Astrology is better science than evolution

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I chose the title of this post to evoke extreme reaction in some people. For most I have probably failed. A few will have the extreme reaction, but most will read the title and write me off as a crackpot.

Another few might have curiosity. What exactly could he be getting at? Is he being serious or facetious? For those few with the extreme reaction, and with the curiosity, I write this post.

The key to the whole phrase rests on the definition of science. There is the derivation of the word in English, and there is what it actually means.

The English word “science” comes from a Latin word that means “knowledge”, or to “know”. In English the meaning got separated from all other knowledge to mean our knowledge of the physical world.

Thus the questions arise, how do we learn about the physical world, and what sort of knowledge can we know about it? Both of these questions are based on our concept of causality. Some might understand this as the idea of cause and effect. One event/thing/reason creates or leads to another thing, which is its effect.

The fact that usually falls below our consciousness is that the connection between cause and effect is not provable, it is inferred. We also have difficulty separating correlation from causation. What do I mean by that second statement? Just because two items seem to go along with each other, go together, doesn’t mean that one is the cause of the other.

A great example of this, one I learned back in my college accounting days, was that one of the best indicators of the American stock market was the price of butter in Bangladesh. Now, just because the two move together, who would actually think that the price of butter in Bangladesh caused movements in the American stock market, or that the American stock market was the chief driver of the price of butter in Bangladesh? The two events have a correlation, not a causation.

Getting back to science, our knowledge of the physical world, we learn about the physical world by applying our knowledge of causality to it, observing it, and coming to conclusions.

Okay, I’ve prepared the ground. Now let me lay the foundation for my claim that Astrology is better science than Evolution. And I do mean Astrology — horoscopes and the like, not Astronomy — the study of the stars.

It all rests of the concept of causality, of one event/thing/reason creating or leading to another thing, which is its effect. Some of you might be with me with the logical fact that causation can not be proved, only inferred. But the real logical fact that will prove my case is that there is more than one concept of causality. Different concepts of causality lead to different sciences, and different conclusions about the physical world.

Here is my claim that I will go on to support with evidence:

  • Astrology is a science, because it is based on specific concept of causality, and its observations of the physical world can be concluded from that concept of causality.
  • Evolution is not a science, because it is not based on a specific concept of causality, and its observations of the physical world cannot be concluded from the concept of causality it claims as its source.
  • Since Evolution fails the test of being scientific, it is a faith system, not a scientific system.
  • Thus Astrology is more scientific than Evolution.

Let me take this one step at a time. First, let me put forward the two concepts of causality, the one Astrology is based up, and the one Evolution claims to be based upon.

To understand Astrology as a science, we need to know when astrology was developed as a science, by whom, and under what causality? Astrology was part of the science of the Levantine world, the civilization that followed the classical world, and that included both the Muslim caliphate and the Eastern Roman Empire.

The basic hypothesis as a scientific proposition is:

The force and nature of the stars provide the mechanism by which events are brought about. It is a scientific proposition because … (it) supposes the montions and forces of the stars  are subject to system and rational analysis. (Lawrence R. Brown, The Might of the West.)

Or to put it in the word of the great Levantine thinkeng Averroes:

A knowledge of causes is a knowledge of secret things, because the secret is a knowledge of the existence of a thing before it comes into being. And as the arrangement and order of causes bring a thing into existence or not at a certain time, there must be knowledge of the existence or non-existence of a thing at a certain time.

When you suppose the ability to predict, via science, specific events, then astrology becomes a part of the pervue of science, and thus scientific. As Averroes said, all the knowledge of future, specific events, is in current events, including the stars. This is a very basic explanation of the causality, but accurate.

Of course this is not the type of causality that Evolution claims to be based on; that is Western causality.  So, what exactly is our scientific causality?

Our scientific causality is based on several things, but the one that shows that Evolution is not science is our concept of the scientific method. Our science never proves the occurrence of a specific event. We eliminate all uncertain variables, and then we say what will happen IF all the variables are a specific way. The result is what would happen in general, generic way, not what would happen in any specific event. Our causality is non-historical. It doesn’t apply to historical time, past, present or future.

One can take the discoveries of our science and apply it in practical, historical circumstances — one example of that is engineering. But once again, that isn’t science, because in that historical circumstance there will be other factors, outside what the science had talked about, influencing the circumstance, unanticipated variables.

The same issue is at work if you attempt to apply the science backwards in time. The science can guide you with expectations, but the further back you go, the more unanticipated variables there are, and the less likely the accuracy of predictions, predictions which are not science.

So, I have not presented a case that shows the truth or falsehood of evolution.  What I have shown is that evolution cannot be proven by science. Evolution is not scientific; it doesn’t fit the causality of our science. If it is to be proven at all, it must be proven by other means.

Today we apply what we learn through our science to our lives, via engineering, until it seems our science is very powerful, and capable of most anything. What we don’t realize is that those applications are not science, but engineering, and fraught with all the guesswork of the unintended variable.

 

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#47 All Glory to Jesus

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 (Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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All glory to Jesus, begotten of God

The great I AM is He;

Creator, sustainer – but wonder of all,

The Lamb of Calvary

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To think that the guardian of planets in space,

The Shepherd of the stars,

Is tenderly leading the church of His love

By hands with crimson scars!

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The King of all kings and the Lord of all lords,

He reigns in glory now;

Some day He is coming earth’s kingdom to claim,

And ev’ry knee shall bow!

CODA

And ev’ry knee shall bow!

Thanksgiving chime choir

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Today I finish my Thanksgiving week music on the blog with the way it began in real life: With the Youth Chime Choir from Avondale United Methodist Church.

The youth played Come Ye Thankful People, Come. At both services.

So here is he 8:30 service:

And there is the 10:50 service:

Always great to see our youth commiting themselves to worship and music.

Thanksgiving Music #4

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Unlike the rest of the videos in my Thanksgiving music series, this video is one complete whole, not a compilation of several other shorter videos. This is an actualy broadcast put together in 2011 by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This is a very homey yet high church presentation of music from several centuries of the church’s musica tradition.

This program talks about a gift of gratitude. A story in here talks about being thankful makes us giving people. What I would like to add is that one cannot be thankful for something without being thankful to someone. Many people today are vaguely thankful, but don’t experience the true sense of thankfulness, which opens the well of giving, because they avoid thinking about who they are thankful to.

My wish for you, this Thanksgiving season, is that you think not just about what you are thankful for, but who ou are thankful to. It could truly change your life (scary, I know, but well worth the risk).

Thanksgiving music #3

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Its the official holiday. So I’ve chosen what is probably the shortest of the video compilations, but also the most appropriate. This one concentrates on hymns.

What is a hymn, you say? A hymn is a song of praise. It usually tells us a story of what God has done and will do. As a part of the tradition of the church it unites us through story with the church eternal, past and present. We need to know the story of who we are, where we came from and where we are going. A proper hymn, like the Bible itself, fills this function.

#46: O for a Thousand Tongues

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 (Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace.

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My gracious Master and my God,

Assist me to proclaim,

To spread thru all the earth abroad

The honors of Thy name.

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Jesus! The name that charms our fears,

That bids our sorrows cease.

‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,

‘Tis life and health and peace.

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He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin,

He sets the pris’ner free.

His blood can make the foulest clean –

His blood availed for me.

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Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,

Your loosened tongues employ.

Ye blind, behold your Savior come,

And leap, ye lame, for joy.

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Glory to God and praise and love

Be ever, ever giv’n

By saints below, and saint above –

The Church in earth and heav’n.

Thanksgiving music #2

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This video compilation starts with a song that evokes a positive association for me.

It is sung by George Beverly Shea. Long known for his association with the Billy Graham Crusades, I had the privilege, as part of the Houghton College Choir, to sing with Shea when he was the featured guest at the Founders’ Day Chapel in 1987. Our director, Dr. Yost, wrote an excellent arrangement of Shea’s I’d Rather Have Jesus that we sang as backup to Shea, and which Shea complimented highly.

The rest of the compilation has a mix of very traditional religious material, and more seasonal-mentioning fare, even some with a humorous moment or two.

#11, the It’s Thanksgiving song is an example of one of those “seasonal songs” that really misses telling us anything about the holiday’s importance itself by concentrating too much on the holiday, and really misses the point.

Which is why the next selection, Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Speech, is such an important counterpoint. Putting it in between two totally seasonal songs just makes it stand out. #13 the Turkey song is so unnecessary and confusing.