Another excerpt from my new book What Your Atheist Professor Doesn’t Know (But Should):
So what do the super-intelligent say about all this? I did a little bit of research on the highest IQ’s on earth, and to my surprise found indications that four out of the top five were not atheists. The man who may be the smartest of them all – Christopher Langan (IQ around 200) – is an unabashed Intelligent Design proponent. He had a piece in William Dembski’s ID essay book Uncommon Dissent which was called Cheating the Millenium: The Mounting Explanatory Debts of Scientific Naturalism. Langan explains on his website that he believes “since Biblical accounts of the genesis of our world and species are true but metaphorical, our task is to correctly decipher the metaphor in light of scientific evidence also given to us by God”.
Langan has a “theory of everything” (which I’ve read, but don’t fully understand) called The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of The Universe (CTMU). In his words, it:
…attempts to explain the connection between mind and reality, and therefore the presence of cognition and universe in the same phrase. In explaining this relationship, the CTMU shows that reality possesses a complex property akin to self-awareness. That is, just as the mind is real, reality is in some respects like a mind. But when we attempt to answer the obvious question “whose mind?”, the answer turns out to be a mathematical and scientific definition of God. This implies that we all exist in what can be called “the Mind of God”, and that our individual minds are parts of God’s Mind. They are not as powerful as God’s Mind, for they are only parts thereof; yet, they are directly connected to the greatest source of knowledge and power that exists. This connection of our minds to the Mind of God, which is like the connection of parts to a whole, is what we sometimes call the soul or spirit, and it is the most crucial and essential part of being human. (CTMU.org).
Again, I don’t necessarily endorse all of his beliefs, but that’s not the point. The point is that some VERY smart people have not accepted atheism, including most scientists, and they have good reason for not doing so. In popular culture, the opposite impression has developed, so more work needs to be done here in the name of intellectual integrity. If you are a truth-seeker, and find it disappointing when culture gloms on to an ungrounded myth (like neo-Darwinism), please share this information.
I’ll wrap this chapter up with an interesting image. The following is what a gene regulatory network looks like for a tissue type called endomesoderm, in simple sea urchins. Does this look like a series of accidents to you, or does it look like design?
Steve J. Williams is the author of What Your Atheist Professor Doesn’t Know (But Should)