By Willem B. Drees
The place can we come from? the place are we going? those are basic questions, which the human race has requested itself for centuries.
Presenting a quick and available evaluation of up to date clinical concept, Creation is an imaginitive and poetic exploration of the origins of the universe. WIllem Drees assesses the spiritual and philosophical effect of clinical theories of evolution and the flora and fauna, and examines the altering courting among us and our planet.
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Why-questions can properly be asked when we have to do with life that is a product of history. Organs have a purpose; they serve an important function and developed in the way they did since similar organs fulfilled that function reasonably well in previous generations. Purposiveness in individual organisms arose through non-purposive evolution, by history in which information was passed on from generation to generation. This history is the basis for our abilities but also for our limitations. We never make a clean start.
These are included in stars of the second generation, which also form from interstellar clouds. These second generation stars at the end of their career further enrich the interstellar plasma. Our Sun is a star of a later generation. In 1814 the German optician Joseph Fraunhofer made a spectrum of the light of the Sun. ) Fraunhofer discovered dark bands in the spectrum of the Sun. Every set of lines relates to a particular element. In this way, scientists in the nineteenth century discovered that the Sun contains iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, nickel and chrome.
Only four of those twenty-ﬁve still have descendants. If some others had survived, life would be quite different now. Gould points to many other transitions when it could have been different. Among the vertebrates there was a small and insigniﬁcant group of lungﬁsh with bones in their ﬁns allowing them to move on 38 Creation: From Nothing Until Now the land; if they had not been there, the vertebrates might have never been able to invade the land. If at the end of the Cretaceous period, some 65 million years ago, the impact of a meteorite or comet had not led to the extinction of the dinosaurs (except for the ancestors of birds) they might still dominate the Earth; a more extensive form of consciousness might not have developed.