THE GODS OF NATURALISM HAVE NO GO!
The Bugle of Creation to the Belligerence of the World
Ranging in Reality -
a Good Change
from Corruption through Philosophy,
when it comes to Science and Reason alike
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Published July 2009
Extended September 2009 - May 2010
Chapters 36-53 of the 6 Volume Work
In this, the 5th Volume of the Tetrad, THE GODS OF NATURALISM HAVE NO GO, the work as assigned for the set is described as before, in the Preface to the set. To find this follow the link above.
As this volume makes of the tetrad a pentad, the latter as a set has its own ISBN, which is 978-0-9806750-2-3.
This last volume deals with matter in its bits and mind in its conceptual grandeur, as with spirit in its dispositional, roving and elemental ascertainments. This, the spiritual dynamic, in its own domain, is near to God in this, that it may seek Him, and if where He may be found, find Him; but the intimacy available is of little use to man in his present position, for he is divorced, unless it be remedied.
With all that, then, the glorious and the inglorious, the potential and the disablement, man is yet capable of being re-conjoined with the Maker of 'nature', that is creation, of which man is a fallen, and increasingly forlorn part, for all his machismo, braggadocio and impenitence on the grand scale.
In this volume, the halls of reason, order, conspectus, perspective, necessity, liberty, and the domains of matter, mind and spirit, with conscience and the pathologies of equivocation, the logical parallels in antilogy and antinomy are all explained, as befits what is taken both from and to the written word of God the Bible. On the one hand, it is demonstrated; on the other, it is applied and verified. In all the elements of man, without plausible but impossible reductionisms (mere wilful incursions and exclusions by will), or casual assumptions.
While special and specific in major focus, this work is part of the entire assemblage, and hence moves with the other emphases in their own broad fields, in particular, of
Deity and Design, Designation and Destiny,
Light Dwells with the Lord's Christ,
Who Answers Riddles and Where He is, Darkness Departs).
In view of the addition to the formerly four volume set, the Appendix to Volume 4, with its 3 chapters, has now become part of Volume 5. Since there are many more relevant chapters now written, since the publication of the tetrad in June - September 2006, this is the best course to follow.
This makes The gods of naturalism have no go! a pentad. It has its own ISBN as shown above. Its reference name is NOGO PENTAD.
The total contents of Volume 5 are about 850,000 words or some 2000 pages.
The scope for these Chapters is from December 2007 to July 2009: later extended to November 2010 and June 2011. They proceed on from the earlier Chapters in the first four volumes.
The entire Set, In Praise of Christ Jesus, is now of some 24 million words and 60,000 pages and has 198 volumes.
The Nano-Particle was So Particular!
The Delightful Declamation: the Magnificence of Pure Mercy
This with Chapter 37 involves allegory to the point, and then dialogue concerning it.
It is from Mini-Messages with Maxi-Impact Ch. 5. See also Ch. 48 below.
The Plastic and the Key
This Chapter is from Mini-Messages with Maxi-Impact Ch. 9.
The Lavish Luxury of Creative Thought
Creative Exemplars and Creation:
Love's Gift and Life's Lord
In this Chapter, we see sovereignty and creativity is a blessed bond of empirical and revelatory testimony, coherent, verificatory as always in all domains, of the presence, power and procedures of God, and their correlative creaturely correlatives in man.
This Chapter is from Grand Biblical Perspectives Ch. 3, Appendix .
╬ From Chapter 39 on, at this stage, instead of having separate Chapter Files, we have Chapter hyperlinks in this file, concerning the contents of 39- 56.
This Chapter is from Evidence and Reality,
The Prince and the Proof, Constant Christian Faith
and the Fickle Frenzy of Force
Chs. 2, 5, 6, 7 .
As this would constitute a large file, it seems best to leave the access to these chapters as above, and simply to characterise the contribution they make, at this point.
There is here much concentration on scientific method, its proprieties, contribution, abuse and limitations, on logic and its more comprehensive contribution allowing demonstration that the word of God is just that, on spirit and its nature and evidence and its correlation in a trilogy of testimony from mind, matter and spirit which not only conjoin in their operational functionalities and felicities, but adjoin their Creator God, whose has given not alone their specific and specialised domains and cosmoi, but read these into them in collaborative commission.
With these go very well the earlier Chapters:
Dig Deeper, Higher Soar, Divine Glory Delights the More Ch. 1 (dealing with elements of astronomy in a cosmic setting), Ch. 2 (of very broad coverage, including some rigorous treatment of definitional aspects of design); Lively Lessons ... Ch. 5, specialising in astronomical themes (October 2009 addition); and
The Majestic Might of the Merciful Messiah Ch. 6, where there is an angelic conversation imagined, aiding perspective beyond the smog of contrary coalescings of concepts and empty arguments. .
The coverage of all such issues in Deity and Design ..., a work of around 2.7 millions words, is rather comprehensive, but this current Volume 5 of The gods of naturalism have no 'go'! includes later works, and is a good additive.
Chapter 40 ... this and the Chapters 41-49 are as presented below, and hence have no hyperlinks.
Mini-Messages with Maxi-Point for the Call of Christ Ch. 2, Ch. 6,
Happy Hitches and Holy Healings,
Godless Glitches and Divine Dealings Ch. 2,
Evidence and Reality ...Ch. 3,
The Holocaust of Morality ... Ch. 3 December 2008,
On the DNA aspect, all the above except Mini-Messages ... Ch. 2 speak, extending the applications or placing them in varied perspectives. There is also a combination of considerations at many levels in these chapters.
As to the DNA, it needs to be realised clearly that when you have information about information, a dictionary, phrase book or semantic aid, as it were for use with words to secure their due apprehension so that the apt results might accrue from each word, in fact a symbol, in the coded section, you have a double-system. The uncoded DNA, itself a huge section of the whole, is now being seen to have huge meta-conditions for the commands of coded DNA, and with this meta-material, the information, the commands themselves, there are double and correlative systematics, which deserve thought.
Thus if a dictionary to give the equivalent of meanings, syntax or the like, is needed as reference point for the interpretation or construction of commands, the combination of code and code about code in two separable elements of the system, one ministering to the other, then there is a tableau, a collateral, like legal documents and land, each apposite. The combination however has to have contextual collation to have meaning.
This means that the build-up, imaginary and contra-evidential as it is, of any ONE system is valueless UNLESS it is accompanied by the other system already OPERATIONAL with felicity, so that ANYTHING in the parallel system may be secured in effect, and made meaningful, rather than mumbling about nothing signified.
To have a dictionary on the one hand, fully operational, and a command, on the other, to be acutely and reliably interpreted and disposed, so that each new command imagined to be falling from heaven or any other place, is gifted with this meta-master provision, to add to its own felicity with symbols, so that each may accomplish with distinction just what it is coded to do, surpasses the normal abandonment of experimental reality for magic.
This is like a drugged consciousness, relentless with a drunken sardonism, as when drunks become obstinate and self-assured: it becomes a matter imagining dictionary and language, the one to tell and the other to be told, each in the same mode, with the same type of language coding concepts and super-concepts implicit as building constraints. Moreover the telling about the mode and meaning of telling as well as the telling what to do, both these have to be recopied with each new birth of nucleated cells.
Here is not only the motion to make magic king, but nonsense LORD. A sound system in the same milieu as a similarly sound system being built in terms of that milieu, so that the second requires the first, and both require highly workable results, is a dealing with systematics as the actual, perceptible topic. When therefore non-systematics as the assumed and imagined topic, is made to appear even slightly relevant, this becomes a work of contrariety so vast as to bring the smile. Here is the pandemonium of obstinate philosophy at work, irrelevant. It simply does not relate.
Here are not 'bits' (concerning the philosophy of which, see Ch. 47 below), but systems in alliance, conceptual uniformity in liaison, and the one to be reliable before the other can operate. We have now books being written for rules, and rules by books, and the master concept is RULES and COMMANDS, the two joined, which for such co-operation becomes the synthesis of semantics and command. ALL of this is in the field of mind, nothing in the least to do with materially investigable realities. To get a dictionary and start relating to it as you go, or a correct usage for codes compilation, and to go in this phase, it is all a work of purpose, of reason, of application and of constraint over all.
A mind is necessarily at work, and whatever man may be minded to do with his own mind, mindlessness is not really a bright idea for the concept of the cause of this phenomenon, any more than it is for the vastly MORE complex mind of man, let alone his spirit, the whole domain of which is understanding, meaning, will, perspective, oversight, overview, thrust with ideas and connotation and operation in terms of comprehension allied to apprehension and desire. That in its own turn, relates to design, what man seeks, and the view taken of what is to be obtained, whether for love or hatred or anything else IN THIS DOMAIN.
Man is not enabled to make designs, both in purpose and in various matrices, because he is not one, but rather because not only is his set-up a design, but a meta-design, which can designate designs, imagine and invent them, by man's mind and spirit: all with a magnificent facility as one moving in a domain wholly set up, fully operational with the components of intellection, inspection, innovation, imagination and purpose all coherently present. To effect designs, these qualities and powers given man are MAKING the composition workable. Imagined means are used in connection with those actually available. The results is thus contrived.
Such glorious workability in domains beyond a given realm, such astounding brilliance in what is posited causally as the non-mental, it is an attribution like that of a corrupt politician, carefully giving to a groomed relative, corruptly. It is in this case a position about which the candidate not only knows nothing, but where he does not even possess the type of intellection required. He is outside his field altogether.
Domain indifference is only one of the leeches which destroys man's reductionist models (cf. Repent or Perish Ch. 7, Glory, Vainglory and Goodness Ch. 1). It is rather like a fashion parade in which the various models are, by an oversight, all scare-crows; and what scary scare-crows these are! Each one says to the other, Oh, I say (Darwin was British), you DO look a fright.... except of course that speech is their problem, these materialist fops who wave, and wander without mind, code experts, dropped by fantasy into the inferno of loose ideas.
Bewilderment, Bedazzlement, Bedevilment
or the Beauty of Christ's Holiness Ch. 3, Ch. 6
Causes, Kinds, Components, Expositions and Impositions in creation: the necessity of regarding what is there, not being airy-fairy about things, as if a divorced spouse were to accuse the former mate of being scarcely human, a mere stand with dresses on, hypnotised by convention and so forth. It is not really relevant to stampede with words: you DO need to face facts, and in the face of it, creation is not really given to the simplistic, the reductionist or the bedeviled. It has a vast hinterland of principles, powers and functions, with a provision for determination BY man which is not less because it is so frequently ill-used. In view of his moral and aesthetic, spiritual and moral capacities, it is truly remarkable, like a ruined horse, how he increasingly shows himself degraded almost past recognition.
That however is precisely the Bible's speech concerning this design. called man, who having the powers to design and designate to a point, tries to turn the point into a plateau. Humility is not just a moral criterion; it is essential for man; and it includes a willingness to be instructed by the Instructor who caused it all.
These Chapters jointly also include the concept of a REALITY CHECK, and check-mates irrelevant assault on spiritual life, while showing the need of that very divinely dowered vitality, as something not casual for the spiritual aesthete, but necessary for the human race.
There is also the crucial concept of META-DESIGN with man in view, raised in a dialogue situation, exhibiting the nature of God, of man and of liberty, the impact of love and removing confusions so that the wonder of the Designer, the Meta-Designer might be clear apart from the elaborate confusions which some have lingering in their midst, like those who are never free of the croup, the fevers, the inflammations and the infections of pathologies innumerable, like those staggering in daze amid the haze, dim within and walking as in a dream (cf. Jeremiah 23). Alas for man, such is more than possible, and nothing makes it impermissible but divine deliverance.
The Holocaust of Morality and the Coming of Christ the King
Ch. 2. October 2008
Here we have the fascinating concept, biblically derived, of DE-CONSTRUCTION, used as an index for what is required in construction.
Ch. 3 of The Holocaust ... appears in our Ch. 40 above.
The Secular, the Sacred and the Sublime Ch. 4, Ch. 5, Ch. 6
Let us take each of these Chapters, noted above, in turn.
Chapter 4 removes the hiding places of unreason when we face the concept of meaning and the intra-systematic necessities which in their domain, are prelude to power.
Chapter 5 defines its interest as follows:
When regarding all that is before us, in ourselves, our world and its universe, we have considered in Ch. 4 some of the implications founded on empirical reality and logical method, with scientific modes in view. Now let us go into the internals of living things a little more, for a little forgetful of outside implications, merely surveying the depths, like one who having been an astronaut, decides for an excursion, to investigate the depths, relatively small though they be. We shall start with a visit to conceptual realism.
Chapter 6 has a somewhat comprehensive approach to variety in creation. The following excerpt gives an initial indication.
There is the bat with its sophistication of apparatus and its mosquito quenching powers a marvel, diligent in small things and making a difference by agility in the air and disregard of the apparently impossible, while careless of its appearance, and not easy for co-operation.
At the other end of the scale, there is the whale with its gentle play and hard times with the octopus, an harassed giant, the porpoise with its intelligence and glorious agility, the snake with its abased hiddenness ready to abase what is lofty, the scorpion with its fixtures of disfavour, ready to inflict harm as a vocation, the white ant with its devastating persistence out of sight: and all these things have a message.
Within their panoramas of performance, there is now mockery of man's strutting, exposure of his deviousness, expression of his loftiness, derogation of his sloth, his greed, his cunning, his unillustrious devastations and massed group powers to inflict evil.
Now there is admiration for diligent industry, abhorrence of the disgustingly abased and abasing, laughter at grossness. Parodies of the great, are linked with elevation of the lowly; parades of the gifted come with animated versions of the feckless and the foolish, the predatory and the soulless. There is depiction of the diligently constructive and the recklessly destructive, the lazy, the inert, the callow, the cunning, the inherently dangerous and the merely negative.
Questions of direction, protection, motivation, elevation, the meaning of attainment and the means for it, are all given the forms of drama and the format of seasoned players, like those of some Shakespearian panoramic pageant, appareled to convince the watchful, instruct the ignorant and rebuke the mighty, with poems of tragedy and indifference, casualness and application.
These are scattered like seed for a vast and varied garden, to make a testimony not to be forgotten. If creation with its wit, wisdom, flights of wonder and glorious aesthetics, intense variety and vast dedication to kind with sub-varieties of the specific thrown in like so many evening gowns, fur coats, summer shirts and warm underwear all in so many drawers, each in different sites in the wardrobe, is on the one hand a pageant of wonder, a display of magnificence, an investment in wisdom, a paradigm of utter brilliance of method and fascinating accomplishment in myriads of results, an odyssey of invention and a flourish of technicalities beyond man as the sky beyond the earth for height; yet on the other, it is a display page for advertising to the wise, the follies of flesh, the misconceptions of mere speed or power, the dangers to life as sophisticated as misled, of passion in its persistence, as sudden for the unwary as death by adder.
The Kingdoms of This World and the Kingdom of Christ
Chs. 8 and 9.
Here we deal with scientific method in its applications, contrasting scientific method and scientistic method. In Ch. 9, we perceive and investigate the metaphysical pre-occupations of Dawkins with his meta-myths of his own invention or contention, and expose his irrational conundrums, inaccurate allegations and inadequate formulations in the field of religion, and not by any means there alone. There is a syndrome which in general comes to afflict man, of whatever intellect, like paralysis in the young, and the results speak for themselves. There is a cure.
Spiritual Food and Spiritual Drink
Chs. 1, 2, 3 Epilogue, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
A major feature in this series of wide range is the LOGOS (cf. Ch. 4 and Epilogue). Thus man is not only equipped with logic in his own mind, with its internal and external self-verifications, but the universe which he investigates responds acutely, sensitively and continually to its exercise, all being the work of one LOGOS, a directive, communicative, institutive, code-writing, spirit-moulding Being whose expressions are without exception; and while man may mar the work by his clashing use of imagination, this does nothing to limit or demolish the actualities which such erroneous and unverified theories merely ignore.
Man neither invents the logos, but rather is invented by it, nor makes it work, but applies principles derived from it; and while he can utilise its exploits in the universe, by interpreting its works there, which the universe itself is never seen to create, merely to exhibit (like a car running rather than a car being made), he himself, conscious and analytical even of these things as he is, can no more institute it than institute the universe.
Each is the work of one LOGOS which institutes in man what it constitutes in the universe, and having made the chief things in man invisible, his courage or obstinacy, his love of beauty (which is far from BEING beauty) or his intensive rigour, his peace or militancy, it is as distinct from man and the universe as is any dower-power from what it endues (cf. Ch. 47, two below this one).
The constraints of the visible are inapplicable, and the codes it invents are underivable, being the expressions of His thoughts (for thoughts without mind are events without cause, detachable flummeries of fiction), whose wisdom invents not only codes but in man, codifiers, the Creator creating the creative and the creative in turn USING the principles deployed by the Logos the institute things sound or unsound, depending on the degree of his interference, knowledgeable and proud or weak and careless, with the enduement he possesses. Yet it continues, like a builder, whatever is done to the house he made; and man continues to need what he so often slights, the One who gave him sight both of logic and of himself.
As to the Logos itself, it is at initial regard, sui generis; but as to that, it is not a 'genus' at all; for there is none like it. It is as God says, thus represented, "I am that which I am". This certifies and signifies an existence independent of all creation, of constraint, all coded control, all delimitation, free of anything and of all, neither gripped by invasive passions nor by any other feature from without, for all outside is His creation, whether it runs amiss in terms of misused will or ambition, or is gracious and godly, liberty itself the profundity of His wit and love the enormity of His heart.
Only this accounts for the results which man and the universe constitute; only His eternity avoids the problem of 'all is nothing' at any time, which would mean all always nothing; but we are not nothing. All efforts to annul the validity of reason annul the arguments which use the concept, for if it were true, then the argument is invalid, and if it be false, then that is its end. All efforts to conceive of Him as demented, an ogre or idiot who makes things which suffer interminably through evil intent, makes Him lacking in something, and hence a mere creature, his constitution surging to look for what it is by nature ... missing. Such anthropomorphisms or more accurately, model-annulments, are mere self-contradictions. It is His to give, needing nothing psychically or in any other way, and ours to receive.
Nothing lacks in His provisions, for incompetence is merely a deficiency relative to performance; and the word of God is readily found, the LOGOS self-descriptive and prescriptive for man in his conscious deployments, for there is nothing else verifiable and validatable on all fronts. It is relatively easy to find what has the wisdom of infinitude, the accuracy of truth over time and the non-revisionism of knowledge over the millenia (cf. DEITY AND DESIGN, DESIGNATION AND DESTINY, especially Section 8; LIGHT DWELLS WITH THE LORD'S CHRIST, Who Answers Riddles and Where He is, Darkness Departs).
In this lies the Gospel, and there lies the responsibility of man; for man is not an engaging fellow finding out what he may from a reluctant or evil universe, but a defiant maestro, with illusions of grandeur when not dabbling in defeat, depression or wander-lust, and it is his own rebellion against truth, logic and the Lord, from whom all comes, that is the ground of the demise for this world, its plan finished, which now draws somewhat closer.
In the Word of God, the validated Bible, there is found both the description of man, made in the image of God in capacities for fellowship with the divine, the Maker, the Redeemer, and the attestation of the Logos, so obvious from His works, showing moreover that it is He who is the eternal expression, the personal expression, not a manual but definitive image, not subordinate but intimately expressive within the infinity of the magnificence of God.
This Chapter 45 should in this field be taken in close connection with Ch. 47 below, itself from The Unsearchable Riches of Jesus Christ ... Ch. 7, which devotes extensive treatment both in text and dedicated Note in Excursion, to these things.
Chapter 1 takes things to the simple, the elemental.
Chapter 2 in particular deals with common errata in considering the power of God and His ways, deleting the derangement and so allowing focus on the necessary source of creation, without confusion through cultural impositions.
Chapter 3 Epilogue considers an illuminating contrast in the realm of correlation of design and power movements, in particular considering failed man, epitomised in one recent case, in the power-pushfulness of Ahmadinejad, on the one hand, and the purposefulness of the love of the Saviour, on the other. It is He who Himself, the Mark I man: Jesus Christ (Romans 5) shows the power of love in truth, and shunned the love of power.
Such a contrast stirs thought and requires conceptualisation of the dynamic of love and liberty, and its detailed verification.
Chapter 4 probes further into design and love, so that correlative considerations in results and causes, at the level required by reason and confirmed by verificatory revelation may be seen without the prejudice of the injudicious or the extreme, in theology, preferring the biblical expression of its own case and concept. It is necessary in modelling to be accurate! Laxity for WHATEVER reason is systematically irrelevant in its findings.
Chapter 9 deals with arboreal aesthetics and botanical metaphysics.
Chapter 11 has for its topics the fascinating reality of TYPES, Patterns and Exuberant Multiplicity, so that the measure of the mentality of creation surpasses the cringing littleness of expediency or the crimping of paucity, being fitting to God as are the multitude of the stars, of the sands, of the biological cells, of their composition in the brain of man, the fascinating principles operative in space and the liberties accorded to man, who has universes of his own to explore, derivative likewise from deity, in the glorious liberty accorded to his thoughts, which he can even test and discard, or to which cling despite obvious folly, tenaciously.
Chapter 12 has for its topic, Decisive Creativity. In this there are multiple ingredients. Some may be considered broadly.
It is as if you surveyed a scene and tried to institute a criss-cross pattern in order to separate its elements into assignable parts. This would be an intellectual exercise. Space however flows. So do the thoughts of man. Yet you CAN find separable thoughts in the mind of man; and you DO find separate creations of kind and content in the array of God's fascinating creations, dower of His creativity, as He fills in now this, now that component, arraigning now this type of creation, now that, and to man giving the specific facility of examining both these and their variations about a common theme, like that of a composer, with thematic renewals in a given piece, which nevertheless is both itself, and not another, while incorporating its delightful unity of being and differentiability from each other piece.
"Precisely as in human creation, but on a scale vast beyond comparison, items are made to take this or that space of conceivable reality - and of course, though we might be able now to conceive of it, this is very different from conceiving of it before it came to be! It is as with stars spatially, there is space about them; so it is with kinds of creatures biologically, there is space around them."
Chapter 13 is the sight of the butterfly, a tableau. In this we have elements readily perceived but needing thought and cogitation:
Does our washing stay clean in a dusty wind ? or do surgical instruments stay sterile in a crowd ? or does a painting retain its texture when tossed about by manual labourers or hurricanes ? Does food not rot if one fails to preserve it, and does not a cell unguarded by its membrane, constitute an invasion site!
Do things not run down when artistries and graces, delicacies and intricate systems, set without hardened covers, are given time without much care ? Is not the Second Law of Thermodynamics a law because there are no exceptions known to its stipulation ? Do not things, without domain of diligence applied, tend to dissipate the more as they are vulnerable the more ?
Yet here amid the rough and tumble of weather, wind, sea, oceans, storms, pollution, earthquakes, vast earthworks and clouds of dust, vibrant heat stirring much of the globe, intense cold afflicting much of the rest, here prodigies of artistry and delicacy continue to arrive and proceed to endure. When one generation is gone, another arrives, fresh from the bakeries of confection, run by the DNA and associated structural engineering components.
Life, it is like that.
Everything comes: that is one of the master concepts in life. Creation comes; test comes; preservation comes; judgment comes; salvation comes; the Gospel comes: the time to receive it comes and it goes. Today it is still here.
So are we. Let us rejoice in the vitality of life, the victory of His wisdom and power, purity and love over sin, and ensure that we are participants in His provisions, already received for physical, mental and spiritual action, but needed in a further layer for spiritual life, to replace the marring and scarring of sin.
It is this same vitality and vigour, unremitting capacity and splendid innocence in infinite wisdom which in God brings forth once the myriad forms of life and their myriads of exemplifications and productions for every season, in the first place.
That is creation.
It is He who similarly produces the liberation from sin which obscures the truth and rebels at duty for Him; and pays for it, and He HAS paid (Hebrews 9:12, 9:27-10:14), never to pay again (Galatians 1).
The Track of Truth, Meadows of Mercy and Peace of Pardon
Ch. 1, Ch. 3
Here in Ch. 1, the new concept of DIAGNOSTIC SYNTHESIS is considered. It has a close relationship to deconstruction, but in the opposite direction. In Ch. 6 the concern moves on from what one medical scholar called CEREBRAL NUBILITY. We move to the mover of such re-creative, re-organisation and purposively directed, programmatic interplay. The excerpt below appetises to face the issues involved.
It concerned a woman born with what the article calls "half a brain" and he is cited as saying that this had "rewired itself, to work as a whole."
Yes, I do recall something about improving IQ and moving more gracefully, through putting the brain expectantly through its paces.
I for my part recall earlier talk by a special student of the area to the effect that the concept of just wearing out, losing brain cells with age, was over-stated. He was emphatic: the brain CAN manufacture new brain cells, and requiring of it fuller function is the call: USE the thing as you age, don't capitulate to apathy.
You once mentioned something about brain injury I believe ?
Yes, I read of cases of injury at war, brain injury, leading to re-organisation pretty much the way this doctor describes. In other words, this part of the brain being damaged, certain functions were moved to what was not their normal place, so that the work could continue. It was amazing: not only did the brain work by means of billions of inter-related cells, each one a triumph of DNA memory emplacement and functional capacity, a sort of combination of a bookshop and a multi-task engineering tool, with some mathematical brilliance imparted as well; but it could, to a certain extent and in certain circumstances go much further and actually, actively re-organise even sites for action, alternative ones, because of total systematic need.
In other words, not only does it have a resource to store for the recall of millions of bits of information, but a function to organise them with such an exquisite facility and overall instillation by some means of total relationship to total function on the part of elements or areas, that it can even to some extent re-arrange things. I mean, an electrician for your house in one thing; but someone to re-organise the wiring to enable your special needs to be met by alternative ways ...
Yes, I see your point, someone so inspired as to be able to innovate in order to meet fixed and knowable purpose ... and then, passing it all on, do so without personal involvement through having installed a program for the purpose of meeting just such contingencies, this is an avalanche of wonder.
Indeed: for it is so foolish to imagine that passing on arrangements that condition responses on stimuli, and have the equivalent of descriptive orders of how to meet impacts internal or external is something less than personal. It is more than simple thought: it is thought codified, compressed, stylised and subjected to transmission in standardised, reactive format. It is rather like Morse code: it is not less than language in being codified; it is in some ways more, for it requires not only the conditions for expression and reception, but an added feature, their subjection to a format for special use.
In Ch. 3, the action moves to the nature of intelligence, formation, information, red herrings and fishiness in general, and facing the issues without irrelevancies of the inchoate substitution of showers of imagination for logical necessities. In this the concepts of demi-urge or spectre is given attention; and there is no respect for a spectre, since you need more than an imaginative metaphor to deal with the constraints of reason. The matter is correlated with other reference.
This Chapter is from The Unsearchable Riches of Jesus Christ, and the Aggregating Debt of Dismissal, Ch. 7, July 2009
Here is an extended investigation into all the cosmoi of man's observation, access and combination both in practice and in mind, with the underivative character of causation emphasised, and the derivative character of man assessed, with its results. It includes the summit phenomena of multiplicity and exuberance in creation and the consequences of that fact for mind, along with the pervasive expression of the LOGOS in man's mind, in its conceptual potential as in the penetrability of the universe in those terms, this with a new and necessary facility when the full exercise of reason, having led to God, gives a functional perspective for the coverage of the whole creation. It moreover prevents those illogical, those illicit stumblings which both misuse reason, reach frustration, and do not start where it has its own earthly source.
The excerpt below will suffice for further introduction.
Let us look at the talents. Thus you do not ask a child to write a mathematical thesis, or a wrestler to play the piano in any normal range. God gives talents to man such that, if you take the very best of them, in mathematics, physics, astronomy, physiology, and the various disciplines, you see once more something of the sort at least of brilliance and capacity, functionality and facility which the very workings of our many-times self-reproducing bodies exhibit (via, to be sure, a duality of male-female, all part of it).
Then though the greatest functional powers of man lie far beneath the least of those evidenced in the fabrication of creation, even the simple cell an exploit of sheer wonder, yet we find that LOGOS, the word of God, the cause, the expression of His mind such that in man it SHOWS ITSELF, intrinsically, in what he is made to be, and through man, it shows itself extrinsically in his works, again, less clearly because of sin, yet nonetheless most distinctively, in what he creates in thought and construction*3A.
LOGOS-wrought in making, logos-taught in functioning, man is surrounded by words as a forest by its trees. Seen from without, it is vast and rambling, yet ordered and beautiful; seen from within, it is powerful and functional, logic so sheer in its splendour in man that he even toys with it, discusses it, tries to seduce it from its work by invalidating it, as if that could amount to anything: for if a man breaks a sword, with what weapon does he fight!
As will be seen from the added excerpt below, the scope of The Unsearchable Riches of Jesus Christ, and the Aggregating Debt of Dismissal are wide-ranging and perspective that is testable and valid is applied unremittingly.
TWO GENIES, BUT NO GENIUS
So we have the same barren artifices at work both in biology and in politics, with disastrous results, as in the last two World Wars, paying tribute to the synthetic powers of bringing this vain survival of the fittest idea, into containment in man-management policies: organic evolution and communism in unholy but very convenient wedlock, a marriage of convenience if ever there was one. What a to-do ! Subtract a few millions of tortured relics from the earth: that is some accomplishment, some experiment! Some fantasy, some blood.
Biology and politics, then, are two fields of reality-evasion of enormous portent and ones which have exacting prodigious payment from fantasisers: or rather from their followers, such as Darwinists and the neo-contrivers who build on the same sand with different implements, such as Marxists and the like, as placed in China, which retains power by Marxism and makes money by free enterprise, as if duplicity of speech were the only way to go.
These two then: the vital and the political disciplines, have been used to the near demise of the race, for though many remain, the CONDITIONS in which they remain are far more suspect... now! The very earth is beginning to share something of the fever, through dire misuse, advanced extravagantly through preoccupation with power play and exploitation of people, whether for profit or management, in a web of illusion which ignores the only plan that works, that of the Creator whose it all is!
Thus we have been distinctively afflicted by these two undisciplined but not indisciplinable disciplines which, with scientific method in the basement, have built titanic skyscrapers above, as if to sink from space would hit bottom later.
It may - but with more thud! The first is courtesy of that publiciser of the magic of organic evolution, himself confused amidst confusion and attacking (quite rightly) the evidential basis of his own work as inadequate, that is, Charles Darwin; the second is per favour of his cousin in mind, Karl Marx. In each of these developments (and there have to be many when the thing is wrong at the commencement, as indeed it is in both cases), scientific method suffers duress (cf. refs. above, and SMR pp. 145ff., 931ff.), and observation is observably in demise. Thought rules, but is unruly, being irrational. What then of Marx ?
The task for him is simple. How to create a good State by evil means, gentle virtue by vicious virulence, a warless peace by a profusion of wars, a world of abundance by the politics of want, a time of liberty by the arousing of the genie of compulsion, good people by bad means, and a world like an earthly version of the kingdom of heaven (Christ said, "My kingdom is not of this world!"), from an assumed systematic matrix of history, which had no liberty at all: this was his task.
It fails in thought by simple omission of an adequate cause for the desired ( or, biologically, the observable) result which he proceeds to manipulate, even any observable power to coerce life-production into being even WITH intelligence; just as it fails in producing what is beautiful and good by assailing something amongst many things, compulsively, as if it contained all evil, rather than being a form of abuse of freedom. So Communism fails in principle just as it fails in history by the omission of the obtaining of it by the prescribed and clearly irresponsibly inadequate means!
That is what irked Sir Karl Popper in the
in his apt review of Marxism: it does not happen, it is simply contra-evidential empirically (see SMR pp. 145-148, 211ff., 266-267, 305-308, 925ff.). In addition, it is meretricious, adventitious, suppositious and pernicious in its dehumanised, products, both reductionistic in irrationality, and in integrity, making of man a comic mask, bathed in tragedy. Universityof London
WHAT does not happen ? NEITHER the Marxist predicted product happens, NOR does the Darwinian one happen to happen in any way practically apparent, or formulated with theoretical causative force: this was what Popper declared in his massive review of the actual evidences. As to ARRIVAL, not a SINGLE organ has been accounted for causally in the Darwinian mode, he notes (just as, in fact, not a single one has been seen in transitional stages, or clearly exhibits the same in retrospect). It is true Popper himself tries (metaphysically) to get reality inventing itself by prongs of interchange and development, potential realising itself; but all such efforts fail at once. The GRANT of the potential in the first place is the all-important question-begging commencement; to which one needs to add the potential to develop the potential, and then the actualisation of both potentials, which is merely slow-motion smuggling of the divine powers under phrases. These, however do not provide the reality. God's words can do this, since He has the relevant power; ours do not, since we don't.
Popper's account of the causative force of these 'scientific' theories, then, is fine. What in sum is that ? This: They never amount to anything, never account for anything. It is in this, an accurate review: for the simple fact is that in each case, it does NOT happen like that, though it be watched for, worked for, hoped for, dreamed of, for centuries. Logic is not about to capitulate, and to murder it requires its validity to be there, in order that one may logically destroy it; so it stays, and these results do not arrive by logic any more than by observation.
Neither in the physical, the mental, the metaphysical, the rational, the moral nor in the spiritual is there any room for rampant reductionism, the unravelling of reason, the investiture of bits or the occupation of getting what is called life from a dead heart with a dispelled dynamic, an impelling escapism or a listless relationship to the Lord. God keeps faith with the faithful. Abutments into hell before their time are not only untimely, but pregnant with what to the wandering, seems to be 'fate' (cf. Psalm 1).
It is GOD who is faithful; man may have faith or fate. As to the latter, it is not impersonal, but the sure consequence of avoiding mercy, which twinned with impervious fact, is treated by billions with contempt. The milling that results is not unfortunate; it is procured! The remedy is not possible: it is assured. It is Jesus Christ, Redeemer from the implosions of erratic thrusts and rebellious indifference alike.
Ignore this the way you would, if in an aircraft, 30 feet above ground, you saw a red light in a well-known part of your instrumentation, flashing and firing.
This is taken from WAITING FOR WONDER - APPENDIX
This proceeds from information and its nature, to meta-information, genetic construction and constriction, and decline, and scientific material on this point. It traces causation to its various levels and leaves the realm with the necessities of creation revelling in their sheer exuberance and mastery, and the swooning crush of avoidance-ism - that compulsive seeming rush from reality - to its own inglorious devices.
The Barbaric Symphony of Bits
Dealing with Dissonance
The Roll-Call for Rebels
The Mock Grandeur of Dissociation
Elements of the Course for the Bachelor of Bits
In this Chapter we concentrate on the concentration camp for bits, particles, ideas in isolation, material and spiritual isolationism, in which one mind in oneness seeks to imagine a universe of bits, joined in the contemplative mind of man, assumed in system, managed in contradictory coherence, equipped with consequences, devoid of cause, used in systems of abortive thought, while abused in scattering, symptoms of rebellions, items of irrationality, part of the syndrome of insufficiency, by which marred modern man tries to live. Cloistered in his own imagination, he finds nothing for support but hope, in a pretentious and factitious fealty to the science of nothing, which has nothing to do with science, just as nothing itself has nothing to do with anything.
In this field, man as creator tries to build creation in his mind in bits, disposing of his own invention as inventor, as if it were the dream, while dreaming up a creation which creates itself, available to his own mighty power, dunce of dust, vaunting with the spirit given him, his delusions with the dynamic of propaganda, with never one fact, always swelling with antinomies, never substantiating in action.
Inventing from nowhere, the logical stage for thought, the rationality indices for its discipline, he spreads out not in laboratory but in the labours of illicit thought, in consistent inconsistency making creation the spawn of no cause. Begging each question, and assembling from nowhere all he desires, unbelieving man cannot even organise the congestion of unattested pretension, himself lord of action while he is born and dies, unable to dispense with birth or death. While disposing these things in empty thought, feckless creator by presumption, he is dispensing with them in action, composing a lurid morass of lordly imaginations divorced from the empirical, dead to reason, constituting the course for Bachelor of Bits.
It has many students. The fee is your life.
In this way, imagination is the builder of creation, but the buildings it proposes are never found arriving in the realms of life which it disposes. They are not found incomplete, on the way, but always apt in the light of common day. These it disposes, in the emptiness of vacuous thought, while denying constructive thought for their composition. Consequently nothing works, all verification collapses, nothing is ever demonstrable, excuse is the exercise, confusion is the content.
The dynamics of this belief concerning spontaneous creation of the universe are often found in the mind, while never found in the resultant. It is this which remains, this and not man's fetid imagination; it is this which is the bearer of the testimony of effectual action, the indelible stamp of strength from their causatively ineluctable Creator. Here is the base for all rational and practical belief, the truth which the relative cannot create, even for thought, without which it can not even lay valid claim, but morbid with mortality, lies a pretender for ever. His and not man's is not only the stamp of logical sequence and validity, but the dynamic drive whereby the effectual imagination has its power to dower, its product ourselves. Made in ways never now seen, from the era of divine creation, many blindly squander their spiritual inheritance, mad about bits, bits from nowhere, caused by nothing, adept at interaction in systems product of the void, itself a creation of thought, denied by definition anything for anything.
By contrast, It is the eternal God who is the actual Creator, whose is the power for the mankind, here debasing himself to the realm of the imperiously puny, denying the source that they might even exist, or rationality with them, antagonistic to the exclusive base for all rational belief.
Correctives for the Bachelor of Bits, and testimonies to its ludicrous inadequacy, and to the realities both of reason and reality, the empirical in its actualities, and the actualities of the living God, there from the first, judge at the last, are the following.
Sums, Summits and in Sum 11, 12, Epilogue and Finale.
Reflections ... 4,
Message of the Words of God to Man in the Word 5, 4,
Christ Incomparable 2,
The gods of naturalism have no go! 14
Evidence and Reality 2, 5, 6, 7
Impossible for Men, Open to God 3,
Dig Deeper ... 1,
The Kingdoms of this World and the Kingdom of Christ 8,
The Holocaust of Morality and the Coming of Christ the King 3,
Glory, Vainglory ''. 1,
God's Gift of Grace in Christ Jesus 7,
The Christian Pilgrimage 5, It Bubbles ... 9,
Spiritual Food and Spiritual Drink,
This is the Real Missing Link 4,
Repent or Perish 7.
(See also, more broadly:
The Majestic Might of the Merciful Messiah 5,
The Track of Truth, Meadows of Mercy and Peace of Pardon 1,
The gods of naturalism have no go! 1,
Spiritual Food and Spiritual Drink,
This is the Real Missing Link 11.)
On Moral realities and necessities, and some of their applications to various fields: see SMR Ch. 1, pp. 179ff., Ch. 2, Ch. 3, Ch. 4, Barbs ... 6, 7, News 19, Ch. 11 above. Even reason can attest the goodness of God, as Romans 1 confirms; but its abuse as in things metaphysical, so in things moral, brings licence in place of law, quasi-autonomy in place of responsibility, godlike chauvinism in amoral humanism rather than the definite moral perception and confirmation that logic requires. It is shown above, that being from God, and made by Him who needs nothing metaphysically, morally or psychologically, and gives both life and judgment, salvation and condemnation, the latter only with the utmost reluctance, equated to His zeal to face in human form the Cross: we are not oddments.
Rather is the human race bruised in heart, broken in relationship with our Maker as a race, gifted with return avenue, in Jesus Christ, and usually given to grumbling about God or seeking to ignore, caricature or condemn Him, while dismissing Him anyway, by a sweep of the irrational hand. The final mischief is first to act out the myth of our jurisdictive powers, and then to collide with truth, always a humiliating experience, and merely a prelude, when persistent.
Anti-evidential, dreaming theistic evolution is simply a drab combination of irrational immorality and invisible verification, contrary both to the actualities of creation method, and of evidential testimony; whereas progressive creation is in turn, a combination of the above, at another level, with some concession to evidence, if not to morality, and again, as destitute of necessary evidence as the other. God neither dumped bits to begin a track through virtual miracles to things better, nor better things, to do the same, in part or in whole. You do not get such things on the way. What you get, is one thing: a kind (cf. News 74; The Divine Drama Ch. 10, A Spiritual Potpourri Ch. 5), which does not have in the interstices of its heavily commanded and commandeered DNA matrix, the means for new information, any more than the paleontological evidence shows such development (cf. Wake Up World! ... Chs. 4, 5, 6). Morality and scientific reality go hand in hand, and to both, power plays are irrelevant for the formation of the information, though not to the judgment on such use by moral beings such as man.
One may become immune to morals, but not to their results.
Strange, the People You Meet!
Ch. 1 of Let's Be Reasonable, for God Is!
This is a conversation equipped with 23 endnotes, enabling a combination of simple dialogue, coming relatively quickly to the point, with detailed scientific data, so that the lassoing of the meeting can be avoided, and the pith perceived.
Ch. 2 of ALPHA AND OMEGA,
AND YOU'VE GOT A MUDDLE IN THE MIDDLE
If You Don't Grasp That,
You'll be Grasped by the Wrong Party
Dabbling, Discipline, Daydreaming and Deity gives a short summary of the philosophic parodies of science which have successively shaken science into the concussion of the scientistic, in various periods, and the doctrines make interesting introductions for possible novelettes; but not for reason, or scientific method. Irrelevant and quasi-controlling additives have become, for many, the order of the day, and its blight.
See also Ch. 1 of this volume, preceding the above; and *1 of Possess Your Possessions Ch. 8.
Ch. 3 of Alpha and Omega
Mystic naturalism and revisionist words from Denton are in view, but not this only, rather trends in this direction from which logic mercifully gives good protection, and revelation reasonable and assured escape.
Added in April 2010, this comes from January 2006.
Ch.2 of The Wit and Wisdom of the Word of God,
the Bible True to Test.
Here the emphasis is generic on the realities of the words from God, their wit, their impact, their results, their evidence and application broadly from the realms to naturalism to millenialism. The sheer coverage thematically brings value to this work, for our present volume.
See VOLUME 6 for the remaining Chapters of the HEXAD,
The gods of naturalism have no go!