The Coherence Of An Engineered World
Free (open access)
Volume 4 (2009), Issue 1
42 - 65
D. HALSMER, J. ASPER, N. ROMAN & T. TODD
Normally, scientific discoveries are funnelled into the development of engineered products that benefit humanity. But recently, a strange turnabout in the flow of practical information has occurred. Concepts from the fi eld of engineering have been found extremely useful in areas of science. From the very large aspects of the universe (i.e., big bang cosmology and galactic and stellar evolution) to the very small (i.e., the fitness of the chemical elements and the coding of DNA for life), the cosmos is so readily and profitably reverse engineered by its human inhabitants as to suggest that the whole shebang was engineered from the beginning. The linking of extraordinarily complex, but stable and functional structures with the production of value provides the strong impression of a calculating intentionality, which is apparently able to operate in a transcendent fashion. The most coherent view of the universe is that of a system of interdependent subsystems that efficiently interact to prepare for, develop, and support advanced life, subject to various physical constraints. The quest for understanding our universe as a whole benefi ts from the integration of knowledge from all areas of study, including those that consider questions of purpose, such as design engineering. The synthesis of this knowledge that provides the most satisfying answers regarding human experience is one that admits the recognition of purpose and the existence of an (as yet, not-well-understood) engineering influence.
Cosmogony, Cosmology, Design in Nature, Fine-tuning, Intelligent Design, Laws of Nature, Philosophy of Science, Reverse Engineering, Teleology, Transcendence