Monday, January 27, 2014 4:31 AM

Designed Without a Doubt

Monday, January 27, 2014 4:31 AM
Monday, January 27, 2014 4:31 AM

Designed Without a Doubt

Stephen C. Meyer in an article describing the design in the universe includes the following quote from Roger Penrose.[1] Roger Penrose as you will note at the bottom of this article is a very well-known scientist. Also note that having understood that the universe is not here by evolutional chance, Mr. Penrose is still a self-described atheist. Mr. Penrose is able to state the laws of math, but he still refuses to recognize the lawgiver [God].

“The odds of arriving at a single correct setting by chance, let alone all the correct settings, turn out to be virtually infinitesimal. Oxford physicist Roger Penrose has noted that a single parameter, the so-called “original phase-space volume”, required such precise fine tuning that the “Creator’s aim must have been [precise] to an accuracy of one part in 1010/123” (which is ten billion multiplied by itself 123 times). Penrose goes on to remark that, “one could not possibly even write the number down in full … [since] it would be ‘1’ followed by 10123 successive ‘0’s!”—more zeros than the number of elementary particles in the entire universe. Such is, he concludes, “the precision needed to set the universe on its course”.[2]

Penrose does not hold to any religious doctrine,[25] and refers to himself as an atheist.[26] In the film A Brief History of Time, he said, "I think I would say that the universe has a purpose, it's not somehow just there by chance ... some people, I think, take the view that the universe is just there and it runs along – it's a bit like it just sort of computes, and we happen somehow by accident to find ourselves in this thing. But I don't think that's a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it."[27] Penrose is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.

Sir Roger Penrose (born 8 August 1931), is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College.



[1] Meyer, S. C. (2000). Evidence for Design in Physics and Biology: From the Origin of the Universe to the Origin of Life. In Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe (Vol. 9, p. 53). San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

[2] Meyer, S. C. (2000). Evidence for Design in Physics and Biology: From the Origin of the Universe to the Origin of Life. In Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe (Vol. 9, p. 61). San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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