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Shannon’s Theory of Information 1

Most of the experts debating the origin of information rely on the mathematical model of communication developed by the late Claude Shannon with its quantitative merits.2–4 Shannon’s fame began with publication of his master’s thesis, which was called “possibly the most important, and also the most famous, master’s thesis of the century”.5

Messages are strings of symbols, like ‘10011101’, ‘ACCTGGTCAA’, and ‘go away’. All messages are composed of symbols taken from a coding alphabet. The English alphabet uses 26 symbols, the DNA code, four, and binary codes use two symbols.

Hubert Yockey is a pioneer in applying Shannon’s theory to biology.  Once it was realized that the genetic code uses four nucleobases, abbreviated A, C, G, and T, in combinations of three to code for amino acids, the relevance of Information Theory became quickly apparent. Yockey used the mathematical formalism of Shannon’s work to evaluate the information of cytochrome c proteins, selected due to the large number of sequence examples available. Many proteins are several times larger, or show far less tolerance to variability, as is the case of another example Yockey discusses:

“The pea histone H3 and the chicken histone H3 differ at only three sites, showing almost no change in evolution since the common ancestor. Therefore histones have 122 invariant sites … the information content of an invariant site is 4.139 bits, so the information content of the histones is approximately 4.139 × 122, or 505 bits required just for the invariant sites to determine the histone molecule.”

Yockey seems to believe the information was front-loaded on to DNA about four billion years ago in some primitive organism. This viewpoint is not elaborated on by him and is deduced primarily by his comments that Shannon’s Channel Capacity Theorem ensures transmission of the original message correctly. 
Bio-physicist Lee Spetner, Ph.D. from MIT, is a leading information theoretician who wrote the book Not by Chance.27 He is a very lucid participant in Internet debates on evolution and information theory, and is adamant that evolutionary processes quantitatively won’t increase information. In his book, he wrote,

“I don’t say it’s impossible for a mutation to add a little information. It’s just highly improbable on theoretical grounds. But in all the reading I’ve done in the life-sciences literature, I’ve never found a mutation that added information. The NDT says not only that such mutations must occur, they must also be probable enough for a long sequence of them to lead to macroevolution.”

Within Shannon’s framework, it is correct that a random mutation could increase information content. However, one must not automatically conflate ‘more information content’ with good or useful. Although Spetner says information could be in principle created or increased, Dr Werner Gitt, retired Director and Professor at the German Federal Institute of Physics and Technology, denies this:

Theorem 23: There is no known natural law through which matter can give rise to information, neither is any physical process or material phenomenon known that can do this.”

In his latest book, Gitt refines and explains his conclusions from a lifetime of research on information and its inseparable reliance on an intelligent source. There are various manifestations of information: for example, the spider’s web; the diffraction pattern of butterfly wings; development of embryos; and an organ-playing robot. He introduces the term ‘Universal Information’ to minimize confusion with other usages of the word information:

Universal Information (UI) is a symbolically encoded, abstractly represented message conveying the expected actions(s) and the intended purposes(s). In this context, ‘message’ is meant to include instructions for carrying out a specific task or eliciting a specific response [emphasis added].”35

Information must be encoded on a series of symbols which satisfy three Necessary Conditions (NC). These are conclusions, based on observation.

NC1: A set of abstract symbols is required.
NC2: The sequence of abstract symbols must be irregular.
NC3: The symbols must be presented in a recognizable form, such as rows, columns, circles, spirals and so on.

Gitt also concludes that UI is embedded in a five-level hierarchy with each level building upon the lower one:


[1]statistics (signal, number of symbols)
[2]cosyntics (set of symbols, grammar)
[3]semantics (meaning)
[4]pragmatics (action)
[5]apobetics (purpose, result).


Gitt believes information is guided by immutable Scientific Laws of Information (SLIs).36,37 Unless shown to be wrong, they deny a naturalist origin for information, and they are:

SLI-1: Information is a non-material entity.
SLI-2: A material entity cannot create a non-material entity.
SLI-3: UI cannot be created by purely random processes.
SLI-4: UI can only be created by an intelligent sender.
SLI-4a: A code system requires an intelligent sender.
SLI-4b: No new UI without an intelligent sender.
SLI-4c: All senders that create UI have a non-material component.
SLI-4d: Every UI transmission chain can be traced back to an original intelligent sender
SLI-4e: Allocating meanings to, and determining meanings from, sequences of symbols are intellectual processes.
SLI-5: The pragmatic attribute of UI requires a machine.
SLI-5a: UI and creative power are required for the design and construction of all machines.
SLI-5b: A functioning machine means that UI is affecting the material domain.
SLI-5c: Machines operate exclusively within the physical– chemical laws of matter.
SLI-5d: Machines cause matter to function in specific ways.
SLI-6: Existing UI is never increased over time by purely physical, chemical processes.

These laws are inconsistent with the assumption stated by Nobel Prize winner and origin-of-life specialist Manfred Eigen: “The logic of life has its origin in physics and chemistry.” The issue of information, the basis of genetics and morphology, has simply been ignored. On the other hand,

Norbert Wiener, a leading pioneer in information theory, understood clearly that, “Information is information, neither matter nor energy. Any materialism that disregards this will not live to see another day.”


It is apparent that Gitt views Shannon’s model as inadequate to handle most aspects of information, and that he means something entirely different by the word ‘information’.
Arch-atheist Richard Dawkins reveals a Shannon orientation to what information means when he wrote, “Information, in the technical sense, is surprise value, measured as the inverse of expected probability.” He adds, “It is a theory which has long held a fascination for me, and I have used it in several of my research papers over the years.” And more specifically,

“The technical definition of ‘information’ was introduced by the American engineer Claude Shannon in 1948. An employee of the Bell Telephone Company, Shannon was concerned to measure information as an economic commodity.”
“DNA carries information in a very computer-like way, and we can measure the genome’s capacity in bits too, if we wish. DNA doesn’t use a binary code, but a quaternary one. Whereas the unit of information in the computer is a 1 or a 0, the unit in DNA can be T, A, C or G. If I tell you that a particular location in a DNA sequence is a T, how much information is conveyed from me to you? Begin by measuring the prior uncertainty. How many possibilities are open before the message ‘T’ arrives? Four. How many possibilities remain after it has arrived? One. So you might think the information transferred is four bits, but actually it is two.”

In articles and discussions among non-specialists, questions are raised such as “Where does the information come from to create wings?” There is an intuition among most of us that adding biological novelty requires information, and more features implies more information. I suspect this is what lies behind claims that evolutionary processes cannot create information, meaning complex new biological features. Even Dawkins subscribes to this intuitive notion of information:

“Imagine writing a book describing the lobster. Now write another book describing the millipede down to the same level of detail. Divide the word-count in one book by the word-count in the other, and you have an approximate estimate of the relative information content of lobster and millipede.”


Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and active member of the Intelligent Design movement, relies on Shannon’s theory for his critiques on naturalism. He recognizes that some sequences of characters serve a deliberate and useful purpose. Meyer says the messages with this property exhibit specified complexity, or specified information.Shannon’s Theory of Communication itself has no need to address the question of usefulness, value, or meaning of transmitted messages. In fact, he later avoided the word information. His concern was how to transmit messages error-free. But Meyer points out that

“… molecular biologists beginning with Francis Crick have equated biological information not only with improbability (or complexity), but also with ‘specificity’, where ‘specificity’ or ‘specified’ has meant ‘necessary to function’.”

I believe Meyer’s definition of information corresponds to Durston’s Functional Information.


[size=10]Figure 1. Shannon’s schematic diagram of a general communication system.2
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William Dembski, another prominent figure in the Intelligent Design movement, is a major leader in the analysis of the properties and calculations of information, and will be referred to in the next parts to this series. He has not reported any analysis of his own on protein or gene sequences, but also accepts that H0–Hf is the relevant measure from Shannon’s work to quantify information.

In part 2 of this series I’ll show that many things are implied in Shannon’s theory that indicate an underlying active intelligence.
Thomas Schneider is a Research Biologist at the National Institutes of Health. His Ph.D. thesis in 1984 was on applying Shannon’s Information Theory to DNA and RNA binding sites and he has continued this work ever since and published extensively.


[size=10]Figure 2. The transmission of genetic message from the DNA tape to the protein tape, according to Yockey.17
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Senders and receivers in information theories



There is common agreement that a sender initiates transmission of a coded message which is received and decoded by a receiver. Figure 1 shows how Shannon depicted this and figure 2 shows Yockey’s version.


[size=10]Figure 3. A comprehensive diagram of the five levels of Universal Information, according to Gitt.
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A fundamental difference in Gitt’s model is the statement that all levels of information, including the Apobetics (intended purpose) are present in the Sender (figure 3). All other models treat the Sender as merely whatever releases the coded message to a receiver. In Shannon’s case, the Sender is the mindless equipment which initiates transmission to a channel. For Yockey the Sender is DNA, although he considers the ultimate origin of the DNA sequences open. Gitt distinguishes between the original and the intermediate Sender.


Humans intuitively develop coded information systems


Humans interact with coded messages with such phenomenal skill, most don’t even notice what is going on. We discuss verbally with ease. Engineers effortlessly devise various designs: sometimes many copies of machines are built and equipped with message-based processing resources (operating systems, drivers, microchips, etc.). Alternatively, the hardware alone could be distributed and all the processing power provided centrally (such as the ‘dumb terminals’ used before personal computers). To illustrate, intellectual tools such as reading, grammar, and language can be taught to many students in advance. Later it is only necessary to distribute text to the multiple human processors.
The strategy of distributing autonomous processing copies is common in nature. Seeds and bacterial colonies already contain preloaded messages, ribosomes already possess engineered processing parts, and so on.

Conclusion


The word information is used in many ways, which complicates the discussion as to its origin. The analysis shows two families of approaches. One is derived from Shannon’s work and the other is Gitt’s. To a large extent the former addresses the how question: how to measure and quantify information. The latter deals more with the why issue: why is information there, what is it good for?
The algorithmic definition of information, developed by Solomonoff and Kolmogorov, with contributions from Chaitin, is rarely used in the debate about origins and in general discussions about information currently. For this reason it was not discussed in this part of the series.

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Implications of the scientific laws of information—part 2 1

In the past there were so-called perpetual motion experts. These were inventors and tinkerers who wanted to build a machine that would run continuously without the supply of energy. The discovery of the law of conservation of energy (a law of nature) brought all efforts to solve this challenge to a halt because aperpetuum mobile is an impossible machine. Such a machine will never be built, as the laws of nature make it impossible. Evolution could only occur if the possibility existed that information could arise by itself out of matter. Those who believe that evolution is a plausible concept believe in a “perpetuum mobile of information”. If there were laws of nature that preclude a perpetuum mobile of this kind, the theory of evolution would be disproved. Such laws of nature actually exist, and I have presented these at many universities throughout of the world. The concept of this theory of information is explained in the first article (part I) in this issue. There I enumerated four scientific laws of information arising from observations in the real world. None of them has been falsified by way of an observable process or experiment. In this article, eight far-reaching conclusions will be drawn.

Eight comprehensive conclusions



Having firmly established the domain of our definition of information in part 1, and familiarized ourselves with the laws of nature about information derived from experience—known as scientific laws of information (SLI; see figure 1)—we can now zero in on effectively applying them. Hereafter the term “information” will be used when referring to universal information. There are eight very far-reaching conclusions that answer fundamental questions. All scientific thought and practice reaches a limit beyond which science is inherently unable to take us. This situation is no exception. But some of our questions involve matters beyond this limiting boundary and so to successfully transcend it we need a higher source of knowledge. We hold that this higher source of knowledge is the Bible. We will proceed in the following sequential manner:

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[1]Set out the (briefly formulated) conclusion itself.[2]Establish how we were able to reach this conclusion by applying the laws of nature about information, and[3]Check the result against the Bible. [/list]
SLI-1: A material entity cannot generate a non-material entity.
SLI-2: Universal information is a non-material fundamental entity.
SLI-3: Universal information cannot be created by statistical processes.
SLI-4: Universal information can only be produced by an intelligent sender.

4a: Every code is based upon a mutual agreement between sender and receiver.
4b: There is no new universal information without an intelligent sender.
4c: Every information transmission chain can be traced back to an intelligent sender.
4d: Attributing meaning to a set of symbols is an intellectual process requiring intelligence.

Figure 1. The four most important laws of nature about information known as scientific laws of information (SLI)


1. God exists; refutation of atheism



Because it can be established that all forms of life contain a code (DNA, RNA), as well as all of the other levels of information, we are within the domain of our definition of information.
We can therefore conclude that:

• There must be an intelligent sender!
[Applying SLI-4]


Basis for this conclusion



Because there has never been a process in the material world, demonstrable through observation or experiment, in which information has arisen by without prior intelligence, then that also must be valid for all the information present in living things. Furthermore, what we do observe about information—namely that it intrinsically depends upon an original act of intelligence to construct it, as defined by SLI-4d—excludes the possibility of information coming from non-intelligence. Thus SLI-4b requires here, too, an intelligent author who “wrote” the programs. Conclusion 1 is therefore also a refutation of atheism.
The top of figure 2 outlines the realm that is, in principle, inaccessible to natural science; namely: Who is the message sender? To answer that the sender cannot exist because the methods of human science (scientific boundary) cannot perceive him, both misapplies science and is untenable according to the laws of information. The requirement that there must be a personal sender exercising his own free will cannot be relinquished. This Sender, the Creator, has revealed Himself so that we do have information about him. He, Jesus, was in the world and the world was made through Him ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/John 1.10]John 1:10[/url]).

2. There is only one god, who is all knowing and eternal



The information encoded in DNA far exceeds all our current technologies. Hence, no human being could possibly qualify as the sender, who must therefore be sought outside of our visible world.

We can conclude that:

There is only one sender, who must not only be exceptionally intelligent but must possess an infinitely large amount of information and intelligence, i.e. he must be omniscient all knowing), and beyond that must also be eternal.
[Applying SLI-1, SLI-2, SLI-4b]


Basis for this conclusion






[size=10]Figure 2. The origin of life. If one considers living things as unknown systems that can be analysed with the help of natural laws, then one finds all five levels of the definition of information: statistics (here left off for simplicity), syntax, semantics, pragmatics and apobetics. In accordance with the natural laws of information, the origin of any information requires a sender equipped with intelligence and will. The fact that the sender in this case is not observable is not in contradiction to these laws. In a huge library with thousands of volumes, the authors are also not visible; but no one would maintain that there was no author for all this information. If one penetrates beyond the boundaries set by the limits of natural science by consulting the Bible, the Sender reveals Himself as the Almighty Creator.[/size]


According to SLI-4b, at the beginning of every chain of information there is an intelligent sender. When one applies this to biological information, then here, too, there must an intelligent author of the information. In DNA molecules we find the highest density of information known to us.1 Because of SLI-1, no conceivable processes in the material realm qualify as the source of this information. Humans, who can, of course, generate information (e.g. letters, books), are also obviously excluded as the source of this biological information. This leaves only a sender who operated outside of our normal physical world. After a lecture at a university about biological information and the necessary sender, a young lady student said to me: “I can tell where you were heading when you spoke of an intelligent sender—you meant God. I can accept that as far as it goes; without a sender, that is, without God, it wouldn’t work. But who informed God so that He could program the DNA molecules?” Two explanations spring to mind:

Explanation a): Imagine that this god was considerably more intelligent than we are, but nevertheless limited. Let’s assume furthermore that he had so much intelligence (thus information) at his disposal that he was able to program all biological systems. The obvious question then is: who gave him this information and who taught him? This would require a higher information-giver I1, that is, a “super-god”, who knew more than God. If I1 knew more than God, but was also limited, then he would in turn require an information-giver I2—i.e. a “super-super-god”. So this line of reasoning leads to an extension of this series—I3, I… to Iinfinity. One would require an infinite number of gods, such that in this long chain every n 1th deity always knew more than the nth. Only once one reached the Iinfinity super-super-super … . god, could we say such a god would be unlimited and all knowing. However, traversing an infinite is impossible (whether it is a temporal, spatial or, as in this example, an ontological infinity) and so this explanation is unsatisfactory.

Explanation b): It is more simple and satisfying to assume only a single sender—a prime mover, an ultimate creator god. But then one would need to also assume that such a god is infinitely intelligent and in command of an infinite amount of information. So he must be all knowing (omniscient).

To answer that the sender cannot exist because the methods of human science (scientific boundary) cannot perceive him, both misapplies science and is untenable according to the laws of information.



Which of the explanations a) and b) is correct? Both are logically equivalent. Thus we must make a decision that is not derived from the SLI based on the following considerations. In reality, there is no such thing as an actual infinite number of anything. The number of atoms in the universe is unimaginably vast, but nevertheless finite, and thus in principle able to be counted. The total number of people, ants, or grains of wheat that have ever existed is also vast, but finite. Although infinity is a useful mathematical abstraction, the fact is that in reality there can be no such thing as an infinite number of anything that can be reached by counting for long enough. Thus explanation a) fails the test of plausibility, leaving only explanation b). That means there is only one sender. But this one sender must therefore be all knowing. This conclusion is a consequence of consistently applying the laws of nature about information. It has led us to the same conclusion as that which the Bible also teaches: there is only one God; “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God” ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Isaiah 44.6]Isaiah 44:6[/url]).

What does it mean that God (the author of biological information, the Creator), is infinite? It means that for Him there is no question that He cannot answer, and He knows all things. Not merely about present and the past; even the future is not hidden from Him. But if He knows all things—even beyond all restrictions of time—then He Himself must be eternal. So through logical reasoning (without the Bible) we have found out why it says in [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Romans 1.20]Romans 1:20[/url] that from contemplating the works of creation we can conclude the eternal power of God.2 The Bible also attests to God’s eternality (e.g. [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Psalm 90.2]Psalm 90:2[/url]; [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Isaiah 40.28]Isaiah 40:28[/url]; [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Daniel 6.26]Daniel 6:26[/url]).

3. God is immensely powerful



Because the sender:
• ingeniously encoded the information into the DNA molecules,
• must have designed the complex bio-machinery that decodes the information and carries out all the processes of biosynthesis, and
• created all the details of the original construction and reproductive capacities of all living things,

We can conclude that:
• The sender accomplished his purpose and, therefore, he must be powerful.


Basis for this conclusion



In conclusion 2, we determined on the basis of laws of nature that the sender (Creator, God) must be all knowing and eternal. Now we consider the question of the extent of His power. “Power” encompasses all that which would be described under headings such as strength, creativity, capability and might. Power of this sort is absolutely necessary in order to have created all living things.
Because of His infinite knowledge, the sender knows, for example, how DNA molecules can be programmed. But this knowledge is not sufficient to fashion such molecules in the first place.3 Taking the step from mere knowledge to practical application requires the capacity to be able to build all the necessary biomachinery in the first place. Research enables us to observe these “hardware systems”. But we do not see them come about other than through a coordinated process of cellular replication which requires the same biomachinery to transmit and carry out the replication programs. Thus they had to originally be constructed by the sender. He had the task of creating the immense variety of all the basic biological types (created kinds), including the construction specifications for their biological machinery. There are no physio-chemical tendencies in raw matter for complex information-bearing molecules to form spontaneously. Without creative power, life would not have been possible.
The obvious question here is the same as in conclusion 2: who gave Him this power? This would require a higher power-giver, P1, that is, a “super-god”, who has more than God. If we proceed as shown before according to explanation a) and b), we come to the conclusion that the sender must be all powerful.
We can’t even begin to quantify the enormous degree of power required to create life on Earth originally. But the Bible shows us the real extent of the sender’s power by presenting Him as all powerful—omnipotent, almighty: “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty’” ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Revelation 1.8]Revelation 1:8[/url]).4 “For nothing is impossible with God” ([url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Luke 1.37]Luke 1:37[/url]).

4. God is non-material



Because information is a non-material fundamental entity, it cannot originate from a material one.
We can therefore conclude that:

The sender must have a non-material component (spirit) to his nature.
[Applying SLI-1, SLI-2]

Basis for this conclusion



Unaided matter has never been observed to generate information in the natural-law sense, (i.e. with all five levels: statistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, apobetics). Information is a non-material entity and therefore requires for its origin a non-material source. We have already reasoned our way to some characteristics of the sender. Now we have a further one; he must be of a non-material nature, or at least must possess a non-material component to his nature. That is exactly what the Bible teaches in [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/John 4.24]John 4:24[/url]: “God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

5. No human being without a soul: refutation of materialism



Because people have the ability to create information, this cannot originate from our material portion (body).
We can therefore conclude that:

Each person must have a non-material component (spirit, soul).
[Applying SLI-1, SLI-2]

Basis for this conclusion



Evolutionary biology is locked into an exclusively materialistic paradigm. Reductionism (in which explanations are limited exclusively to the realm of the material) has been elevated to a fundamental principle within the evolutionary paradigm. With the aid of the laws of information, materialism may be refuted as follows: We all have the capacity to create new information. We can put our thoughts down in letters, essays and books, or carry on creative conversations and give lectures.5 In the process, we are producing a non-material entity, namely information. (The fact that we need a material substrate to store and transfer information has no bearing on the nature of information itself.) From this we can draw a very important conclusion: namely that besides our material body we must have a non-material component. The philosophy of materialism, which found its strongest expression in Marxism-Leninism and communism, can now be scientifically refuted with the help of the scientific laws about information. The Bible, too, corroborates the above conclusion that a person is not purely material. [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/1 Thessalonians 5.23]1 Thessalonians 5:23[/url] says: “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The body is the material component of a person, while spirit and soul are non-material.

6. Big bang is impossible



Since information is a non-material entity, the assertion that the universe arose solely from matter and energy (scientific materialism) is demonstrably false.6 
[Applying SL1-2]


Basis for this conclusion



It is widely asserted today that the universe owes its origin to a primeval explosion in which only matter and energy was available. Everything that we experience, observe and measure in our world is, according to this view, solely the result of these two physical entities. Energy is clearly a material entity, since it is correlated with matter through Einstein’s mass/energy equivalence relationship E = mc2. Is this “big bang theory” just as refutable as a perpetual motion machine? Answer: YES, with the help of the scientific laws about information. In our world we find an abundance of information such as in the cells of all living things. According to SLI-1, information is a non-material entity and therefore cannot possibly have arisen from unaided matter and energy. Thus the common big bang worldview is false. The Bible, too, teaches that this world has not arisen from a process of over billions of years but through creation by an all-powerful God in six days. So we read in [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Exodus 20.11]Exodus 20:11[/url]: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day.”

7. No evolution



Since
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[*]biological information (the fundamental component of all life) originates only from an intelligent sender, and
[*]all theories of chemical and biological evolution require that information must have originated solely from matter and energy (no sender),
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we conclude that:

All theories or concepts of chemical and biological evolution (macroevolution) are false.
[Applying SLI-1, SLI-2, SLI-4b, SLI-4d]

Basis for this conclusion



Judging by its worldwide following, evolution has become probably the most widespread teaching of our time. In accordance with its basic precepts, we see an ongoing attempt to explain all life on a purely physical/chemical plane (reductionism). The reductionists prefer to think of a seamless transition from the non-living to the living.7 With the help of the laws of information we can reach a comprehensive and fundamental conclusion: the idea of macroevolution—i.e. the journey from chemicals to primordial cell to man—is false. Information is a fundamental and absolutely necessary factor for all living things. But all information—and living systems are not excluded—must necessarily have a non-material source. The evolutionary model, in the light of the laws of information, shows itself to be an “intellectual perpetual motion machine”.

The Creator’s program is so ingeniously conceived that it even permits a wide range of adaptations to new circumstances.



Now the question arises: where do we find the sender of the information stored within the DNA molecules? We don’t observe him, so did this information somehow come about in a molecular biological fashion?
The answer is the same as that in the following cases:

  • Consider the wealth of information preserved in Egypt in hieroglyphics. Not a single stone allows us to see any part of the sender. We only find these “footprints” of his or her existence chiselled into stone. But no one would claim that this information arose without a sender and without a mental concept.
  • In the case of two connected computers exchanging information and setting off certain processes, there is also no trace of a sender. However, all the information concerned also arose at some point from the thought processes of one (or more) programmers.8

The information in DNA molecules is transferred to RNA molecules; this occurs in an analogous fashion to a computer transferring information to another computer. In the cell, an exceptionally complex system of biomachinery is at work which translates the programmed commands in an ingenious fashion. But we see nothing of the sender. However, to ignore him would be a scientifically untenable reductionism.
We shouldn’t be surprised to find that the programs devised by the sender of biological information are much more ingenious than all of our human programs. After all, we are here dealing with (as already explained in conclusion 2) a sender of infinite intelligence. The Creator’s program is so ingeniously conceived that it even permits a wide range of adaptations to new circumstances. In biology, such processes are referred to as “microevolution”. However, they have nothing to do with an actual evolutionary process in the way this word is normally used, but are properly understood as “parameter optimizations” within the same kind.
In brief: The laws of information exclude a macro-evolution of the sort envisaged by the general theory of evolution.
By contrast, microevolutionary processes (= programmed genetic variation), with their frequently wide-ranging adaptive processes within a kind, are explicable with the help of ingenious programs instituted by the Creator.
The Bible emphasises repeatedly in the account of creation that all plants and animals were created after their kind. This is repeated nine times in the first chapter of the Bible, e.g. [url=http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Genesis 1.24%E2%80%9325]Genesis 1:24–25[/url]: “And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”

8. No life from pure matter



Because the distinguishing characteristic of life is a non-material entity (namely information) matter cannot have given rise to it.
From this we conclude that:
There is no process inherent within matter alone that leads from non-living chemicals to life. No purely material processes, whether on the earth or elsewhere in the universe, can give rise to life.
[Applying SLI-1]


Basis for this conclusion



Proponents of evolutionary theory assert that “Life is a purely material phenomenon, which will arise whenever the right conditions are present.” However, the most universal and distinguishing characteristic of life—information—is of a non-material nature. Thus we can apply scientific law SLI-1, which says: “A purely material entity cannot generate a non-material entity.”

Even under the very best chemical conditions, accompanied by optimal physical conditions, there would still be no hope of life developing.

Figure 3 shows an ant with a microchip. Microchips are the storage elements of present-day computers and they represent matter plus information. The ant contains one material part (matter) and two non-material parts (information and life).
We repeatedly hear of the discovery of water somewhere in our planetary system (e.g. on Jupiter’s moon Europa), or that carbon-containing substances have been found somewhere in our galaxy. These announcements are promptly followed by speculations that life could have developed there. This repeatedly reinforces the impression that so long as the necessary chemical elements or molecules are present on some astronomical body, and certain astronomical/physical conditions are fulfilled, one can more or less count on life being there. But as we have shown with the help of two laws, this is impossible. Even under the very best chemical conditions, accompanied by optimal physical conditions, there would still be no hope of life developing.


[size=10]Figure 3. Ant carrying a microchip. Both the ant and the microchip contain information, a non-material entity, that cannot be generated by a material entity and which points to intelligent, creative input. The ant, moreover, contains two non-material parts: information and life. (From: ‘Werkbild Philips’, with the kind permission of ‘Valvo Unternehmensbereich Bauelemente’, of Philips GmbH, Hamburg).
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Since the phenomenon of life ultimately requires something non-material, every kind of living thing required a mind as its ultimate initiator. The four Australian scientists Don Batten, Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati and Carl Wieland thus correctly state: “Without intelligent, creative input, lifeless chemicals cannot form themselves into living things. The idea that they can is the theory of spontaneous generation, disproved by the great creationist founder of microbiology, Louis Pasteur.”9 With this new type of approach, applying the laws of information, Conclusions 7 and 8 have both shown us that we can exclude the spontaneous origin of life in matter.

Conclusion



No one has ever observed water flowing uphill. Why are there no exceptions to this? Because there is a law of nature that universally excludes this process from happening. Many plausible arguments have been raised against the teachings of atheism, materialism, evolution and the big bang worldview. But if it is possible to find scientific laws that contradict these ideas, then, since scientific laws have the highest degree of scientific credibility possible, we will have scientifically falsified them. We will have done so just as effectively as the way in which perpetual motion machines (those which supposedly run forever without any energy from outside) have been shown to be impossible through the application of scientific laws.
This is precisely what we have demonstrated in this paper. We have presented four scientific laws about information.10 From these we can generate comprehensive conclusions about God, the origin of life, and humanity. With the help of laws of information we have been able to refute all of the following:

    [1]The purely materialistic approach in the natural sciences.[2]All current notions of evolution (chemical, biological).[3]Materialism (e.g. man as purely matter plus energy).[4]The big bang as the cause of this universe.[5]Atheism.


1) http://creation.com/laws-of-information-2

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