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June 6, 2003

Taner Edis

The Ghost in the Universe

Taner EdisOur final formal meeting of the 2002-2003 season took place on Friday, June 6. Our speaker was Taner Edis, an Assistant Professor of Physics at Truman State University in Missouri. He is the author of the recently published book, "The Ghost in the Universe," which was made available for sale to our members before the meeting and which he discussed during the meeting.

Dr. Edis dealt with the idea of the existence or non-existence of God and whether the God concept adds anything to our understanding of the universe or of the natural processes that take place within it. He remarked that religions make top-down assumptions about the universe and that he takes a bottom-up approach. He rejects the New Age approaches as well as those of traditional religions. After criticizing the idea of "intelligent design" and of what he called the liberal evasion that holds that "God works through natural processes." he concluded that the idea of God adds nothing to explaining the physical universe. Random changes and Darwinian natural selection are the explanations he accepts as real. To Dr. Edis, "Randomness is fundamental. This is no accident."

Report prepared by Wayne Luney, HAGSA Recorder

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