Awakened By Science

Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God

IMPORTANT – Status of This Series

This website is fairly new and under development.  The Science Trail presented here was recorded about 4 years ago when I first started this project.  At this point I consider this Science Trail a good rough draft.  I plan to reorganize and update it by the end of summer 2014. If both this Science Trail and the Bible Trail attract your interest, I suggest starting with the Bible Trail as it is more current, better organized and more up to date.  If the Science Trail is your primary interest, then dive in here as there is a lot of valuable information in a good presentation.  Until I revise this series, I won’t add Dig Deeper pages as found on the Bible Trail.  Enjoy!

About This Series

Is there a God?  What does science tell us about the likelihood of a God, and what that God may be like?  This series takes a deep and thorough look at several disciplines of scientific discovery and theory and how it sheds light on the God question.  You do not need a science background to follow these talks.  They cover challenging area of science at a depth that those with a PhD in the subject would find enlightening, yet presented in an understanding way.  The talks are designed to be listened to in order but it is not necessary to do so.

For some talks there are two versions, one for a general audience and the other for those with a science background.  They cover the same material but to a different level of technical information. 



Introduction

This brief talk outlines the purpose of the series, how it is structured and how to best approach it.  It then discusses why I now see this as a rough draft and how I plan to change it in the future.  Finally the introduction gives a brief overview of the topics and how they fit together. 
Duration: 21 minutes. File size: 10 MB.





Philosophy and Logic

Before hiking on a physical trail you might want to pack a small daypack with things for the journey.  In a similar way this talk packs an intellectual daypack with tools to help you along the upcoming adventure of the mind. The ideas presented here are stimulating and valuable but if you are in a hurry to get to the scientific aspects you can postpone this talk.
Duration: 34 minutes. File size: 15 MB.





History of Science up to 20th Century

This short informational talk outlines how scientific thought has progressed to the start of the 20th century.  We can tend to assume that things we understand now must have been obvious in the past.  This talks shows that they were not and how the best minds thought differently than we do today.  Understanding this allows one to grasp how mind-boggling discoveries in the 20th century were for their time.  It also illuminates the significance of a Biblical description of nature differing from the understanding at the time, yet aligning well with discoveries made over two thousand years later.
Duration: 22 minutes. File size: 10 MB.





Thermodynamics

This talk covers the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics.  It is a fascinating area of physics with profound philosophical implications.  It is placed here in the series because the development of thermodynamics in the late 1800s had implications on how the universe was viewed prior to Big Bang cosmology in the early 1900s.  This talk is the most intellectually challenging in the series.  If you start this talk and find it too perplexing, set it aside for now and go on to the next topic.  
Duration: 45 minutes. File size: 21 MB.





Origin of the Universe

Until the early 20th century, it was thought that the universe always existed and had no beginning.  This talk outlines how surprising discoveries of that time showed the universe actually had a beginning and lead to the formation of Big Bang cosmology.  Not only does the universe have a beginning but the more astrophysicists learn about the cosmos, the more it appears to have been precisely designed to serve as a home for humanity. 
Duration: gen-53 tech-58 minutes. File size: gen-12 tech-13 MB.





The Multiverse – Possibility of Other Universes

Could there be other universes besides ours?  This is a concept known as the Multiverse; for multiple universes.  Although we could not detect another universe, there is some evidence suggesting others exist.  This idea is very speculative and currently a hot topic in astrophysics.  This possibility has huge philosophical implications and gets much attention when debating the existence of God.  The lecture presented here is well organized and thought-out.  It is best if you listen to the “Origin of the Universe” talk first as the Multiverse discussion builds on that knowledge. Otherwise this talk could be listened to any time, even after you finish the whole series.
Duration: 60 minutes. File size: 12 MB.





Items in the Cosmos: Galaxies, Stars, Sun and Earth

This talk covers the physical aspects of the universe: galaxies, stars, planets, our Earth, Sun and solar system.  We live in a large universe with roughly 100 billion galaxies, each with 100 billion stars.  Is there anything unique about the Earth or is it just one of a ridiculously large number of habitable planets?  It turns out that there are rare aspects about the Earth, Sun, our solar system and the Milky Way Galaxy that suggest the Earth may be the only place in our universe suitable for advanced life.  This eye-opening talk will make you appreciate our place in the cosmos and ask the question, was the Earth the result of a lucky coincidence or intentionally designed as a home for humanity.
Duration: gen-52 tech-61 minutes. File size: gen-12 tech-14 MB.





Origin of Life

Life first appeared on the Earth in the form of single celled bacteria around 3.8 billion years ago.  Where did this first life form come from?  This is referred to as the origin of life issue.  This talk describes what the first life form could have looked like and then looks at explanations for its appearance.  Was it the spontaneous product of a primordial soup or designed by an intelligent agent?
Duration: gen-68 tech-72 minutes. File size: gen-16 tech-17 MB.





Dinosaurs

A large part of this talk is mainly informational on the interesting topic of dinosaurs.  It is important to note that there were three eras of dinosaurs: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.  The talk shows how the existence of three distinct eras sheds light on the existence of God question. 
Duration: 42 minutes. File size: 10 MB.





Evolution and Creationism

This is a massive topic so I broke it into four parts.  What makes it even more challenging is I’ve found I first need to teach evolutionary theory before I can critique it.  There is some great information here but this part of the series is probably the one I most want to restructure.  I would like to bring it up to date with new information and reorganize it in a more effective way.  The four sections on this topic are listed below.

Talk 1: Deep dive into evolutionary theory and creation models.
Talk 2: The fossil record and vestigial structures.
Talk 3: Complex structures (macro evolution) and what we’ve learned from molecular biology. 
Talk 4: Convergence (the same structure in unrelated species) and the potential of evolutionary mechanisms. 
Duration: 60, 55, 34, 64 minutes. File size: 14, 13, 8, 15 MB.





Appearance of Man

Where did mankind come from?  This talk pulls in several different scientific disciplines to address this question.  Theories have changed in the last 20 years with the introduction of DNA analysis, also known as molecular anthropology.  This talk also looks at the hominids, such as Neanderthals, and whether they are related to modern humans. 
Duration: 45 minutes. File size: 10 MB.





The Future and Are We Alone

This talk closes the series by combing two related topics. First, how much longer can the Earth and our universe support advanced life?  Does our Earth and universe effectively have a lifespan?  Second, could there be advanced life somewhere else in the universe.  The first Star Wars movie opened with the quote, “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” This talk looks at the extraterrestrial life questions both temporally and spatially.  Temporally meaning could there have been life somewhere else in the distance past, “a long time ago”, or could life arise far into the future.  And spatially meaning could life exist now at some distant star, “in a galaxy far, far away”?  The answers to these questions have profound implications. 
Duration: 48 minutes. File size: 11 MB.