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Dembsky em “Being as Communion”: Informacionismo e não materialismo

segunda-feira, dezembro 7th, 2015

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William Dembsky, teólogo, matemático, autor de vários livros e co-fundador do Discovery e Intelligent Designer, publicou seu novo livro ” Being as Communion”. A principal ideia do livro se resume nesta sua frase:

” The fundamental stuff of the universe is not matter and energy, but information.” ( A principal substancia do universe nao e’ materia nem energia, e sim, informação) 

Sem ainda ler o livro li um artigo/resenha do livro, cujo titulo e’:

Probabilistic Programming and Conservation of Information

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/05/probabilistic_p096031.html

E como primeira opinião sobre este livro, eu diria que: 

Dembski: ” The fundamental stuff of the universe is not matter and energy, but information.” Dembsky is right, but he is wrong believing that the information for Nature getting complex systems like living beings, comes from an Intelligent Designer. There is another alternative: 1) For getting an embryo of a human being, the information inserted into an ovule is pure genetics – the DNA; 2) For getting universal consciousness, the information inserted into the Universe at the Big Bang, was pure genetics – the Matrix/DNA I agree that every natural system comes from a previous design, which is another natural system. If the previous system was less evolved, we have a jump in evolution. If the previous system is equal the new one, we have merely a reproductive process. So, if we now have here a new complex system that works as consciousness, it must be or an evolutionary step from another conscious system, or merely, reproduction of a system, which was before the Big Bang. But, the genetic process does not need intelligence, it is natural. Mother giraffe did not use intelligence for building the extraordinary engineer that is the baby giraffe. So, there are at least, two possible rational alternatives. Believing in one, discardingthe other, is not rational. Sorry, Mr. Dembsky.

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Sobre o livro:

http://beingascommunion.com/about/

 

Being as Communion

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About the Book

In Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information, noted mathematician and philosopher William Dembski challenges the oft-made claim that mind is a myth and that everything about us—including our thoughts, our ethics, and our decisions—are ultimately the products of unguided material processes. Dembski provocatively argues that the opposite is true: In light of modern information theory, it is materialism, not mind that is the “myth.” The capstone of a trilogy that includes The Design Inference and No Free LunchBeing as Communion is already being hailed as “staggeringly original,” “brilliant,” and “a tour de force.” Topics addressed by the book include:

  • how information, not matter, is turning out to be the primary “stuff” of the world.
  • how information can help us understand what it means to have free will.
  • how information can help us understand the existence of the soul.
  • how information can be measured.
  • how information poses a fundamental challenge to Darwinian evolution.
  • how information gives fresh meaning to the ideas of Plato and Aristotle.
  • how information lends support to the modern theory of intelligent design.

Along the way, Dembski rebuts several common misconceptions about the theory of intelligent design, and he explores common ground with non-theistic critics of materialism such as New York University philosopher Thomas Nagel, author of Mind and CosmosWhy the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False (2012).

Calling Dembski “one of the most original and rigorous thinkers of his generation,” University of Texas philosopher Robert Koons writes that “Philosophical and theological critics of the ‘intelligent design’ (ID) movement need to read this book, since here Dembski definitively smashes the common caricatures and misrepresentations of the movement… Dembski argues persuasively that information cannot be simply identical with its physical manifestations, and that the concepts of information and teleology are indispensable tools for the contemporary metaphysician.” Similar praise comes from neurosurgeon Michael Egnor at Stony Brook University Medical Center, who callsBeing as Communion “brilliant and.. a desperately needed antidote to materialist tropes that have crippled modern science and philosophy.”

Dembski’s new book will be of interest to students, scholars, scientists, philosophers, theologians, and anyone with a desire to think deeply about the nature of reality and the meaning of human life in the cosmos.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The Challenge of a Material World 2. Free Will: The Power of No 3. Information as Ruling Out Possibilities 4. Possible Worlds 5. Matrices of Possibility 6. Measuring Information 7. Information Theory 8. Intelligence vs. Nature? 9. Natural Teleological Laws 10. Getting Matter from Information 11. The Medium and the Message 12. Embodiment and Transposition 13. Energy 14. An Informationally Porous Universe 15. Determinism 16. Contingency and Chance 17. Search 18. Conservation of Information 19. Natural Selection 20. The Creation of Information 21. A World in Communion Index

Praise for Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information

Being as Communion is a masterpiece. Dembski’s treatment of information is deep, rich and staggeringly original, gathering together many different threads from theology, philosophy and science. In an intellectual world that prizes outrageous proposals, Dembski modestly seeks to turn the world upside down by making the case that information is more fundamental than matter or energy. He thereby illuminates the primacy of mind in the cosmos. This book is a fresh and significant threat to materialist imperialism.” —Mark Fitzmaurice, General Medical Practitioner, Sydney, Australia

“William Dembski is one of the most original and rigorous thinkers of his generation, and his new book, Being as Communion, pulls together in a satisfying way the many threads in the theory of design and information that he has developed over the last 15 years. Philosophical and theological critics of the ‘intelligent design’ (ID) movement need to read this book, since here Dembski definitively smashes the common caricatures and misrepresentations of the movement, including the notion that ID is committed to a metaphysics that is mechanist, dualist, interventionist, or occasionalist. Dembski argues persuasively that information cannot be simply identical with its physical manifestations, and that the concepts of information and teleology are indispensable tools for the contemporary metaphysician.” —Robert C. Koons, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin

“The first Scientific Revolution was the recognition that the book of nature was written in mathematics. The second Scientific Revolution—that the chapter on biology is written in information theory—is taking place in our lifetime. Biology is replete with information, from the genetic code and intricate intracellular nanotechnology to the obvious teleology of evolution. How can we make philosophical and theological sense of biological information? Bill Dembski, a pioneer in Intelligent Design science and a mathematician, philosopher and theologian, is uniquely situated to draw together the metaphysical implications of the information revolution in biology. Dembski succeeds astonishingly well. He asks the salient question: what if the fundamental stuff of the world is not matter but information? This rekindling of Platonic and Aristotelian insight is brilliant and is a desperately needed antidote to materialist tropes that have crippled modern science and philosophy. Dembski’s remarkable insight—that information in nature is communion—is metaphysical and theological sagacity of a high order. A magnificent achievement.” —Michael Egnor, Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Stony Brook University Medical Center

“Dembski has become widely known for his quest to elucidate the role of information in our understanding of science and scientific processes. In this book he clarifies and develops some of the major themes of intelligent design, particularly reflecting on the ‘nature of nature itself.’ Materialism sees matter as basic: Information is merely a form of matter. Dembski argues emphatically that the boot is on the other foot: matter is really a form of information. Building on the ideas of John Wheeler and von Baeyer, this is a tour de force of analytical writing, and another serious wound to the hegemony of materialism in modern science and culture.” —Colin Reeves, Emeritus Professor of Operational Research, Coventry University

“This is a clear, fresh, stimulating, and provocative book. I enjoyed reading it, and recommend it to anyone who would like to think more deeply about information, evolution and creativity.” —Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Science Delusion and a past Research Fellow of the Royal Society in biochemistry at Cambridge University.