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A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization

Dean L. Overman

Rowman & Littlefield, paperback edition, 2001

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In this illuminating book, Dean L. Overman uses logical principles and mathematical calculations to answer the questions that have long perplexed biologists and astrophysicists: Is it mathematically possible that accidental processes caused the formation of the first form of living matter from non-living matter? Could accidental processes have caused the formation of a universe compatible with life? Are current self-organization scenarios for the formation of the first living matter plausible? Overman reviews the influence of metaphysical assumptions in logical analysis, and discusses the principles of logic applicable to these questions, examining the limitations of verbal and mathematical logic. He proceeds to demonstrate that it is mathematically impossible that accidental processes produced the first living matter. The author also examines other issues related to the creation of the universe, including Stephen Hawking's no boundary proposal, the need for a Creator as the preserving cause of the universe, and the explanations offered by the weak and strong anthropic principles. Acclaimed by theologians and scientists alike as well-argued, coherent, and persuasive, "A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization" is a fascinating study of the origins of life and our universe.

Dean L. Overman is the senior partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn, a large international law firm. He is the coauthor of several law books, the author of many law review articles on banking commercial, corporate, tax, and securities laws, the author of a book on effective writing, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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