The Two Questions Atheists Can’t Answer

It is a real stretch and completely illogical to think that the subjective state we refer to as “consciousness” could have arisen from unconscious matter – regardless of how many billions of years might have been available for its development. An atheistic perspective demands this humongous time frame. Unfortunately survival of the fittest says little or nothing about the physical mechanism that would be theoretically responsible for the emergence of consciousness — scientists are still looking for this mechanism, referring to their dilemma as the “hard question” of science. Attempts are made to resolve this impasse — for example, the loops and “attentive” mechanisms of Crick’s “search light” hypothesis.

Atheists envision consciousness as an “emergent property” – failing to realize that consciousness does not emerge but must preexist matter, a conclusion solidified by a more comprehensive analysis of the human brain, most notably its cortico-limbic design clearly indicating that consciousness is a relationship to the weightless infinitude of one’s own potential nonexistence. It gets complicated which is why I have written several books summarizing my findings. (The easiest read is: Consciousness Finally Explained: A Perfect Synthesis of God and Brain). The gist is that the logic underlying the limbic regulation of weight and temperature (ponderostatic and thermoregulatory functions respectively) can only be explained if we “live and move and have our being in God.” In a nutshell, in order to avoid infinite regress, God, not matter, must be fundamental if we are to make sense out of the expectancy-based thermodynamic design of the brain — and my related discovery that an image is the interface between order and disorder. Consciousness, it turns out, is intrinsically tied to the process of binding multiple qualia streaming in from the body as a whole into a single, immersive image, the perception of which represents, is, the successful achieving of energy conservation and the momentary enhancement of one’s survival probability. E = mc2 describes the gist of the process, an equation that turns out to be meaningless apart from an image.

Now for the two questions which atheists cannot answer. First, natural selection cannot explain the very private and personal quality of an individual’s bubble of awareness — unless the Universe is fundamentally personal to begin with. Secondly, a fundamentally material universe cannot explain how or why a given “I” exists here and now, as opposed to there and then. Such specificity in space and time requires, actually defines an image — a thesis robustly proven by the brain’s image-based, cortico-limbic regulation of weight and temperature.

Secular scientists abhor the very thought of creationism and yet the possibility that God may have spoken the Universe into existence using the “words” of DNA fits best with my discovery that an image preexists the creation of organized matter — given that it is the momentary absence of an anticipated state which regressively releases and channels energy into the anticipated form, the incipient absence of which relates us to infinity in the first place! God must, given this perspective, be literally encoded within the design of the brain.

Not to mention reams of cosmological evidence as anyone willing to examine both sides of the argument for themselves will readily discover. (The problem is not with the evidence, but with unbelievers who insist upon interpreting the evidence from a naturalistic worldview. And, just for the record, dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible![1]

It is no wonder that, as we approach the end of the age, atheists as agents of the “god of this age” are becoming increasingly militant in their attacks against Bible-believers – claiming, for example, that our teaching is stifling science, that we are abusing children, and that we are the ones causing our nation to decline. In all likelihood, the opposite is true.


1. For example, Job 40:15; 41:1; Psalm 74:14; Isaiah 27:1.

About Glenn Dudley

GLENN DUDLEY became interested in the mind-body problem as a Pre-Med student at the University of Colorado where he emphasized studies in physics, philosophy, and Judeo-Christian theology. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1969. After a mixed Psychiatry/Medicine internship, he worked for two years at MIT's Neurosciences Research Program -- a think tank whose objective was that of understanding how the hard-wiring of the nervous system mediates thought and emotion. Then, he spent a year in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School in Boston reviewing the world's literature on psychological and emotional predispositions to cancer. From 1975 to his retirement in 1998 he practiced primary care medicine.
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