stuart A. Kauffman