A Universe  Governed
By Laws
 
 
 
INTELLIGENT
 
"Our observance of the working of a watch convinces us that the intelligence lies not in the watch —but in the maker."

—Myer Pearlman


According to the Principle of Cause and Effect, the physical laws of nature are an effect. These laws are evident everywhere in nature. The operations of the Universe are bound by these invisible laws of nature. In fact, all physical processes in nature are guided by universal laws which are fundamental to their purpose. 

"The laws of nature are the same in all times and at all places. In fact they transcend space and time. They are not made of matter, energy, fields, space, or time; they are not made of anything.

In short, they are immaterial and non-physical... they underlie all phenomena as their hidden reason or logos, transcending space and time". [1]

Scientists try to detect and decipher Nature's underlying laws by making approximations of their rules, conditions and behavior. These approximations are often useful, however, deciphering them accurately has proved challenging to all the world's greatest scientists. In many instances scientists are proved wrong.

Scientists' approximations of the laws of nature are a work-in-progress. They attempt to describe how gravity works, but cannot explain why it works. But more importantly, scientists do not know how the laws are implemented, or where the laws originate from.

"But both Newton and Einstein shared the platonic faith that underlying the changing theories of natural science there are true eternal laws, universal and immutable". [1] 

The most important of these laws are those that govern the fundamental forces of nature. Common attributes have been ascribed to them (Pagels), as follows:

  • Invariant nature
  • Universality and simplicity
  • Completeness
  • Relation to observation and experiment
  • Relation to Mathematics
  • However, one question that plagues scientists is, if nature evolves, why don't the laws of nature evolve also? Where did the Laws come from? 

    "The nothingness 'before' the creation of the universe is the most complete void that we can imagine —no space or time or matter existed. It would be a world without place, without duration or eternity, without number —it is what mathematicians call "the empty set."

    Yet this unthinkable void converts itself into a plenum of existence —a necessary consequence of physical laws.

    Where are these laws written into that void? What "tells" the void that it is pregnant with a possible universe? It would seem that even the void is subject to law, a logic that exists prior to time and space." [1] 

     

    Possible Clues
    Based upon these factors, what can be inferred concerning the cause or Causer of the physical laws of the Universe?

    Let's review the evidence: 

     
    CLUE #4: SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THE ENTIRE PHYSICAL REALM IS CONTROLLED BY EFFICIENT AND BINDING LAWS OF NATURE WHICH GOVERN, FOR EXAMPLE:
    • Physical operations of the entire Universe
    • Complex orbital mechanics of celestial bodies, including large galaxies
    • Birth, development and death of stars
    • Rates of nuclear fusion within stars
    • Operations of the four fundamental forces of Nature
    • All inorganic and organic processes
    • All life processes (e.g., reproduction, genetics)
    • Motion
    • Gravity
    • Thermodynamics
    • All chemical processes
    • All biological processes


    Summary
    According to the Principle of Cause and Effect, the physical laws that harness the Universe are an effect of incalculable super-competency. Law implies some agency that can execute the Law (i.e., a law giver).

    But Who or what caused these laws to be imposed upon the Universe? Their cause or Causer must be sufficiently intelligent to devise and levy universally binding statutes governing the broad spectrum of operations from the complex subatomic to the intergalactic.

    Implication:  Omniscience

    Reason: Whoever or whatever caused creation is All-Knowing


     
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    "For the founding fathers of modern science, such as Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes and Newton, the laws of nature were changeless Ideas in the divine mind. God was a mathematician. The discovery of the mathematical laws of nature was a direct insight into the eternal Mind of God. Similar sentiments have been echoed by physicists ever since". [1] 
     
    "But the question remains: why should the laws be as they are? And why should the fundamental constants have the particular values they have?" [1] 
     
    "Modern attempts to create a mathematical Theory of Everything accept an evolutionary cosmology, but at the same time accept the traditional faith in eternal laws of nature and the invariance of fundamental constants. The laws were in some sense already there before the initial singularity; or rather they transcend time and space altogether." [1]  
     
    "And if there was a birth of the cosmos, an initial "singularity," as physicists put it, then once again age-old questions arise. Where and what did everything come from? Why is the universe as it is? In addition, a new question arises. If all nature evolves, why should the laws of nature not evolve as well? If laws are immanent in evolving nature, then the laws should evolve too." 
     
    "The laws of nature are the same in all times and at all places. In fact they transcend space and time. They are not made of matter, energy, fields, space, or time; they are not made of anything. In short, they are immaterial and non-physical...they underlie all phenomena as their hidden reason or logos, transcending space and time". [1]
     

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