Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1

The dilemma

 

Chapter 2

The training

 

Science

     Culture and Science

     Science and related professional areas

 

Physics

      Laws of nature

     Newton and classical physics

     Einstein and the theory of relativity

     Quantum physics or the world in the atomic scale

 

Cosmology and the origin of the world

     Hawking and the Big Bang

     Hoyle and the steady-state theory

     The origin of the Earth

 

Geology

     Cuvier and theory of catastrophes

     Lyell and Actualism

     Wegener and Plate Tectonics

     Alvarez, the iridium anomaly and the death of the dinosaurs

 

The Origin of Life

 

     The primordial soup and the basic building blocks of life

     Comets and black smokers

     Proteins and cells

     Huxley and a living organism considered as a machine

     No machine?

 

The evolution

 

     Lamarckism

     Darwinism

     Neo-Darwinism

 

The permissible range of solutions

 

Out of range

 

     Religion and Science

     Orthogenesis

     Velikovsky on a collision course

     Von Däniken and the aliens

     Sitchin and the Annunaki

     Hoyle and the evolution from space

     Sheldrake and the morphogenetic field

     Dembsky, Behe and Intelligent Design

     Henderson and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

 

Chapter 3 

Workshop

 

     The preparation

     The experiment

 

     The second experiment or the art to discuss properly

 

          Brainstorming

          Evaluation of the brainstorming

          Ways to find the truth

          Propositional logic

          Predicate logic

 

Science put to the test

 

     Formal sciences today

      Physics in the acceptance test

     Cosmology between theory and hypothesis

     Geology examined

     The origin of life under examination

     Evolution in cross-examination

 

Lesson learned

 

Probabilities as a tool for evaluation?

 

What the blind watchmaker did not see

 

The second extension of the range of permissible solutions

 

     Matter, spirit and mind

     Spirit, mind and evolution

     Freedom of Thought 

 

Farewell