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Dr. Michio Kaku is a respected and renowned theoretical physicist and agnostic who recently completed his latest book entitled The Future of the Mind. Despite his agnostic status, I have to thank him for teeing up the ball for God to confirm the predictions of the book of Genesis in this short video on the existence of human consciousness:
Michio Kaku: Consciousness Can be Quantified
Quotes and Responses:
“In the entire universe the two greatest scientific mysteries are first of all the origin of the universe itself. And second of all the origin of intelligence.”
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…[and]…God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1 ESV)
Not to be overly simplistic, but, mysteries 1 and 2 plausibly solved by the testimony of historical document.
“Believe it or not, sitting on our shoulders is the most complex object that Mother Nature has created in the known universe.”
Mother Nature? (See previous response)
“our brain only consumes about 20-30 watts of power and yet it performs calculations better than any large supercomputer.”
The Tianhe-2 is the backbone of the Chinese Defense Network and was the fastest supercomputer in the world in 2013, scoring a massive 33.86 petaflops supercomputer! Wow, seriously!
And the human brain runs at 1,000 petaflops…Yep, that’s right, 30 times faster than the fastest supercomputer in the world.
You get the performance of this …
For the price of the energy needed for this…
People who believe that God made the world often throw around the Watchmaker analogy. The idea that if you found a watch in the woods, but had never seen a watch before, you would still assume that a watchmaker made it. It would be silly to think that a series of natural and unintelligent events built such a fine-tuned machine. However, the situation is even more insane than a watch.
Here’s the truth:
You are walking across Antarctica in a down snowsuit (don’t ask why, just focus), and you stumble upon 30 Tianhe-2 Chinese Supercomputers networked together adn running…and they are being powered by a 9 volt battery! That’s the same battery that runs my alarm clock.
If I were to ever stumble across such a sight, my first thought would NOT be, “Out of the primordial ooze rose the first…” …nope!
But, maybe…perhaps, “There is a ridiculous, unstoppable, infinitely intelligent computer engineer somewhere, and I want to shake His hand because he just annihilated every modern technology company and solved the energy crisis in one shot!…And He did it in the middle of Antarctica.”
That’s right, Antarctica! No, that’s not the point, focus!
“When you look at the brain and all the parts of the brain they don’t seem to make any sense at all. The visual part of the brain is way in the back, for example. Why is the brain constructed the way it is? Is this nothing but an accident of evolution?”
Actually, the visual processing of the brian makes overwhelming sense and points to a clear design. Yes ,the portion of the brain that processes imagery for our consideration is in the back of the skull’s space, but the pictures we see have to make a stop in the middle of the brain before we get to think about what we saw. That part in the middle is called the superior colliculus. The superior colliculus is nicknamed the visual reflex center, or as I like to call him “Flinchy”.
See, when a rock flies at my head, I do NOT think. Rock…wow, that things movin’!…Wait, rocks hurt my head when they are moving fast…Do I duck or block? Ahh, duck or block? Duck or block? Duck or block?…High school did not prepare me for this kind of … *sirens approaching in background*
Rather, when a ball flies at my head, I flinch. Period. And so do you because Flinchy screens the visual pictures sent from our eyes and notes any immediate dangers before sending the picture on to the rear brain to be processed for higher thinking. In fact, Flinchy doesn’t even ask your opinion. He send a “freak out” command directly to the spinal cord who alerts the nervous system to DEFCON 5, releasing adrenalin into the blood stream, and send a “evasive maneuvers” message to a ton of muscle groups. Thus, you spaz out and look like and idiot, but you also generally survive to facebook the video.
Rather than not making sense, the visual processing procedure of the brain is the most sophisticated system imaginable. How many machines can turn on evasive auto-pilot and high performance fuel additives in a split second to respond to an emergency?
It would be…uh…”hard”…to call the visual processing of the brain an “accident of evolution”. It is an engineering marvel, and we ought to be marveling most at intellect and power of the Engineer.
“Well one way to look at it is through evolution.”
Given the whole brain and eye thing, I don’t recommended it.
“the back of the brain is a so-called reptilian brain. The most ancient primitive part of the brain that governs balance, territoriality, mating. And so the very back of the brain is also the kind of brain that you find in reptiles.”
Similar structure usual implies a designer of a particular style. The fact that DNA, physical structures, and yes, brain organization is similar among many animals is evidence that God has style – or at least a style. Cars all have engines, but that doesn’t mean that RC cars became mopeds became Priuses, became Ford trucks, became Mack semis became CAT bulldozers. It just means motors were a good idea. Brain were a good design, so God stuck with it.
There might be a Pixar movie in there somewhere.
“And when you ask yourself a question where am I anyway. The answer is right behind your forehead. That’s where you really are.”
Unless you’re a born again believer in the Lord Jesus, then you are sitting in the heavenly places with Jesus. (Ephesian 2:6)
Ok, this comment was way off topic and Dr. Kaku is hyperbolically correct, but I couldn’t keep that thought in. Christ makes criminals and rebel into family and heirs. We have to talk about that whenever we can.
“Well, I’m a physicist and when we physicists look at a mysterious object the first thing we try to do is to create a model. A model of this object in space. And then we hit the play button and run it forward in time.
1. God created the heavens and the earth…”Play”…Prediction: things ought to be very finely tuned and well made…Yep!
2. God made man in His image…”Play”…Prediction: man should be very unique and bear the marking of a higher being…Yep!
3. God flooded the world…”Play”…Prediction: sea shells on mountaintops, huge debris of death (coal and oil deposits), huge canyons, lots of water leftover…Quadruple yep!
4. Jesus died for sinners to have the chance to be reborn…”Play”…Prediction: lives should be changed from the inside out when someone turns their life over to Jesus Christ…Yep!
“[Consciousness Level #0] think of the consciousness of a thermostat… [Consciousness Level #1] And then we have a flower… [Consciousness Level #2] And then finally we go to the reptilian brain…Then we have level 2 consciousness, the monkey consciousness. [Consciousness Level #3] As humans we are at level 3 [Consciousness Level #4].
Here an interesting comparison:
Consciousness level 1: Physical objects
Consciousness level 2: Plants
Consciousness level 3: Animals
Consciousness level 4: People
This sounds familiar…Oh!
Creation Day 1: heavens and earth (matter/physical objects)
Creation Day 3: Plants
Creation Day 5-6: Animals
Creation Day 6: People
Levels of consciousness and days of creation seem a bit similar, and by a bit I mean identical. So that’s neat, and another prediction of the Genesis creation story that matches present reality.
Dr. Kaku is a great presenter and a dazzling intellect, but he has truly missed the forest for the trees. He has seen the wonders of creation and half-heartedly referred to accidents of evolution and Mother Nature, but he has sadly missed the glaring arrow pointing to the Creator spoken of in the Bible.
[Prayer} God, send your Holy Spirit to save Michio Kaku by faith in the death and resurrection of your Son, for Your glory.
I too wonder at the glories that the scientific method has revealed to us, but my wonder leads me to worship a great God who gave His perfect Son. There are many great thoughts, feelings, and sights to thrill us in this universe, but none compare. It can never be said enough that…
*Nothing is better than Jesus.