24/10/2020 email reply from Matt Dillahunty:
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It is evident why you refused to debate John Maddox. You smell from far when someone is able to expose your lack of understanding of science. You only accept the "weak fruits", which do not have knowledge of biochemistry. Since you do not have any education, you are UNQUALIFIED to make informed judgments in regards to God's existence based on scientific evidence in biochemistry. John would have immediately exposed your shallow sophistry, and you would have been left to deny his arguments with irrational denialism ( which is what you always do, like during my call-ins at your show, since you are not open-minded to permit the evidence to lead wherever it is ). John would have smacked and destroyed your worldview with this argument:https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2895-syllogistic-arguments-of-gods-existence-based-on-positive-evidence
1. The assignment of a word to represent something, like the word chair to an object to sit down, is always of mental origin.
2. On top of that, the translation of a word in one language, to another language, is also always of mental origin. For example the assignment of the word chair, in English, to xizi, in Chinese, can only be made by intelligence upon common agreement of meaning.
3. In biology the genetic code is the assignment ( a cipher) of 64 triplet codons to 20 amino acids.
4. Since we know only of intelligence to be able to do so, this assignment is best explained by the deliberate, arbitrary action of a non-human intelligent agency.
Science, in fact, confesses of having NO CLUE about the origin of the genetic code, as exposed in this science paper by Eugene Koonin, advisory editorial board of Trends in Geneticshttps://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2363-the-genetic-code-insurmountable-problem-for-non-intelligent-origin
Origin and evolution of the genetic code: the universal enigma
In our opinion, despite extensive and, in many cases, elaborate attempts to model code optimization, ingenious theorizing along the lines of the coevolution theory, and considerable experimentation, very little definitive progress has been made. Summarizing the state of the art in the study of code evolution, we cannot escape considerable skepticism. It seems that the two-pronged fundamental question: “why is the genetic code the way it is and how did it come to be?”, that was asked over 50 years ago, at the dawn of molecular biology, might remain pertinent even in another 50 years. Our consolation is that we cannot think of a more fundamental problem in biology.
In your debate yesterday, you claimed that the lack of evidence on one side is not evidence for a contrary proposition. FALSE. https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1983-gaps-god-of-the-gaps-and-incredulitya-justified-refutation-of-id-arguments
Eliminative inductions argue for the truth of a proposition by arguing that competitors to that proposition are false. Provided the proposition, together with its competitors, form a mutually exclusive and exhaustive class, eliminating all the competitors entails that the proposition is true. Either life emerged by a fortuitous accident, spontaneously through self-organization by unguided stochastic coincidence, natural events that turned into self-organization in an orderly manner without external direction, chemical non-biological, purely physico-dynamic kinetic processes and reactions influenced by environmental parameters, or through the direct intervention, creative force and activity of an intelligent cognitive agency, a powerful creator. Since either life was created by God, or not, either one or the other is true. As Sherlock Holmes famous dictum says: when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however not fully comprehensible, but logically possible, must be the truth. Eliminative inductions, in fact, become deductions.
The irreducible interdependence of information generation and transmission systems
1. Codified information transmission system depends on:
a) A language where a symbol, letters, words, waves or frequency variations, sounds, pulses, or a combination of those are assigned to something else. Assigning meaning of characters through a code system requires a common agreement of meaning. Statistics, Semantics, Synthax, and Pragmatics are used according to combinatorial, context-dependent, and content-coherent rules.
b) Information encoded through that code,
c) An information storage system,
d) An information transmission system, that is encoding, transmitting, and decoding.
e) Eventually translation ( the assignment of the meaning of one language to another )
f) Eventually conversion ( digital-analog conversion, modulators, amplifiers)
g) Eventually transduction converting the nonelectrical signals into electrical signals
2. In living cells, information is encoded through at least 30 genetic, and almost 30 epigenetic codes that form various sets of rules and languages. They are transmitted through a variety of means, that is the cell cilia as the center of communication, microRNA's influencing cell function, the nervous system, the system synaptic transmission, neuromuscular transmission, transmission b/w nerves & body cells, axons as wires, the transmission of electrical impulses by nerves between brain & receptor/target cells, vesicles, exosomes, platelets, hormones, biophotons, biomagnetism, cytokines and chemokines, elaborate communication channels related to the defense of microbe attacks, nuclei as modulators-amplifiers. These information transmission systems are essential for keeping all biological functions, that is organismal growth and development, metabolism, regulating nutrition demands, controlling reproduction, homeostasis, constructing biological architecture, complexity, form, controlling organismal adaptation, change, regeneration/repair, and promoting survival.
3. The origin of such complex communication systems is best explained by an intelligent designer. Since no humans were involved in creating these complex computing systems, a suprahuman super-intelligent agency must have been the creator of the communication systems used in life.
19 because that which may be known of God is manifest ||in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; ||so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
You claimed on several occasions that you are morally superior to God. First of all, you need to borrow from the Christian worldview, to set up an objective moral standard. Since you deny God's existence, this is unjustified. You also frequently come up with your lame accusations of God's supposed commands on slavery. A bit of investigation of the subject would have helped you to remove your prejudices. https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2823-slavery-the-bible#8091
Your entire epistemology also SUCKS.
You are ONLY skeptical towards theistic claims. But: Rather than be so, only one-sided, an HONEST thinker and truth seeker scrutinize BOTH worldviews: The one with God, and the one without. Despite during one of my calls claiming that you did, you NEVER do so in regards to materialistic claims in your shows. This is DISHONEST. You can keep deluding the crowd, that blindly follows you. And if that is your goal, you will keep doing it successfully. But if, as you say, you want to know as many truth claims as possible, then you are not doing so coherently and applying the same standard of skepticism to materialism. And that leads to self-delusion ( as you most certainly are). I do not know how we can exist without a creator. Do you?
Some questions to proponents of naturalismhttps://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2408-some-questions-to-proponents-of-naturalism
Oh, and now you will probably play your "I don't know" card.
Limited causal alternatives do not justify to claim of " not knowing "https://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t1810-its-not-justified-to-claim-ignorance-limited-causal-alternatives-for-origins-do-not-justify-to-claim-of-not-knowing
Comparing worldviews - there are basically just twohttps://reasonandscience.catsboard.com/t2793-worldviews-there-are-basically-just-two-in-regards-of-origins
All which you will do now, of course, again, will be to reject the provided POSITIVE evidence of God's existence, block my email account, and continue your crusade against God. You are a willingly blind, leading the blind. How do you think you will escape God's just judgment? God has provided an escape from the forthcoming revenge which will come against all ungodliness and his enemies.
But the only escape is to repent.