Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Where Did the Universe Come From-5

Today I introduce to you one of the most powerful science presentations I have ever heard.
I listened to Hugh Ross give this presentation on atape while I was driving down Interstate 88 in Chicagoone night. As I listened, light bulbs were firing offin my head all over the place.
So what's the big deal about this? Here's what you'll discover as you listen:
-The delicate balance of vast forces in the universe,necessary for life to exist
-Why planet earth is so extremely special in its abilityto support life
-The very measurement of the entire universe in all itsmagnificence, made possible only within the last 15 years
-A fascinating place where science and theology cometogether in perfect agreement
Now there's one more thing I want to tell you aboutthis talk: It was recorded in 1994.
Now why would I give you something called "New ScientificEvidence" if it's more than 15 years old?
Here's why: Because unlike most things 15 years old--with only a couple of exceptions, the information Hugh Ross shares here has been shown to be even *more* accurate today than it was back then. One of the hallmarks of a successful scientific model is that it holds up for years and even decades, even while scholars debate it. I've been following Dr. Ross and his work, and virtually every fact he discusses here has been further strengthened and validated by all the physics and astronomy discoveries in the years since.
On this link you'll find both the audio recording andthe printed transcript. You can read it online, print it out, listen on your computer, burn it to a CD, or download this to your MP3 player. Go here now:

Where did the Universe come from-4

See this email I just sent you, that you're readingright now? This email is proof of the existence of God.
Yeah, I know, that sounds crazy. But I'm not asking you to believe anything just yet, until you see the evidence for yourself. All I ask is that you refrain from disbelieving while I show you my proof. It only takes a minute to convey, but it speaks to one of the most important questions of all time.
So how is this email proof of the existence of God?
This email you're reading contains letters, words andsentences. It contains a message that means something.As long as you can read English, you can understand whatI'm saying.
You can do all kinds of things with this email. Youcan read it on your computer screen. You can print it out onyour printer. You can read it out loud to a friend who's in the same room as you are. You can call your friend and read it to her over the telephone. You can save it as a Microsoft WORD document. You can forward it to someone via email, or youcan post it on a website.
Regardless of how you copy it or where you send it,the information remains the same. My email contains a message.It contains information in the form of language. The messageis independent of the medium it is sent in.
Messages are not matter, even though they can be carried by matter (like printing this email on a piece of paper).
Messages are not energy even though they can be carried by energy (like the sound of my voice.)
Messages are immaterial. Information is itself a unique kind of entity. It can be stored and transmitted and copied in many forms, but the meaning still stays the same.
Messages can be in English, French or Chinese.Or Morse Code. Or mating calls of birds. Or the Internet. Or radio or television. Or computer programs or architectblueprints or stone carvings. Every cell in your bodycontains a message encoded in DNA, representing a complete plan for you.
OK, so what does this have to do with God?
It's very simple. Messages, languages, and codedinformation ONLY come from a mind. A mind thatagrees on an alphabet and a meaning of words andsentences. A mind that expresses both desire andintent.
Whether I use the simplest possible explanation,such as the one I'm giving you here, or if we analyzelanguage with advanced mathematics and engineering communication theory, we can say this with total confidence:
"Messages, languages and coded information never, ever come from anything else besides a mind. No one has ever produced a single example of a message that did not come from a mind."
Nature can create fascinating patterns - snowflakes,sand dunes, crystals, stalagmites and stalactites. Tornadoes and turbulence and cloud formations.
But non-living things cannot create language. They*cannot* create codes. Rocks cannot think and theycannot talk. And they cannot create information.
It is believed by some that life on planet earth arose accidentally from the "primordial soup," the early ocean which produced enzymes and eventually RNA, DNA, and primitive cells.
But there is still a problem with this theory: It fails to answer the question, 'Where did the information come from?'
DNA is not merely a molecule. Nor is it simply a "pattern."Yes, it contains chemicals and proteins, but those chemicals are arranged to form an intricate language, in the exact same way that English and Chinese and HTML are languages. DNA has a four-letter alphabet, and structures very similar to words, sentences and paragraphs. With very precise instructions and systems that check for errors and correct them.
To the person who says that life arose naturally, you need only ask: "Where did the information come from?Show me just ONE example of a language that didn't come from a mind."
As simple as this question is, I've personally presented it in public presentations and Internet discussion forums for more than four years. I've addressed more than 100,000 people, including hostile, skeptical audiences who insist that life arose without the assistance of God.
But to a person, none of them have ever been able to explain where the information came from. This riddle is "So simple any child can understand; so complex, no atheist can solve."
You can hear or read the full presentation on this topic at
Watch it on video:
Matter and energy have to come from somewhere. Everyone can agree on that. But information has to come from somewhere, too!
Information is separate entity, fully on par with matter and energy. And information can only come from a mind. If books and poems and TV shows come from human intelligence, then allliving things inevitably came from a superintelligence.
Every word you hear, every sentence you speak, everydog that barks, every song you sing, every email you read,every packet of information that zings across the Internet, is proof of the existence of God. Because informationand language always originate in a mind.
In the beginning were words and language.
In the Beginning was Information.
When we consider the mystery of life - where it came from and how this miracle is possible - do we not at the same time ask the question where it is going, and what its purpose is?
Respectfully Submitted,
Perry Marshall

Where did the Universe come from-3

In your kitchen cabinet, you've probably got a spraybottle with an adjustable nozzle. If you twist the nozzleone way, it sprays a fine mist into the air. You twist the nozzle the other way, it squirts a jet of waterin a straight line. You turn that nozzle to the exactposition you want so you can wash a mirror, clean upa spill, or whatever.
If the universe had expanded a little faster, the matter would have sprayed out into space like finemist from a water bottle - so fast that a gazillionparticles of dust would speed into infinity and never even form a single star.
If the universe had expanded just a little slower, the material would have dribbled out like big drops of water,then collapsed back where it came from by the forceof gravity.
A little too fast, and you get a meaninglessspray of fine dust. A little too slow, and the wholeuniverse collapses back into one big black hole.
The surprising thing is just how narrow the differenceis. To strike the perfect balance between too fast andtoo slow, the force, something that physicists call "the Dark Energy Term" had to be accurate to one part in ten with 120 zeros.
If you wrote this as a decimal, the number wouldlook like this:
In their paper "Disturbing Implications of a Cosmological Constant" two atheist scientists from Stanford University stated that the existence of this dark energy term would have required a miracle... "An unknown agent" intervened in cosmic history "for reasons of its own."
Just for comparison, the best human engineeringexample is the Gravity Wave Telescope, which was built witha precision of 23 zeros. The Designer, the 'externalagent' that caused our universe must possess an intellect,knowledge, creativity and power trillions and trillionsof times greater than we humans have.
Absolutely amazing.
Now a person who doesn't believe in God has to find some way to explain this. One of the more common explanations seems to be "There was an infinite number of universes, so itwas inevitable that things would have turned out rightin at least one of them."
The "infinite universes" theory is truly an amazing theory. Just think about it, if there is an infinite number of universes, then absolutely everything is not only possible...It's actually happened!
It means that somewhere, in some dimension, there isa universe where the Chicago Cubs won the World Series lastyear. There's a universe where Jimmy Hoffa doesn't get cement shoes; instead he marries Joan Rivers and becomes President of the United States. There's even a universe where Elvis kicks his drug habit and stillresides at Graceland and sings at concerts. Imaginethe possibilities!
I might sound like I'm joking, but actually I'm deadserious. To believe an infinite number of universesmade life possible by random chance is to believe everythingelse I just said, too.
Some people believe in God with a capital G.
And some folks believe in Chance with a Capital C.
Tomorrow's installment: "If you can read this email,I can prove to you that God exists." Sound a little bold?Tune in tomorrow - same time, same station.
Respectfully Submitted,
Perry Marshall

Where did the Universe come from-2

The Big Bang theory was totally rejected at first.But those who supported it had predicted that the ignitionof the Big Bang would have left behind a sort of 'hot flash' of radiation.
If a big black wood stove produces heat that youcan feel, then in a similar manner, the Big Bang should produce its own kind of heat that would echo throughout the universe.
In 1965, without looking for it, two physicists atBell Labs in New Jersey found it. At first, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were bothered because, whiletrying to refine the world's most sensitive radio antenna,they couldn't eliminate a bothersome source of noise.They picked up this noise everywhere they pointed theantenna.
At first they thought it was bird droppings. Theantenna was so sensitive it could pick up the heatof bird droppings (which certainly are warm whenthey're brand new) but even after cleaning it off,they still picked up this noise.
This noise had actually been predicted in detail by other astronomers, and after a year of checking and re-checking the data, they arrived at a conclusion: This crazy Big Bang theory really was correct.
In an interview, Penzias was asked why there was so much resistance to the Big Bang theory.
He said, "Most physicists would rather attempt todescribe the universe in ways which require no explanation.And since science can't *explain* anything - it can only*describe* things - that's perfectly sensible. If youhave a universe which has always been there, you don'texplain it, right?
"Somebody asks you, 'How come all the secretaries in your company are women?' You can say, 'Well, it's always been that way.' That's a way of not having to explain it. So in the same way, theories which don't require explanation tend to be the onesaccepted by science, which is perfectly acceptable and the best way to make science work."
But on the older theory that the universe was eternal, he explains: "It turned out to be so ugly that peopledismissed it. What we find - the simplest theory - isa creation out of nothing, the appearance out of nothing of the universe."
Penzias and his partner, Robert Wilson, won the NobelPrize for their discovery of this radiation. The BigBang theory is now one of the most thoroughly validated theories in all of science.
Robert Wilson was asked by journalist Fred Heeren if the Big Bang indicated a creator.
Wilson said, "Certainly there was something thatset it all off. Certainly, if you are religious, I can'tthink of a better theory of the origin of the universeto match with Genesis."
Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment: "Why theBig Bang was the most precisely planned event inall of history."
Perry Marshall

Where did the Universe come from-1

100 years ago, Albert Einstein publishedthree papers that rocked the world. These papersproved the existence of the atom, introduced thetheory of relativity, and described quantummechanics.
Pretty good debut for a 26 year old scientist, huh?
His equations for relativity indicated that the universewas expanding. This bothered him, because if it wasexpanding, it must have had a beginning and a beginner.Since neither of these appealed to him, Einstein introduceda 'fudge factor' that ensured a 'steady state' universe,one that had no beginning or end.
But in 1929, Edwin Hubble showed that the furthestgalaxies were fleeing away from each other, just as the Big Bang model predicted. So in 1931, Einstein embraced what would later be known as the Big Bang theory, saying, "This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened." He referred to the 'fudge factor' to achieve a steady-state universe as the biggest blunder of his career.
As I'll explain during the next couple of days, Einstein's theories have been thoroughly proved and verified by experiments and measurements. But there'san even more important implication of Einstein's discovery.Not only does the universe have a beginning, but timeitself, our own dimension of cause and effect, beganwith the Big Bang.
That's right -- time itself does not exist beforethen. The very line of time begins with that creationevent. Matter, energy, time and space were createdin an instant by an intelligence outside of spaceand time.
About this intelligence, Albert Einstein wrotein his book "The World As I See It" that the harmony of natural law "Reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection."*
He went on to write, "Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe--a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble."*

Perry Marshall

Thought Power

Be careful of your thoughts. Whatever you send out of your mind, comes back to you. Every thought you think, is a boomerang. If you hate another, hate will come back to you. If you love others, love will come back to you. An evil thought is thrice cursed. First, it harms the thinker by doing injustice to his mental body. Secondly, it harms the person who is its object. Lastly, it harms all mankind by vitiating the whole mental atmosphere.
Every evil thought is as a sword drawn on the person to whom it is directed. If you entertain thoughts of hatred, you are really a murderer of that man against whom you foster thoughts of hatred. You are your own suicide, because these thoughts rebound upon you only. A mind tenanted by evil thoughts acts as a magnet to attract like thoughts from others and thus intensifies the original evil. Evil thoughts thrown into the mental atmosphere poison receptive minds. To dwell on an evil thought gradually deprives it of its repulsiveness and impels the thinker to perform an action which embodies it.
Very carefully watch all your thoughts. Suppose you are assailed by gloomy thoughts. You experience depression. Take a small cup of milk or tea. Sit calmly. Close your eyes. Find out the cause for the depression and try to remove the cause. The best method to overcome the gloomy thoughts and the consequent depression, is to think of inspiring thoughts and inspiring things. Remember again, positive overcomes negative. This is a grand effective law of nature. [...]
The science of thought power is very interesting and subtle. This thought-world is more real relatively than this physical universe. The power of thought is very great. Every thought of yours has a literal value to you in every possible way. The strength of your body, the strength of your mind, your success in life and the pleasures you give to others by your company - all depend on the nature and quality of your thoughts. You must know thought-culture, and develop thought power.
--Swami Sivananda, in 'Thought Power'


"[...] I now live a life wherein I love smiling (I mean REALLY love to smile), so much so that my university students have nicknamed me 'the Queen of happiness'; I love helping others and transferring positive vibes. For me, I may not always have money, clothes or food to share with another person, but as long as I'm alive, I'll ALWAYS have the will and ability to touch the heart and soul of another, through my simple act of smiling. Which, in turn, will give someone else every reason to smile :)" --MsSmiley

Disturb Me, Please!

In graduate school, I had one professor who encouraged us to notice what surprised or disturbed us. If we were surprised by some statement, it indicated we were assuming that something else was true. If we were disturbed by a comment, it indicated we held a belief contrary to that. Noticing what disturbs me has been an incredibly useful lens into my interior, deeply held beliefs. When I'm shocked at another's position, I have the opportunity to see my own position in greater clarity. When I hear myself saying "How could anyone believe something like that?!" a doorway has opened for me to see what I believe. These moments of true disturbance are great gifts. In making my beliefs visible, they allow me to consciously choose them again, or change them.
What if we were to be together and listen to each other's comments with a willingness to expose rather than to confirm our own beliefs and opinions? What if we were to willingly listen to one another with the awareness that we each see the world in unique ways? And with the expectation that I could learn something new if I listen for the differences rather than the similarities?
We have this opportunity many times in a day, everyday. What might we see, what might we learn, what might we create together, if we become this kind of listener, one who enjoys the differences and welcomes in disturbance? I know we would be delightfully startled by how much difference there is. And then we would be wonderfully comforted by how much closer we became, because every time we listen well, we move towards each other. From our new thoughts and our new companions, we would all become wiser.
It would be more fruitful to explore this strange and puzzling world if we were together. It would also be far less frightening and lonely. We would be together, brought together by our differences rather than separated by them. When we are willing to be disturbed by newness rather than clinging to our certainty, when we are willing to truly listen to someone who sees the world differently, then wonderful things happen. We learn that we don't have to agree with each other in order to explore together. There is no need to be joined together at the head, as long as we are joined together at the heart.

- By Margaret Wheatley