— Fortuity —

Brian Kuehmichel
July 28, 2003, Updated July 2015


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"What is random chance anyway? It is our human term that gives a name to the observation of events or circumstances the cause or source of which we are unable, or unwilling, to account for or explain."


Evidence for God — Fortuity

A. From the inability, ineptness or the improbability of random

"Mathematician William Dembski calculated that if the probability of something occurring by chance is less than one in 10150, it has no possibility of happening by chance at any time by any conceivable process throughout all of cosmic history. He further estimates that the probability of evolving the first cell (yes, just the first cell!), is no better than one in 104,478,146. (Impact magazine, November 1999)."

1. Each datum, item or mechanism stumbled upon by evolutionary chance, desultory, haphazard, hit-or-miss, indiscriminate, unplanned, fortuitous, lucky or un-expected event yields nothing meaningful — just pieces.

2. The inability of random (without definite aim, reason, pattern, or regularity, in a haphazard erratic, wandering way) to beneficially "select" anything complex.*
[*To "select" means to volitionally choose one course over another, to apply mental processes to arrive at a decision. Nature is mindless—it cannnot choose anything at all. Nature "selecting" or "natural selection" is merely a word smokescreen to obscure the intelligence necessary to select, which clearly indexes creation by design with life-processes working according to their design.]

"Chance is at the root of the whole edifice of evolution. It is an entirely blind process . . . no end in sight. Pure trial and error as a problem-solving device is useless in every field." Denton, Michael, Puzzle of the Ancient Wing, Man Alive Series, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. MCMLXXXI. [bold emphasis mine]

3. From fortuity, chance or happenstance designing or producing nothing meaningful.

4. The inability of random (having no particular pattern, purpose, organization, structure) to explain anything complex.

"Biological research continues to uncover details within the many biological pathways and provide insight into the ways in which different pathways are interconnected. There is already a mind-boggling degree of complexity known for many pathways, and this is only a fraction of the even greater number of pathways and interactions that exist. This complexity is entirely inconsistent with the idea that life could have arisen by chance, random processes. In fact, life has the hallmarks of excellent design by an ingenious designer." Lightner, Jean K., The height of genome-wide association studies and what they tell us, Journal of Creation 25(1):25, 2011 [bold emphasis mine]

5. The inability of Natural Selection to choose, recognize or discern something as more favorable than another.

"The trick is: How do you talk about natural selection without implying the rigidity of law? We use it as almost an active participant, almost like a god. In fact, you could sustitute the word 'God' for 'natural selection' in a lot of of evolutionary writings, and you'd think you were listening to a theologian. It's a routine we know doesn't exist, but we teach it anyway: genetic mutation and some active force choose the most favorable one." Biello, D. 2010 Darwin Was a Punk. Scientific American 303 (5):28 [bold emphasis mine]

B. From fortuity, chance or happenstance collecting or collating nothing meaningful. [See: www.icr.org/article/probability-order-versus-evolution/]

1. The inability of random (lack of rationality) to collate, structure, organize, derive or manipulate any data in a meaningful way.

"This means that, whenever one sees any kind of real ordered complexity in nature, particularly as found in living systems, he can be sure this complexity was designed." Probability and Order Versus Evolution by Henry Morris, Ph.D. [See above: Teleological, II. E. 1. a.]

2. The inability of random processes to explain the integrated complexity of hearing (hammer, anvil, stirrup, cochlea, etc.), seeing (lens, iris, eye muscles, retina, nerve endings for black & white and color), smelling, tasting, the circulatory & lymphatic system and much more.

3. The inability of random to explain the data collection of our five senses, the expectation of reliable memory, complex thought processes, rationality and reasoning, processing ideas with logic, mathematical integration, subtleties of language, and much more.

"[R]esearch teams have come to appreciate the awesome complexity of human senses and information processing. "'The retina of one eye has roughly 100 million specialized vision cells and four layers of neurons, all capable of doing about ten billion calculations a second.' All told, about 60% of the brain's cortex, the so-called thinking cap on top of the brain, is involved in handling visual information — a computational task that it would take 100,000 Cray supercomputers to handle" Quote from: money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1987/09/14/69533/index.htm [from year 1987]

4. From the law of increasing entropy, disorder will increase in a system and disorder is more probable than any specific order or pattern.

5. Since random (having no particular pattern, purpose, organization, structure) is unable to explain anything complex (the reverse of entropy, i.e. biochemical systems1), the structure and information contained in all living matter requires something much higher than random2, something with creative capacity (energy to organize) and purpose (particular patterns in mind).

[1. "Biochemical systems are exceedingly complex, so much so that the chance of their being formed through random shuffling is...insensibly different from zero. ... There must be `...an intelligence, which designed the biochemical and gave rise to the origin of carbonaceous life.`" Evolution From Space, Sir Fred Hoyle

2. "Instead of finding the gradual unfolding of life, what geologists of Darwin's time, and geologists of the present day actually find is a highly uneven or jerky record; that is, species appear in the sequence very suddenly, show little or no change during their existence in the record, then abruptly go out of the record. And it is not always clear, in fact it's rarely clear, that the descendants were actually better adapted than their predecessors. In other words, biological improvement is hard to find." David M. Raup, Conflicts Between Darwin and Paleontology, Bulletin of the Field Museum of Natural History, V. 50, January 1979, pp. 23. [bold emphasis mine]]

C. From random, unguided process unable to explain the programmed cell death (PCD) within developing multicellular animals.

One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all ... To be forced to believe only one conclusion - that everything in the universe happened by chance - would violate the very objectivity of science itself. What random process could produce the brains of a man or the system of a human eye? It is in scientific honesty that I endorse the presentation of alternative theories of the origin of the universe, life, and man in the classroom. It would be an error to overlook the possibility that the universe was planned rather than happened by chance. Dr. Wehner von Braun, Applied Christianity, Bible-Science Newsletter, May 1974, p.8.

1. Cells designedly and purposefully sacrifice themselves (PCD) to attain the organism's developmental target. [PCD, programmed cell death, is accomplished by processes of apoptosis, autophagy, excitotoxity and anoikis as applicable for the organism's successful development.]

2. Cells prepare a structure or scaffold and then tear down the unneccesary parts when sufficient development is attained.

3. The immune system does not treat these structure facilitator cells as rogue cells until the organsim reaches a predetermined maturity level.

4. All nucleated cells carry the self-destruct trigger mechanism as a safeguard against abnormal replication.

5. Specific cells, especially in the exoderm, continue to perform these duties in the mature organism (Example: cornification for skin cell replacement).

D. Random is unable to account for these these required aspects of successful human life with all of this occuring in the same time period. Some questions to ponder ...

1. Stable fixed universe

2. Suitable terrestrial habitation

3. Limited solar radiation

4. Appropriate atmosphere

5. Tolerable climate

6. Sufficient diversity and growth of food

a. Living in close proximity,

b. Compatible for each organism,

c. Who know what it is for . . .

7. Materials for clothing

8. Adequate shelter

9. Provision for recycling of waste products (bacterial decompostion, etc.)

10. Two separate compatible individuals (male and female) to procreate.

a. Arriving in the same time period,

b. Living in close proximity,

c. Knowing how & willing to procreate (multiple times),

d. Rearing their offspring to maturity,

e. Having both male and female offspring,

f. Who would do similar things . . .

E. The adaptibility (or self-adjusting) of organisms to fill unique and diverse niches is consistent with design. Engineered Adaptibility

1. The unmistakeable parallels between biological features and human designed things,

2. Designed entities contain a minimum system to possess adaptable function,

a. Component(s) to gather external stimuli or data,

b. Internal data storage program to reference with logical processor to compare inputs against, and

c. Pathway(s) to initiate actions in response to results of processed data.

3. Capacity to maintain function in varying conditions,

4. Ability to recognize, repair, and resist damage thru selection of defense/protective mechanisms in varying combinations of:

a. Brute force resistance,

b. Passive flexure, and

c. Avoidance.


Resources:

The Probability of Evolution
Crytography Requires A Miracle To Defeat
Theistic Evolution Critique - The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis



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