--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "off_world_beings" 
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> What would happen if Hagelin seriously weighed in on the current, 
> highly charged, debate on intelligent design? How would he argue, 
> left, right, or center?
> 
> OffWorld

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Hagelin would probably have to go with MMY's statement in the SBAL 
(~p.274):

"All the innumerable decisions that are apparently the result of 
natural laws in the process of evolution are the innumerable 
decisions of the almighty personal supreme God at the head of 
creation. He governs and maintains the entire field of evolution and 
the different lives of innumerable beings in the whole cosmos."

But to me, this does not look different from seeing the universe as 
run by natural laws, i.e., whether it is a person or laws reacting 
to behavior, the outcome looks the same. God is not directing the 
activity of creatures, but is reacting to their behavior -- if 
somebody smokes cigarettes (like David Lynch with his packaday habit 
after 30+ years of TM), making the body coarse, the reaction is to 
create disease which eventually eliminates the body -- this is 
natural selection, whether it is done by a person or a set of laws 
operating automatically.

So although Intelligent Design people would probably be satisfied 
with MMY's statement (that is, if he wasn't a goldurn Hindu), so 
could scientists who see the universe as natural-law-based.

Bob Brigante
http://geocities.com/bbrigante




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