Accidents or intelligent design?


Charles Chidi Achodo:

The Catholic Church stifled scientific inquiry, so, Europeans struggled on to figure out a way to conduct their scientific research without the church interfering in their studies. They believed that to posit any kind of intelligence or God operating in the universe would give religionists power and they use that power to interrupt further studies.

      The masses of humanity are comfortable worshipping what they call God but are too lazy to use their minds to try figuring out the way things are.

     Scientists enjoy the spirit of inquiring, using their minds to figure out things and do not want crazy religionists to posit God and use that concept to cut off asking questions, by saying that God said this or that, as if that should end asking questions.

       Thus, scientists adopted the idea of accidents, chance, and randomness as the determiner of what is. Even when it is obvious that something could not have been caused by chance, scientists insist on chance because to postulate God stifles further inquiring.

      The level of planning that went into the origin and expansion of the universe alone is mind boggling; what goes on in stars, the process of nucleosynthesis is amazing; each star’s life time is mathematically calibrated, we know how long each star would keep on synthesizing hydrogen to helium and when the star runs short of hydrogen begin synthesizing carbon, oxygen until it gets to iron, #26 on  the periodic table and the star swells up and blows up (supernova and the core implodes to either black holes or neutron stars and in small stars to red giants or white dwarfs), all these are done as if an intelligent agent planned them out with mathematical precision, no deviation from the plan!

     Lately, I have been writing down my dreams and was flabbergasted by the level of planning and intelligence in them. Each dream sequence has a goal that it wants to accomplish and aligns all that happens in the dream towards accomplishing that goal (philosophically, this is called teleology). The best playwright in the English-speaking world, William Shakespeare, could not have written a more sophisticated play, gathered the best actors to dramatize it, and dramatized it seamlessly, as is done in each of my dreams; yet, we say that it is done by accidents. Accidents my foot!

      Some unknown intelligence does our dreaming; I do not know what that intelligence is and how it does its work. However, I know that to posit God closes further inquiry on the nature of dreams and the nature of phenomena in general.

      Now you see why scientists are leery of talking about God; folks use God to cast themselves into deep sleep, slumber, instead of trying to use their minds to understand their world.

      Consider Africans, they are always saying that God did this or that instead of trying to use their minds and intelligence to understand what they are attributing to God. Given their refusal to think, they end up as dumb as doorknobs, contributing zero to science.

      The relevant point that I hope I made here is that scientists know that there is intelligence operating in the universe and in our lives but are cautious to call it spirit or God because to do so would empower crazy religionists; religionists would use their imaginary gods to close further inquiry; it is only in inquiry that we progress, scientifically; therefore, it is useful to operate as if things happen by accidents rather than have some pastor, appealing to folks emotions, disrupt scientific inquiry.


Ozodi Osuji,

July 3, 2022

At the moment, I am reading, Trigg, Roger (2015). Beyond Matter, why science needs metaphysics.  New York: Templeton Press. 162 pages.

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