Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a by Greg Graffin, Steve Olson

By Greg Graffin, Steve Olson

most folks understand Greg Graffin because the lead singer of the punk band undesirable faith, yet few comprehend that he additionally got a PhD from Cornell college and teaches evolution on the collage of California at l. a.. In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin argues that paintings and technology have a deep connection. As a young person growing to be up whilst "drugs, intercourse, and bother will be had on any given night," Graffin found that the research of evolution supplied a framework wherein he can make experience of the area.

during this provocative and private publication, he describes his personal coming of age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions regarding God, technological know-how, and human lifestyles. whereas the conflict among faith and technology is usually displayed within the starkest of phrases, Anarchy Evolution presents clean and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate approximately atheism and the human situation. it's a publication for somebody who has ever questioned if God relatively exists.

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As we shall see in the next chapter, it is not even clear that the Navier-Stokes equations can be reduced to the standard particles in motion of physics. The physicists are beginning to doubt the adequacy of reductionism alone in a quiet rebellion little known outside of academic physics departments. This rebellion is an initial hint that we need to change our scientific worldview. 3 THE PHYSICISTS REBEL World-class physicists have begun to question the adequacy of reduction even within physics itself.

With more difficulty, I could specify 1 and 0 “symbols” as different levels of water in water buckets, get a bunch of graduate students to pour water back and forth according to rules I establish, and carry out a computation that way. The same computation can be carried out on the ENIAC, a monstrously large early computer with thousands of triodes connected into vast circuits. Or my laptop could do it. The Physicists Rebel 23 Anderson pointed out that since mathematically identical computations could be carried out with water buckets or a silicon chip, the computation itself is fully independent of the physical instantiation of the machine that carries it out.

It stands on its own as a statistical “law” that applies wherever there are restricted resources and descent with heritable variations. It does not need physics to be understood. Indeed, Darwin used no appeal to physics to state his idea of natural selection. It can even be stated mathematically, although it’s well known that Darwin put no equations in The Origin of Species. His law does not need physics, except in the sense that real organisms are built of some physical stuff. It is a law of biology, not of physics, and not reducible to physics alone.

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