With thanks to a Kiwi reader.
What naturalism is is described in the last paragraph. It is also described in a more relational way here, “Love.”
Professor Werner Gitt – Director and professor at the German Federal Institute of Physics and Technology – tells us that:
“The highest information density known to us is that of DNA molecules…. The storage capacity of DNA, the information carriers of living things, is 4.5 x 10(to the 13th power) times more effective than a megachip!… The sum total of knowledge currently stored in the libraries of the world is estimated at 10(to the 18th power) bits. If this information could be stored in DNA molecules, 1% of the volume of a pinhead would be sufficient for this purpose. If, on the other hand, this information were to be stored with aid of megachips, we would need a pile higher than the distance between the earth and the moon.”
The DNA molecule, of which even the simplest – some would say the most “primitive” – forms of life are composed, is thus 45 million million times more efficient at holding and conveying information than a megachip. This is because the DNA molecule is an incredibly complex three-dimensional information storage system, where the megachip is only two-dimensional. But the DNA molecules ability to store and convey such inconceivably large amounts of information so efficiently does not tell us where the itself comes from. What is the source of that?
Information Theory, of which Professor Gitt is one of the world’s leading exponents, is an important branch of scientific investigation which has shown conclusively and consistently that information cannot and does not arise from any state of non-information, just as life cannot proceed from non-life. Moreover, information has now come to be recognized as the Third Fundamental Quantity of the universe, which hitherto was thought to consist of merely two fundamental quantities, those of matter and energy. The DNA molecule is, of course, matter. Its activities are funded by energy. But the information that it carries is something else entirely. In other words, it is not sufficient to have only matter and energy for DNA to work. What is also required, at least to begin with, is a massive input of information for which matter and energy can give no account, and which neither of them can supply. Again, Professor Gitt:
“According to Norbert Wiener, the founder of cybernetics and information theory, information cannot be of a physical nature, even though it is transmitted by physical means: ‘Information in information, neither matter nor energy. No materialism that fails to take account of this can survive the present day.’”
Because of the increasing disillusionment with the role of chance, a shift took place in the late 60’s and the 70’s to the view that life was somehow the inevitable outcome of nature’s laws at work over vast spans of time. Terms such as “directed chance” and “biochemical predestination” have entered the scientific literature to mean that life was somehow the result of the inherent properties of matter.
But more discomforting still to the materialist, is not just the recent discovery of information to be the Third Fundamental Quantity, but rather the startling realization of its source:
“If a basic code is found in any system, it can be concluded that the system originated from a mental concept, and did not arise by chance…. Meanings always represent mental concepts. They are distinct from matter and energy. They originate from an intelligent source. It is by means of language that information may be stored and transmitted on physical carriers. The information itself is invariant…. The reason for this invariance lies in its non-material nature.”
It would seem then that while some materialists have been busy looking in all the wrong places, certain physicists have stumbled upon the Mind of God.
The problem with most of modern science is that the philosophy of reductionism is the ruling paradigm. According to George Williams, a scientist of some stature in the evolutionary community, the crucial object of selection in evolution is inherently non-material:
“Evolutionary biologists have failed to realize that they work with two more or less incommensurable domains: that of information and that of matter…. These two domains can never be brought together in any kind of the sense usually implied by the term ‘reductionism.’ … The gene is a package of information, not an object. The pattern of base pairs in a DNA molecule specifies the gene. But the DNA molecule is the medium, its not the message…. Just the fact that fifteen years ago I started using a computer may have had something to do with my ideas here. The constant process of transferring information from one physical medium to another and then being able to recover the same information in the original medium brings home the separability of information and matter. In biology, when you’re talking about things like genes and genotypes and gene pools, you’re talking about information, not physical objective reality.”
Perhaps evolutionary biologists have avoided noticing that information and matter are fundamentally different things because that insight is fatal to the whole reductionist project in biology. If the message is truly not reducible to the medium, then trying to explain the creation of the information by a materialistic theory is simply a category mistake. One might as well try to explain the origin of a literary work [say, Hamlet] by invoking the chemical laws that govern the combining of ink and paper, and then proposing speculative hypotheses about how those laws (with boost from chance but without intelligence) might have generated meaningful sentences.
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Here is part of an article by Trevor Loudon entitled, “Socialist ‘JournoListas’.” It is a very imprtant aspect of the JournoList (JourNOlist) story. For all the links out and emphasis on persons and writing, please read Trevor’s post… it is very important!
JournoList was not just a bunch of “liberal’ journos with too much time on their hands.
It was a network of high level opinion makers, united by a “progressive” vision for America. They believed that their superior judgment and insight obligated them to present Americans with a view of reality that they would be too stupid and reactionary to grasp unaided.
At least a few, perhaps many, were committed Marxists who saw journalism, not as a profession, but as a revolutionary tool.
This disgraceful episode should dispel forever the “progressive” lie that the American MainStreamMedia and its “liberal” core, can be trusted to uphold the objective standards of their profession.
- Marc Ambinder – The Atlantic
- Greg Anrig – The Century Foundation
- Ryan Avent – Economist
- Dean Baker – The American Prospect. in 2009 Dean Baker was a Contributing Editor for In These Times.
- Nick Baumann – Mother Jones
- Josh Bearman – LA Weekly
- Steven Benen – The Carpetbagger Report
- Jared Bernstein – Economic Policy Institute
- Michael Berube – Crooked Timber (blog), Pennsylvania State University. In April 2003, Michael Berube signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.
- Lindsay Beyerstein – Focal Point (blog) (formerly Majikthise). In 2009 Lindsay Beyerstein was listed as a member of the Drum Major Institute Netroots Advisory Council.
- Joel Bleifuss – In These Times editor, long-time Democratic Socialists of America affiliate. In October 2008, Joel Bleifuss was one of several thousand college professors, students and academic staff to sign a statement to “Support Bill Ayers,” in solidarity with former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.
- John Blevins – South Texas College of Law
- Sam Boyd – The American Prospect
- Rich Byrne – Playwright and Freelancer
- Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic
- Jonathan Chait – The New Republic
- Lakshmi Chaudry – In These Times
- Isaac Chotiner – The New Republic
- Michael Cohen – New America Foundation
- Jonathan Cohn – The American Prospect, The New Republic. In 2009, Jonathan Cohn was a Senior Fellow of New York-based think tank Demos, which is an Institute for Policy Studies partner organization.
- Joe Conason – The New York Observer
- David Corn – Mother Jones
- Daniel Davies – The Guardian
- David Dayen – FireDogLake
- Brad DeLong – The Economists’ Voice, University of California at Berkley
- Ryan Donmoyer – Bloomberg
- Kevin Drum – Washington Monthly
- Matt Duss – Center for American Progress
- Eve Fairbanks – The New Republic
- Henry Farrell – George Washington University
- Tim Fernholz – The American Prospect, New America Foundation
- James Galbraith – University of Texas at Austin, Campaign for America’s Future
- Todd Gitlin – Professor of Journalism, Columbia University, former leader of Students for a Democratic Society, Campaign for America’s Future founder, Democratic Socialists of America member, In April 2003, Todd Gitlin signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. Progressives for Obama endorser.
- Ilan Goldenberg – National Security Network
- Dana Goldstein – The Daily Beast
- Merrill Goozner – Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect
- David Greenberg – Slate
- Robert Greenwald – Brave New Films, a production company that produced a documentary for Ronnie Earle during the case against Republican Party leader Tom DeLay.
- Chris Hayes – The Nation
- Don Hazen – Alternet
- Michael Hirsh – Newsweek, Take Back America conference, 2008
- John Judis – The New Republic, The American Prospect. A former leader of Democratic Socialists of America‘s preceding organization, the New American Movement, which was formed from the Students for a Democratic Society and the Communist Party USA. Judis is the former Editor of Socialist Revolution magazine and is an Institute for Policy Studies affiliate.
- Michael Kazin – Georgetown University. A founder of Campaign for America’s Future, editor of the Democratic Socialists of America-controlled Dissent magazine and co-author of a history of the Communist Party USA with D.S.A. member Maurice Isserman. In April 2003, Michael Kazin signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. A veteran of the 1969 Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.
- Ed Kilgore – Democratic Party Strategist
- Richard Kim – The Nation
- Mark Kleiman – The Reality Based Community. In 2005 Mark Kleiman served as an affiliated scholar of Center for American Progress.
- Ezra Klein – Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect, 2010 Business Section columnist, Washington Post, formed JournoList, February, 2007
- Joe Klein – TIME Columnist
- Paul Krugman – The New York Times, Princeton University, economics, world affairs and Pulitzer Prize winner (Neo-Marxist).
- Lisa Lerer – POLITICO
- Daniel Levy – Century Foundation
- Alec McGillis – Washington Post
- Scott McLemee – Inside Higher Ed, Democratic Socialists of America affiliate.
- Ari Melber – The Nation
- Seth Michaels – MyDD.com
- Luke Mitchell – Harper’s Magazine
- Gautham Nagesh – The Hill, Daily Caller
- Suzanne Nossel – Human Rights Watch. In 2005 Suzanne Nossel served as an affiliated scholar of Center for American Progress.
- Michael O’Hare – University of California, Berkeley
- Rick Perlstein – Author, Campaign for America’s Future. Democratic Socialists of America affiliate.
- Harold Pollack – University of Chicago
- Foster Kamer – The Village Voice
- Katha Pollitt – The Nation, a member of Democratic Socialists of America and a supporter of Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama. In April 2003, Katha Pollitt signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.
- Ari Rabin-Havt – Media Matters
- David Roberts – Grist
- Alyssa Rosenberg – Washingtonian, The Atlantic
- Alex Rossmiller – National Security Network
- Laura Rozen – Politico, Mother Jones. In 2009 Laura Rozen was listed as a Senior Correspondent of The American Prospect.
- Greg Sargent – Washington Post
- Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun
- Noam Scheiber – The New Republic
- Michael Scherer – TIME
- Mark Schmitt – The American Prospect. New America Foundation, former Director of Policy and Research at the Open Society Institute.
- Adam Serwer – The American Prospect
- Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun (Columnist), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Professor), FiveThirtyEight.com (Contributing Writer)
- Julie Bergman Sender – Balcony Films
- Walter Shapiro – PoliticsDaily.com
- Nate Silver – FiveThirtyEight.com
- Jesse Singal – The Boston Globe, Washington Monthly
- Ben Smith – Chief Writer/Columnist for the POLITICO
- Sarah Spitz – NPR
- Adele Stan – The Media Consortium
- Kate Steadman – Kaiser Health News
- Jonathan Stein – Mother Jones
- Sam Stein – The Huffington Post
- Jesse Taylor – Pandagon.net
- Steven Teles – Yale University, New America Foundation Fellow
- Mark Thoma – The Economist’s View (Blog), University of Oregon (Professor)
- Michael Tomasky – The Guardian, Contributing Editor of The American Prospect
- Jeffrey Toobin – CNN, The New Yorker, writer for The New Yorker Magazine – POLITICO
- Rebecca Traister – Salon (Columnist)
- Tracy Van Slyke – The Media Consortium, Take Back America conference, 2008, former Publisher In These Times
- Dave Weigel – Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent
- Moira Whelan – National Security Network
- Scott Winship – Pew Economic Mobility Project
- Kai Wright – The Root, The nation, The American Prospect, ColorLines, a radical publication of the Communist Party USA connected to Applied Research Center.
- Holly Yeager – Columbia Journalism Review
- Rich Yeselson – Change to Win Labor Federation
- Matthew Yglesias – Center for American Progress, The American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Blogger, POLITICO, Open Society Institute affiliation.
- Jonathan Zasloff – UCLA
- Julian Zelizer – Princeton Professor and CNN contributor.
- Avi Zenilman – POLITICO
Here is part of an article by Trevor Loudon entitled, “Socialist ‘JournoListas’.” It is a very imprtant aspect of the JournoList (JourNOlist) story:
The now closed down JournoList, has caused considerable controversy in recent weeks. According to its opponents, JournoList teamed up some 400 prominent “progressive” journalists in an effort to smooth Barack Obama’s path to the White House.
There have been accusations that “Journolitstas,” deliberately sought to downplay Obama’s association with the Marxist Rev. Jeremiah Wright and tried to smear conservatives or opposing journalists as “racists.”
This post looks at 106 reported “Journolistas” to look for connections or common threads.
Of the known “Jounolistas” and organizations listed below, many can be linked back to two interrelated groups Democratic Socialists of America, the U.S.’s largest Marxist-based organization and the D.S.A.’s “brain,” the Washington DC-based, far left “think tank,” the Institute for Policy Studies.
Between them, D.S.A. and the I.P.S. dominate or influence several organizations affiliated to JournoList, including:
- The American Prospect – Founded in 1990 by D.S.A. affiliate Robert Kuttner. Current editor-at-large, is leading D.S.A. member Harold Meyerson.
- Mother Jones – Includes D.S.A. member Adam Hochschild on its Board of Directors, plus some D.S.A. affiliated staff and contributors. Hochschild was a supporter of Progressives for Obama.
- Economic Policy Institute - Led by D.S.A. member Larry Mishel and I.P.S. affiliate Jeff Faux and several D.S.A. affiliated board members. This organization has contributed at least three officials to the Obama Administration, including Obama economic adviser and ‘Journolista’ Jared Bernstein.
- Center for American Progress – Several staff and officials are affiliated with D.S.A. and the I.P.S. Writing of the Center’s relationship to the Obama Administration, former Weather Underground terrorist leader and Progressives for Obama supporter Mark Rudd said “There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives, I’m told…”
- The Nation – Edited by I.P.S. trustee Katrina vanden Heuvel, who presides over an editorial board which includes D.S.A. members Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich (also an I.P.S. trustee) and Deborah Meier, plus I.P.S. affiliates Tom Hayden and Roger Wilkins.
- In These Times – Created by I.P.S. and run mainly by D.S.A. members and affiliates. Based in Chicago, I.T.T.’s board of editors includes former Weather Underground terrorists and Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
- Progressives for Obama – Established by D.S.A. members Barbara Ehrenreich, Tim Carpenter and Bill Fletchers, Jr. Ehrenreich and Fletcher are also I.P.S. affiliates, as were two more of P.F.O.’s six founders: Tom Hayden and Danny Glover.
- Campaign for America’s Future – Founded in 1996, by several dozen D.S.A. members and I.P.S. affiliates, C.A.F. is a major coordinator of the U.S. “progressive” movement. In recent years it has organized several major Take Back America and America’s Future Now! conferences in Washington DC – which are attended by the cream of the U.S. progressive movement, including Barack Obama himself.
Apart from the D.S.A./I.P.S. connections, leftist institutions like The New Republic and the New Century Foundation are well represented. There are two known connections to George Soros‘ Open Society Institute.
Many major newspapers are also represented, as is national public radio, CNN and a host of leading “progressive” blogs and websites and leftist media “watchdog” Media Matters.