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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

First Things
Overman's 'brief' finds implausible the claims that life evolved from nonlife by chance and that the conditions for life in the universe are without cause. . . . As clear and straightforward an argument as one can find.
The American Enterprise
Overman's Brilliant book A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization will demonstrate to any reader that the universe we know could hardly have arisen by chance.
Philosophia Christi
...impressive work.
Reformed Review, Fall 98, Vo. 52 N0. 1 - Glenn Wyper
The author has provided an eminently readable and interesting book.
Book Reviews, March 99 - Charles E. Chaffey
The writing is very clear, with hierarchic organization of numbered sections and subsections. Overman writes for the intelligent layperson, making this fine presentation of the argument for Design accessible to a wide audience.
The Washington Times - Mona Charen
For entertainment, Mr. Overman likes to ponder the origins of life on Earth, the mysteries of quantum mechanics and the nuances of particle physics. His mastery of these fields has earned him the respect and admiration of scholars from Cambridge to Harvard.
Wolfhart Pannenberg
A valuable contribution to the discussion about the relationship between natural science and theology.
Booknews
Overman (a lawyer) argues against the view that the origin of life and the origin of the universe can be explained as random events. He contends that it is mathematically impossible to calculate the level of data necessary for organic life in terms of random changes in pre- organic processes. He outlines the verbal and mathematical logic related to this subject, and considers the ethical implication of chance beginnings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742511675
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 272
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean L. Overman is the senior partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn, a large international law firm. He is the coauthor of several law books, the author of many law review articles on banking, commercial, corporate, tax, and securities laws, the author of a book on effective writing, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Preface
Powers of Ten
Pt. I Introduction 1
Pt. II Verbal and Mathematical Logic Relating to Questions Presented 3
Pt. III Case against Accident from Mathematical Probabilities in Molecular Biology 31
Pt. IV The Problem of Complexity: The Generation of Sufficient Information Content 69
Pt. V Case against Accident from Precision of Values in Particle Astrophysics Required for the Formation of Life 103
Pt. VI Ethical Implications of Chance or Impersonal Beginning 177
Pt. VII Summary and Conclusion 181
App Some Important Physical Values 199
Notes 201
Selected Bibliography 227
Index 237
About the Author 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2001

    HONESTY IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY FOR A CHANGE

    LET ME BEGIN BY STATING,THAT I FOUND THIS BOOK SO VERY REFRESHING. SERIOUS QUESTIONS ARE ASKED OF THE PROPONANTS OF ACCIDENTAL SELF ORGANIZATION. AS REGARDS TO THE ORIGIN OF LIFE ON THIS PLANET. ANY ONE WHO HAS THE COURAGE TO LAY ASIDE THEIR PREDISPOSITIONS AND IDEAOLOGIES WHICH ONE MAY HOLD DEAR. WILL DISCOVER THAT WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE AN ESTABLISHED FACT, IS INDEED FAR FROM IT! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART BUT FOR THOSE WHO ALLOW THE CHIPS TO FALL WHERE THEY MAY! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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