Friday, May 18, 2018

In The Beginning Was Information

"When a message is composed, it involves the coding of its mental content, but the message itself is not concerned about whether the contents are important or unimportant, valuable, useful, or meaningless. Only the recipient can evaluate the message after decoding it." (Hans-Joachim Flechtner (cyberneticist), cited by Werner Gitt, p.47)

"It should be emphasized that matter as such is unable to generate any code. All experiences indicate that a thinking being voluntarily exercising his own free will, cognition, and creativity, is required." (p. 65, note 13.)

"When its progress along the chain of transmission events is traced backwards, every piece of information leads to a mental source, the mind of the sender." (p.70)

"There is no known natural law through which matter can give rise to information, neither is any physical process or material phenomenon known that can do this." (p.79)

"The information present in living beings must have had a mental source…Any model for the origin of life (and of information) based solely on physical and/or chemical processes, is inherently false."(p.98, 99)

"Since the findings of James D. Watson (*1928) and Francis H.C. Crick (*1916), it was increasingly realized by contemporary researchers that the information residing in the cells is of crucial importance for the existence of life. Anybody who wants to make meaningful statements about the origin of life, would be forced to explain how the information originated. All evolutionary views are fundamentally unable to answer this crucial question." (p.99)

"Since science does not have the faintest idea how life on earth originated,… it would only be honest to confess this to other scientists, to grantors, and to the public at large. Prominent scientists speaking ex cathedra, should refrain from polarising the minds of students and young productive scientists with statements that are based solely on beliefs." (Hubert P. Jockey, Journal of Theoretical Biology [Vol 91, 1981, p13], cited by Werner Gitt, p.101)

"The final result of all my researches and discussions is that the theory of evolution should be discarded in its entirety, because it always leads to extreme contradictions and confusing consequences when tested against the empirical results of research on the formation of different kinds of living forms and related fields. This assertion would agitate many people. Moreover: my next conclusion is that, far from being a benign natural-philosophical school of thought, the theory of evolution is a severe obstacle for biological research. As many examples show, it actually prevents the drawing of logical conclusions from even one set of experimental material. Because everything must be bent to fit this speculative theory, an exact biology cannot develop." (Professor Dr. Heribert Nilsson, “Synthetische Artbildung,” cited by Werner Gitt, p.106)

"There is no known law of nature, no known process and no known sequence of events which can cause information to originate by itself in matter." (p.107)

"The basic flaw of all evolutionary views is the origin of the information in living beings. It has never been shown that a coding system and semantic information could originate by itself in a material medium, and the information theorems predict that this will never be possible. A purely material origin of life is thus precluded." (p.124)

"Mutations can only cause changes in existing information. There can be no increase in information, and in general the results are injurious. New blueprints for new functions or new organs cannot arise; mutations cannot be the source of new (creative) information." (p.127)

Werner Gitt, In The Beginning Was Information

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