What is Nature?
(Neo)-Darwinists always talk about the ‘laws of nature.’ No question is too difficult to answer, because the answer is always the same…
Q: How did oxygen precipitate from a barren, heat-scorched earth and bind with nitrogen and hydrogen to somehow magically combine to make the first, and second, and two-hundred-fiftieth amino acid?
A: “Natural processes.”
Q: How did hardened, arrayed, differentiated, multilayered calcium outcroppings (teeth) emerge in soft tissue?
A: “Natural selection.”
Q: How did the human brain evolve, millennia ahead of the need for all that we do – but entirely prepared for it: Newton’s Calculus, computer programming, electric engineering, and Fashion Week?
A: “Natural laws and processes.”
Natural laws. The laws of nature. There it is, and there you have it. Now, where can I find these laws? Are they written down somewhere? In City Hall, perhaps? No?
Well then, tell me: What are ‘laws of nature?’ Who enforces them? No one?
What good is a law if it is not energetically enforced and maintained? (No good at all). So, who does the enforcing? Right, I know: “Nature.”
Ah. Back to square one.
Okay. Well, tell me, at least, what are the ‘laws?’ Is gravity a law of nature? Gravity has not been a constant. The dinosaur bones which paleontologists dig are far too large to exist in a lithe and limber darting, pouncing, sprinting, pounding and…flying animal!
Apparently, gravity is not a law, but a changeable habit…
Where do the laws of nature apply? Only on earth? Or everywhere in the universe? Is the speed of light a ‘law of nature?’ Astrophysicists have suggested that the speed of light has been altered substantially over time.
Are the ‘laws’ really only habits?
And so, back to square one: What is nature? Are there any limits to what “nature” will allow the Darwinian rationale in terms of describing the universe? If there are no limits to how Darwinians will use this deus-ex-machina, then isn’t “nature” another word for “infinitely powerful, prescient, all-knowing, guiding force?”
You Neo-Darwinians can let me know. I’ll be interested to learn the difference between an all-pervasive, organizing, creative, teleological force, and that more ‘correct’ concept of ‘nature’ that you use so often, and so easily.