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Intelligent Universe: A New View of Creation and Evolution Hardcover – 31 Oct 1983

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st Edition.1st Printing edition (31 Oct. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718122984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718122980
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 17.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This major work by one of the great figures of 20th century science represents a fundamental challenge to established thinking on the origins and nature of the Universe. Fred Hoyle has entered the "creation and evolution" debate with a work of extraordinary and possibly far-reaching, importance. In a remarkable sweep across the sciences, he assembles the current theories examines them according to the evidence and gives judgement. In the course of this sweep, a number of cows sacred to the scientific establishment are comprehensively lassoed: Did life start by random processes?No ..... Could chance operate of such a large scale? No ..... Is Darwin's theory of evolution still plausible? No .... Did life originate on Earth? No .....

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In "The Intelligent Universe", Sir Fred Hoyle takes his idea of Panspermia theory to a higher level and asks what is perhaps the most fundamental question of all to humanity - who or what is God? While most of mainstream science wants nothing to do with these sort of philosophical questions, Hoyle does not duck the issue, but instead clearly demonstrates that sooner or later scientists will have to face up to the notion of some form of higher intelligence controlling the Universe.
In the first chapter, Hoyle shows that, mathematically speaking, it is impossible for life to have been formed on Earth by mere random chance. He further points out that "....even the most complex viruses.....are nevertheless unable to reproduce themselves in any form of non-living organic soup". Chapter 2 is mainly devoted to showing how Darwinian evolution is wrong namely in that the fossil record shows evolution by major leaps rather than by slow degrees involving minor changes producing intermediate forms. Hoyle goes on to demonstrate in chapter 3 that there is abundant evidence that life in viral and bacterial form exist outside the Earth in comets, meteorites and asteroids. In the following chapter the author considers the evidence which suggests that interstellar dust is in fact bacterial, and in chapter 5 he takes this one step further by arguing that it is fresh input of cosmic genetic material from cometary sources which produces the main source and channel for evolution. As in his previous publications, Hoyle here repeats his claim that many supposedly infectious diseases originate in outer space and links these diseases with the process of evolution - diseases thus being resultant from a genetic mismatch of the DNA of the incoming pathogen with that of the host organism onto which it falls.
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Sir Fred Hoyle was a celebrated cosmologist and theoretical physicist who deduced that carbon is only formed in stars as a result of an amazing `fluke'. Even so, the carbon would be consumed by the formation of oxygen if conditions were not finely tuned to keep carbon and oxygen production in balance.
Hoyle, a staunch atheist, was so shaken by this that he came to believe that there is an intelligence operating in the universe. Hence this book (which is for the interested lay reader - no mathematics!). Not all will agree with his conclusions, but this book by one of the top scientists of the twentieth century should be examined. It makes absorbing reading.
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Fred Hoyle was condemned for believing there is more to the Universe than the plodders thought. They may catch up in time.
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