“നിങ്ങള് സത്യം അറിയുകയും സത്യം നിങ്ങളെ സ്വതന്ത്രരാക്കുകയും ചെയ്യും.” യോഹ. 8:32
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Thank you Mr. Antony for taking your time to compile such a list. Since we are in this sort of discussion let me add some points. 1. ['Theory' in 'Theory of evolution'] The word 'theory' in 'theory of evolution' does not mean its some sort of propositions awaiting proof. No, the general nature of scientific knowledge is that they can only be "proved" wrong, never "proved" right. Proving something wrong is easy, if one experiment does not meet the prediction. (In fact it is what happened in the case of Bigbang, I will add that story below). No matter how many experiments confirm the predictions it only "corroborates" the theory, never "proves" it right (In this sense it is often said that scientific theories are corroborated, not proved, in contrast to mathematics where theorems are proved rather than corroborated). Because we can never exhaust all the facts out there in the universe. In this regard we speak of theory of gravitation, theory of optics, theory of computation, theory of electrodynamics, quantum theory etc. But these theories are so robust that for all purposes one can think of we can call them true (It is often said of quantum theory that its predictions are as accurate as predicting the width of North America up to the width of a single hair). 2. [Accepting of evolution] Many people have difficulty in accepting evolution, but most often it does not stem from a lack of scientific evidence. But because it strikes at the root of their belief system, the predominant of them being that humans are special creatures. As Carl Sagan puts it Darwin's idea was the last of the great demotions. Over millennia humans discovered that earth is just an ordinary planet revolving around an ordinary star, one of many billions of stars in an ordinary galaxy, one of many billions again. But Darwin's idea goes even further, it says that we are just as natural as any other living being, not even a slightest bit special. This does great violence to our constructed notions of morality, justice, civility, etc, because of course "survival of the fittest" is the antithesis of "justice". But in our present situation such a demotion or humility is exactly what we might need, we are overreaching and our civilization might implode if we continue to place ourselves above nature and disregard it.
3.[Story of Bigbang] In 1915 Albert Einstein presented his theory of general relativity, some say the greatest achievement of the human intellect. What is general relativity? It is a relativistic theory of gravitation. All of us are familiar with Newton's theory of gravitation. But when taken to the extremes this theory does not work. (For example Newton's theory can not explain why light bends when it goes around galaxies). Einstein's theory is a set of equations that one can solve for any system and it will give a description of the system. For example when we solve it for the sun we will get the solar system. Einstein applied his theory to the universe and found that according to his equations the universe should be expanding. But of course the predominant belief of the day was that the universe is static and eternal without a beginning or an end. Hence to overcome this problem he modified his equations. But soon, scientists tested his theory and found that their experiments confirmed the predictions made by the theory. Moreover they found that the universe is expanding! Hence the "steady state theory" was abandoned, even though it is much easier to believe in it. In later years a catholic priest from the university of Louvain solved Einstein's field equations for an expanding universe and presented what we know today as Bigbang theory. Today there is overwhelming evidence of this cataclysmic expansion that brought everything we see around us into existence. We can precisely measure the age of the universe. But it does not mean we know everything. For instance we don't know if the universe is infinite or whether it has a boundary, we don't know what causes the expansion, in fact there is a lot more we don't know than we know.
The debate on the technical aspects of scientific innovations are excellent and enriching. Thank you Georgekutty and Antony Sagi. Do not ever think that all the people visiting this blog are just religious rebels only. There are elite gentlemen also here. Powerful posts that pass through just prove that. Both of you are only sparingly heard. Keep contributing; esp. Georgekutty has a beautiful style of content management.
To Editor AlmayashabdhamWhy do you delete my comment on this topic? I am a reader of this blog. It was very relevant comment and I don't accept that decision. Anyway its your blog, and you may have your on criteria. I am capable of writing much better than this but unfortunately I don't get time after the hard work I am doing these days. I wrote in a decent language. What I see is "You are all mutually praising each other and devaluating others comments as non-worthy is a shame on you Mr.Editor"
Sorry Manees, It was not because of any objectionable content that we deleted it. In between lines, it appeared here with tremendous space. Comments are not editable and so it was deleted. Kindly check the postings position before you leave the comment box. For your information, agreeing or disagreeing comments make no difference.Of the many comments that appear here for approval, except those on fake names and that containing statements in bad shape, we let in everything. All readers are precious for us. We request Shri Manees not to take things otherwise. Almayasabdam will continue to be an open forum of all church citizens.Administrator
Right, the reason for deleting is accepted. I don't get time for detailed reading nowadays,writing, editing etc. I scanned heading and contents and leave the comment in a hurry.The comment was about a newly evolved Mammal Okapi with Zebras body and Giraffes head and a vast number of newly evolved species discovered in nature; Which are significant proofs to Darwin's evolutionary Theory about which Antony Sagi mentioned.