Case Against Accident and Self-Organization / Edition 272

Case Against Accident and Self-Organization / Edition 272

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by Dean L. Overman
     
 

In this book, Dean L. Overman uses logical principles and mathematical calculations to answer the questions that have long perplexed biologists and astrophysicists: Is it mathematically possible that accidental processes caused the formation of the first form of living matter from non-living matter? Could accidental processes have caused the formation of a universe… See more details below

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In this book, Dean L. Overman uses logical principles and mathematical calculations to answer the questions that have long perplexed biologists and astrophysicists: Is it mathematically possible that accidental processes caused the formation of the first form of living matter from non-living matter? Could accidental processes have caused the formation of a universe compatible with life? Are current self-organization scenarios for the formation of the first living matter plausible? Overman reviews the influence of metaphysical assumptions in logical analysis, and discusses the principles of logic applicable to these questions, examining the limitations of verbal and mathematical logic. He proceeds to demonstrate that it is mathematically impossible that accidental processes produced the first living matter. The author also examines other issues related to the creation of the universe, including Stephen Hawking's no boundary proposal, the need for a Creator as the preserving cause of the universe, and the explanations offered by the weak and strong anthropic principles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742511675
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Preface
Powers of Ten
Pt. IIntroduction1
Pt. IIVerbal and Mathematical Logic Relating to Questions Presented3
Pt. IIICase against Accident from Mathematical Probabilities in Molecular Biology31
Pt. IVThe Problem of Complexity: The Generation of Sufficient Information Content69
Pt. VCase against Accident from Precision of Values in Particle Astrophysics Required for the Formation of Life103
Pt. VIEthical Implications of Chance or Impersonal Beginning177
Pt. VIISummary and Conclusion181
AppSome Important Physical Values199
Notes201
Selected Bibliography227
Index237
About the Author245

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