My movie The Invisible Pink Unicorn is mainly aimed at proponents of directed panspermia specifically, but also towards any in the scientific community who believe in extra terrestrials, and especially those who believe that these aliens are responsible for life on earth.
The Invisible Pink Unicorn (IPU) is not my own idea, but is an idea conjured up by atheists online, who have been using it, along with the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Garage Dragon that Breathes Heatless Fire, to mock the theistic belief in an all-powerful God who made everything, but is invisible and can’t be seen or tested by man. As stated by the alt.athiestm FAQ, “The point of this silliness is to prod the theist into remembering that their preaching is likely to be viewed by atheists as having all the credibility and seriousness of [the atheists’] preaching about the IPU.”
My point is that atheists and atheistic scientists do exactly that when they espouse belief in theories like directed panspermia, and therefore are hypocrites to mock one man’s faith as “silliness” while clinging to their very own “silliness”.
I’m specifically focusing on Richard Dawkins, the golden child of scientists and atheists alike, who wrote the book The God Delusion in which he referred to the IPU when talking about things conceivable but which cannot be disproved. I don’t know Professor Dawkins personally and from what I have seen, he is a very agreeable chap. My issue is solely with his argument and using it as a basis to hold in derision those with religious inclinations, for I think his argument has a number of fatal flaws.
On one hand, Professor Dawkins has said that he does not believe in panspermia, and you can see the recording here:
(The video has since been deleted but used to live here: http://www.youtube.com/v/kNu8F01BD9k)
In the same recording, he has this to say about God:
“[God] cannot just have happened, cannot just suddenly spring into existence de novo, it must have evolved by the same, slow, gradual process as we have seen in life on this earth… If life was created on this earth by deliberate design, then the designer must have evolved somewhere else in the universe as the end product or as the late product of some kind of evolutionary process.”
My question to Professor Dawkins is how God “cannot just have happened” but the Big Bang could. Don’t get me wrong—I think the Big Bang really did happen. I think God caused it to happen. But according to scientists, the Big Bang happened all on its own, and all of a sudden, yet scientists world-wide believe that the Big Bang explains how our universe came to be. Professor Dawkins himself had this to say about the Big Bang in the same link above:
“[The Big Bang] is not a creation by an intelligence, it is something that we don’t understand… its a coming into existence which physicists are now working on.”
Professor Dawkins affirms that the Big Bang was not done by an intelligence, but that it just happened, by means that he does not yet have an explanation for. The Big Bang was a “coming into existence” from… what? How can “it cannot just have happened” be a reasonable argument against the existence of God, when the Big Bang “just happened”?
Professor Dawkins is also offering up an “if, then” argument. He says that if life was created by an intelligence, then that life must have evolved. I want to know why. Why must it have evolved. It seems to me that if the intelligence that created us did evolve, then we find ourselves stuck in an infinite loop with no real beginning, with one evolved creature being created by another evolved creature which was created by another evolved creature, off into infinity. There is no real beginning. This is not reasonable.
Professor Dawkins affirms in another discussion that he believes extra terrestrials do, in fact, exist, and you can listen to him in this recording:
(The video has since been deleted but used to live here: http://www.youtube.com/v/t0F2K7WVpBE). In it, he had this to say:
“I suspect that on other planets there probably are beings, as I said before, which are so far advanced relative to us that they might as well be gods except for this one, absolutely crucial respect, that they came into the universe by slow, gradual degrees. They didn’t just happen. Nothing as complicated as that just happens.”
And yet the Big Bang just happened. How can he allow for the Big Bang to “just happen” and not God? I would argue that God never “just happened”, that God has “always happened”–he is infinite, had no beginning, and will have no end. Time is a human concept because we are stuck in it and it is all we know. But an omnipotent God who made everything including time is not bound by the restrictions of time, and therefore necessitates no beginning. This is the problem scientists will always have. They will always have to have a beginning, but they will never be able to offer one. They are bound by the laws of physics and by what they know, and since they know time, they insist that an infinite being must reside within it. Since their own gods—extra terrestrials and everything science can measure—also exist within time, they will never find their elusive Beginning, for all their gods had one. Only a God who had no beginning can be our real Beginning.
Lastly, and what brings Professor Dawkins directly back to my movie, is his interview with Ben Stein in his movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. I am a Christian and I believe in God—there is my bias. That said, I was not impressed with Ben Stein’s movie. I thought it was manipulative and that it didn’t address the meat of the issue. The reason Expelled is worth seeing, however, is because of the interview Mr. Stein had with Professor Dawkins at the end of the film. In the interview, Dawkins admits that he does not know how life began, and it is this frankness that gives me a bit of respect for Professor Dawkins. He offers one possible explanation for how life got on this planet: aliens. “Let’s call it the ET explanation,” he says. Whether Professor Dawkins truly believes in directed panspermia—that extra terrestrials purposely seeded life onto our planet—I do not know. He seems to contradict himself. He certainly, however, thinks it is a plausible enough idea to present as an explanation for life in an interview, and there are other high profile scientists that have clung to directed panspermia, including Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of the DNA double helix (video embedded below).
Despite numerous claims from people all over the earth, we have no scientific proof that anyone has ever seen an alien, an alien spacecraft, or anything else that was part of or belonged to a living creature outside of our planet. We have received no communications from any extraterrestrials since the dawn of man, despite the incessant searches for extra terrestrial communication by organizations like the SETI, which exist to do just that. And despite this complete lack of any evidence whatsoever, we have high profile scientists who believe that aliens placed life on this earth, and yet describe the idea of an omnipotent God as “silliness”. This is their Invisible Pink Unicorn.
I love my God. I believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only God, part of the divine trinity that made everything on this earth and in this universe. How did he make it? I don’t know. I’ll leave that to scientists. But I have faith that he did, and I don’t need proof—that is what faith is. Science, however, rejects faith. Science demands proof. Science is not a religion, science is not subjective, science takes theories and debunks them until they come up with fact. Believing in extraterrestrials is not science. Believing in extraterrestrials who have never contacted us and whose existence we cannot prove is faith. Scientists who ridicule believers and yet believe in extra terrestrials are hypocrites who are practicing their own faith. That is all I am trying to demonstrate with my movie.
P.S. – Here is what one scientist thought about aliens. He insists that life could not have happened by accident, so it must be aliens.
P.P.S. – This blog post was originally posted to my forum, which, due to spamming, I deleted. You can find archives pf it here.