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Forum: How Our Universe Allows for Things that Create Themselves

  • 5 days ago · 11:00 AM
  • Humanist House

Of all areas where science and the Bible have friction, the topic of origins is the war zone. Exactly why do evolution and abiogenesis kick up such emotion? Maybe it's that by-your-bootstraps thing, auto-creation, the idea of organization "creating itself." Even scientifically minded people struggle with that one.  Consider how snowflakes form.  

Crystallization is palpable auto-creation, a spontaneous increase in order without intelligent meddling. It seems to violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but creationists use a flawed understanding of this law and then promulgate that misunderstanding and exploit it to support creationism.  Keith D. Swenson has a degree in Physics and a Masters Degree in Computer Science.  He will discuss the above topics, as well as (1) Why some people find it hard to accept evolution, (2) What the natural cognitive barrier is and why it exists, (3) The roles that misunderstanding randomness and entropy play, and (4) Several examples of how complex systems display auto-creation (such as snowflakes!).

After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.

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  • Jean-Claude

    Great talk by a very good presenter with a passion for the subject.

    4 days ago

  • Keith S.

    Really great place to visit. A real asset to the secular community.

    5 days ago

  • Debbie

    Learned several new things today... and all before lunch!

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Jean-Claude

    This was a very interesting presentation. Keith Swenson was well prepared and delivered an informative talk. Thank you.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Carl A.

    Really good presentation about how to understand what Humanists might respond to Creation "Science".

    2 · 5 days ago

  • Debbie

    Excellent presentation. It was helpful to start with the concept of self-organizing systems ... Gods are quite unnecessary for creation.

    1 · 5 days ago

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