Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stephen Hawking not so smart after all?

I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons." Scientist Stephen Hawking made a pronouncement a few days ago:

"Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution"

The article is technical but the gist is this: "Although it has taken homo sapiens several million years to evolve from the apes, the useful information in our DNA, has probably changed by only a few million bits."

Unpack that for a moment: despite 'billions of years' of evolution, human DNA has not changed much. "Probably." Hmmm. But the fact of relatively unchanging DNA and Hawking's uncertainty at why, is glossed over as he pursues his conclusion, that: "By contrast," Hawking says, "there are about 50,000 new books published in the English language each year, containing of the order of a hundred billion bits of information. Of course, the great majority of this information is garbage, and no use to any form of life. But, even so, the rate at which useful information can be added is millions, if not billions, higher than with DNA."

This means that we have entered a new phase of evolution, according to Mr. Hawking. "At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. This Darwinian phase, lasted about three and a half billion years, and produced us, beings who developed language, to exchange information. But what distinguishes us from our cave man ancestors is the knowledge that we have accumulated over the last ten thousand years, and particularly, Hawking points out, over the last three hundred."

What he is saying is that knowledge increased, no, has exploded, over the last three hundred years. Biblical students already know that this was prophesied to occur: God told Daniel to "seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase." (Daniel 12:4)

"I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race," Hawking said."

Hmmm, so because our internal DNA has not changed but barely, and there is no explanation for that (except that God did it) then that must mean that our brains have gotten smarter, evolved, into a new type of evolutionary phase called "an external transmission phase," where the useful information is not going into our DNA but into our brains, which in turn is propelling a greater rate of biological evolutionary acceleration. Self-evolving, if you will. LOL!

Hawking is likely unaware that his words actually confirm what God has said would be the state of affairs at the end of days:

II Timothy 3:1-5,7: But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be ... always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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