Does the Universe Emerge from Nothingness or from Intelligent Design?

Does the universe or multi-verse emerge from randomness, nothingness, or intelligent design (ID)? Does complexity, for example that of DNA, point to ID or not?

Although the majority of scientists seem to exclude the existence of ID from the data in their specific expertise, some leave open the possibility that ID exists from the perspective of the philosophy of science. Others conjecture that human beings do not possess the ability to answer such a question.

While Albert Einstein, Werner Heinsenberg, Richard Feynmann, and contemporaries like Ken Miller of Brown University do not seem to defend ID directly, they also warn that historical perspectives and contexts of the issue should be taken into account. For example, the question becomes nuanced insofar as some reject ID mainly because they identify it with multiple divine interventions

Whether positions on the issue favor randomness or ID, none of them are immune to self-deception, indoctrination, or propaganda. Majority opinion or repetition in themselves do not make a position correct. Only critical thought can lead in that direction. Tentative conclusions: 1)It remains an open question whether things emerge from randomness, nothingness, or intelligent design. 2)The same is true as to whether or not human intelligence has the capacity to address these questions productively. Further reflection is required about both inferences. What do you think?

2 Comments

  1. Jerry Christopher November 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I suppose one doesn’t need to choose either of the positions. But to simply accept that which IS. Those who know that the Everlasting lives in them and that they and all things really are IS the Everlasting. Humanities search for the Unknown Force from which everything came and which everything currently exists and is considered to be ‘unknowable’ because it existed before words and knowledge. As the ultimate truth cannot be expressed in plain words, spiritual rituals and stories refer to it through the use of ‘metaphors’ that pretend to give a literal interpretation of what they are referring to. The answer is not to found in the illusory world but in the illuminated mind or pure mind which is within itself.

    • rhindery November 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

      Jerry, your comments lead to the matter of distinguishing divine immanence from pantheism. A traditional religious response has held that pantheists identify the universe with God reductively, whereas assertions of divine immanence attribute divine presence everywhere in the universe/multi-verse, adding that God exists within yet also transcends all of that and is not limited to the multi-verse. I think Teilhard de Chardin’s thoughts came close to the latter, as do those of mystics world-wide. From a scientific perspective alone, some would ask for evidence which would ground either set of claims, unless they rest simply on a sense of faith, rather than logic Aristotelian-style.

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