"The "intelligence" of Intelligent
Design is intended to be confabulated with "information". This is what
leads to the necessity -- consistent with this theory-- of an
embodiment of an intelligent multi-talented (compound) god.
Intelligence is the result of the use of information, but it's not the
same thing as information. Information is the fuel of
intelligence. It's not the engine, it's not the car, and it doesn't
tell the car when and where to go and stop. [. . .]
"God is the source of information -- and this information is the fuel
of intelligence. . ."
"Behe cites the malaria literature to note that two
in the digestive-vacuole membrane protein PfCRT (at positions 76 and
220) of Plasmodium are required to confer chloroquine resistance. From
a report that spontaneous resistance to the drug can be found in
roughly 1 parasite in 1020, he asserts that these are the odds of both
mutations arising in a single organism, and uses them to make this
"On average, for humans to achieve a
mutation like this by chance, we would need to wait a hundred million
times ten million years. Since that is many times the age of the
universe, it's reasonable to conclude the following: No mutation that
is of the same complexity as chloroquine resistance in malaria arose by
Darwinian evolution in the line leading to humans in the past ten
"Behe, incredibly, thinks he has determined the
odds of a mutation "of the same complexity" occurring in the human
line. He hasn't. What he has actually done is to determine the odds of
these two exact mutations occurring simultaneously at precisely the
same position in exactly the same gene in a single individual. He then
leads his unsuspecting readers to believe that this spurious
calculation is a hard and fast statistical barrier to the accumulation
of enough variation to drive darwinian evolution."
"What happens of a cell experiences a
stressful environment but does not
have a gene program (behavior) to deal with the stress? It is now
recognized that cells can "rewrite" existing gene programs in an effort
to overcome the stressful condition. These DNA changes are mutations.
Until recently, all mutations were thought to be "random", meaning that
the outcome of the mutation could not be directed. It is now recognized
that environmental stimuli can induce "adaptive" mutations that enable
a cell to specifically alter its genes. Furthermore, such mutations may
be mediated by an organism's perception of its environment. For
example, of an organism "perceives" a stress that is actually not
there, the misperception can actually change the genes to accommodate
"A quantum computer is any device for computation that makes direct use of distinctively quantum mechanicalphenomena,
such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations
on data. In a classical (or conventional) computer, information is
stored as bits;
in a quantum computer, is stored as qubits (quantum bits).
The basic principle of quantum computation is that the quantum
properties can be used to represent and structure data, and that
quantum mechanisms can be devised and built to perform operations with this data.
. . ."
—The Wikipedia entry continues with a somewhat technical outline of the basis of
quantum computing, and the current state of research.
A readable presentation of the basics
Quantum Computer, an introduction by Prof. Jacob West, of Cal.
Tech (April 2000).
computer. Your computer represents
the culmination of years of technological advancements beginning with
early ideas of Charles
Babbage (1791-1871) and eventual creation of the first computer by
German engineer Konrad
Zuse in 1941. Surprisingly however, the high speed modern
sitting in front of you is fundamentally no different from its
30 ton ancestors,
which were equipped with some 18000 vacuum tubes and 500 miles of
Although computers have become more compact and considerably faster in
performing their task, the task remains the same: to manipulate and
an encoding of binary bits into a useful computational result. A
bit is a fundamental unit of information, classically represented as a
0 or 1 in your digital computer. Each classical bit is physically
realized through a macroscopic physical system, such as the
on a hard disk or the charge on a capacitor. A document, for
comprised of n-characters stored on the hard drive of a typical
is accordingly described by a string of 8n zeros and
Herein lies a key difference between your classical computer and a
computer. Where a classical computer obeys the well
of classical physics, a quantum computer is a device that harnesses
phenomenon unique to quantum mechanics (especially quantum
interference) to realize a fundamentally new mode of information
processing. . . "
"Deutsch invented the idea of the quantum
computer in the 1970s as a
way to experimentally test the "Many Universes Theory" of quantum
physics -- the idea that when a particle changes, it changes into all
possible forms, across multiple universes.
"Deutsch is a leading
proponent of the theory, so, while he wasn't in attendance at the
D-Wave announcement, perhaps it's safe to say as well that he was.
Wired News pulled him away from dinner to talk about what a quantum
computer really is, what it's good for and what D-Wave's announcement
might mean for the future. . . " —Read
the entire interview in Wired
"'I sometimes wonder what's the most mind-boggling
thing that could happen during my lifetime," says Hsu. . . 'One of them
would be to come into conact with an alien civilisation. But it would
be more exciting to find some message from a creator - the implications
would be even more profound' . . .
"Hsu draws a parallel with the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence. SETI researchers assume that aliens would reveal
their existence by sending a signal that is obviously not random and
encodes some natural sequence, like the digits of the number pi. The message would essentially be: "We're here, and we've figured out
what you've figured out." Similarly, the creator of the universe might
hallmark His handiwork with a message about universal laws. Hsu
speculates that the first part of the message could be a kind of key -
a simple statement that is easy to decode. That might be the simplest
matrices of the algebra that describes
nature's fundamental forces. 'They could give out very specific
information that all the physicists of all the advanced civilisations
would immediately recognise,' says Hsu. There would still be room for
plenty more information - maybe even telling us something we didn't
know, like the route to a "theory of everything".'"
Ancient mathematicians had no decimal point. Significant
digits were all that mattered. Seth Lloyd, in his
recent book Programming the
Orangutan communication resembles "charades". A
newsnote on www.world-science.net summarizes a paper by
psychologists Erica A. Cartmill and Richard W. Byrne, published in the
Aug. 2, 2007 issue of Current Biology:
"When orangutans use gestures to communicate, they
use the same basic strategy that people follow in playing the game
charades. . . Captive orangutans intentionally modify or repeat hand or
other signals based on the success or failure of a first attempt. . ."
a pre-print abstract of the Current Biology article.
(Complete article available by subscription).
Also see earlier basic research on the primacy
of gesture in the development of language:
"Section III sets out eleven pieces
the view that vocal language must have been preceded by an earlier
of gesture. Based on those principles and
sets out seven proposed stages in the process whereby language
evolved: (1) the use of mimed movement to
to be performed, (2) the development of referential pointing which,
when combined with mimed movement,
leads to a
of gesture, ..."
OF INFORMATION Essays and graphics in this section are by Stan
The Shape of
Information.As published in the Noetic Journal,
vol. 3 #2. From the Abstract: "The natural geometry of the
and personal information gradients of all information systems follows
same topology, and can take the same geometric form." Note that
this vortex shape is based on the reciprocal spiral, not the
log spirals. For more on the ways this vortex can be created, see
by Stan Tenen.
The Arm of GodThe First Hand(tm) vortex "shape of
information" pictured above is based on the reciprocal spiral, not the log spirals. For more on the ways this vortex can be created, see
the Meru archive essay The
Arm of God. Also, for a craftsman's construction version,
go to the Squaring the Circle section.
Devorah, the Bee-Speaker. Reprinted from Meru Foundation
eTORUS #34. The "waggle-dance" of honeybees is a 2-dimensional
embodiment of the "shape of information".
“He created with it the light, through
Utterance, ‘Let there be light,’ which is the spreading forth and
flow of the light from
above into the world, and its diffusion in the world from one end to
From Roger Penrose (1989)
"Contrary to a common impression, the
earth does not gain [net]
energy from the sun!
What the earth does is to take energy in low-entropy form, and then
spew it all back again into
space, but in a high-entropy form. What the sun has done for us is to
supply us with a huge source of low entropy. We (via the plant's
cleverness), make use of this, ultimately extracting some tiny part of
this low entropy and converting it into the remarkable and intricately
organized structures that are ourselves.
on mathematical philosopher Arthur Young's work and life is posted on www.arthuryoung.com. Many of
Meru Foundation's DVD and videotape lectures were recorded live at
Arthur Young's Institute for the
Study of Consciousness in Berkeley CA during the 1990's.
unto the man who asserts that this Torah intends to relate only
things and secular narratives; for if this were so, then in the present
likewise a Torah might be written with more attractive narratives...Now
narratives of the Torah are its garments.
He who thinks that these garments are the Torah itself deserves to
perish and have no share in the world to come.
Wo unto the fools who look no further when they see an elegant
robe! More valuable than the garment is
the body which carries it, and more valuable
even than that is the soul which animates the body. Fools see
only the garment of the Torah, the
more intelligent see the body, the wise
see the soul, its proper being, and in the Messianic time the 'upper
the Torah will stand revealed.'"
Daniel Matt (2003): ZOHAR:
The Pritzker Edition (Stanford U.
Daniel Matt (1983): ZOHAR:
The Book of Enlightenment (Paulist Press)
Gershom Scholem (1949): ZOHAR: The Book of Splendor
Soncino Press (1984): ZOHAR, tr. Harry Sperling & Maurice
Nurho de Manhar (1900-14): ZOHAR: An Expository Translation from
Hebrew (Wizards Bookshelf 1980)
Jerry Winston (1976): Colors from the Zohar