Item description for In the Beginning Was Information: A Scientist Explains the Incredible Design in Nature by Werner Gitt...
Overview In this classic book, Dr. Gitt maintains that God is not bound by the laws ofnature, but instead uses them for His own purposes.
Publishers Description Powerful evidence for the existence of a personal God
Information is the cornerstone of life, yet it is something people don't often think about. In his fascinating new book, In the Beginning Was Information, Dr. Werner Gitt helps the reader see how the very presence of information reveals a Designer:
Do we take for granted the presence of information that organizes every part of the human body, from hair color to the way internal organs work?
What is the origin of all our complicated data?
How is it that information in our ordered universe is organized and processed?
Gitt explains the necessity of information - and more importantly, the need for an Organizer and Originator of that information. The huge amount of information present in just a small amount of DNA alone refutes the possibility of a non-intelligent beginning for life. It all points to a Being who not only organizes biological data, but also cares for the creation.
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 28, 2006
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0890514615 ISBN13 9780890514610
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More About Werner Gitt
Gitt was born in East Prussia. He has worked as an assistant at the Institute of Control Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen. He is now Director and Professor at the German Federal Institute of Physics.
Werner Gitt currently resides in Braunschweig. Werner Gitt was born in 1937.
Reviews - What do customers think about In the Beginning Was Information: A Scientist Explains the Incredible Design in Nature?
The edifice of science based on methodological naturalism shaken to the core Dec 12, 2006
The German professor Werner Gitt, in his landmark book In The Beginning Was Information provides a rigorously formal presentation and his book is well worth reading. Gitt's argument is summarized in the following 8 theorems: (1) No information can exist without a code. (2) No code can exist without a free and deliberate convention. (3) No information can exist without the five hierarchical levels: statistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and apobetics [note: apobetics is Gitt's term, referring to the fact that there can be shown to be a will and a larger objective behind all instances of intent]. (4) No information can exist in purely statistical processes. (5) No information can exist without a transmitter. (6) No information chain can exist without a mental origin. (7) No information can exist without an initial mental source; that is, information is, by its nature, a mental and not a material quantity. (8) No information can exist without a will. These theorems are similar to the laws of gravity and the laws of thermodynamics, in that no counterexample has ever been found. Gitt has presented this proof to university audiences of many thousands of people across Europe, and no one has ever been able to point out an exception. Numerous rebuttals to Gitt's theorems have been made, but in each instance, every one ignores or dismisses semantics and intent, properties that are essential to all forms of communication. Unless / until a contradictory example can be found, these theorems are taken to be universally true.
For any reviewer to question Dr. Prof. Gitt's knowledge of the topic, only shows ignorance on his/her part
Werner Gitt needs to be open-minded! Sep 13, 2006
Werner Gitt takes the young earth side and it may seem he is very convincing but he really isn't. He is just too closed-minded when it comes to understanding the evolutionist side on genetics. Most young earth creationists are. But what Werner Gitt needs to do is respond to the book, The Delphic Boat: What Genomes Tell Us by Antoine Danchin, Alison Quayle. And this is the book I would recommend to the Werner Gitt fans. This isn't a waste too young creationists but if you are witnessing to someone that is an evolutionist, this would not be a good book. I honestly don't think creationists are keeping an open mind on evolution and genetics. I'm a creationist but a old earth creationist. I used to be a hardcore believer in the young earth. Because Werner Gitt is a young earth believer, I would suggest to you not to buy this book.
In the Beginning Was Obfuscation: A Creationist Explains Nothing About Nature Sep 12, 2006
The "creationist comedy" genre is experiencing a neo-medieval revival, and this book is a solid addition to the wide but shallow repertoire of error, distortion, and pseudoscience that typifies the category.
Anyone familiar with information theory must question whether Gitt has even cursory knowledge of the topic. He consistently arrives at conclusions before comprehending what he's talking about. Logic and sequence aside, regurgitating hairballs of erroneous prose (ala Dembski - perhaps they collaborated), does not constitute scholarship, cogent reasoning, or proof.
Gitt twits around Shannon information theory just long enough to showcase his befuddlement, and then proceeds to make hefty deposits to the bank of cluelessness with comments like:
"The highest information density known to us is that of the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) molecules of living cells. This chemical storage medium is 2 nm in diameter and has a 3.4 NM helix pitch (see Figure 1). This results in a volume of 10.68 x 10-21 cm3 per spiral. Each spiral contains ten chemical letters (nucleotides), resulting in a volumetric information density of 0.94 x 1021 letters/cm3. In the genetic alphabet, the DNA molecules contain only the four nucleotide bases, that is, adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine. The information content of such a letter is 2 bits/nucleotide. Thus, the statistical information density is 1.88 x 1021 bits/cm3."
Sounds impressive, but lacks substance. DNA does not possess the "highest information density known." The very concept of information density is poorly defined in the scientific literature - and Gitt doesn't even attempt to present a working, let alone workable definition in his creationist faux-science alternative. How do you compare the "information density" of a DNA molecule with the information density of an electromagnetic wave emitted by a pulsar? It's a meaningless comparison.
Gitt then claims that Shannon theory is incomplete because (as intended by Shannon), it focuses on a quantitative measure of information. It doesn't care what the message means. He sets out to "fix" this nonexistent problem by positing five layers of information: statistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and apobetics. Gitt then pontificates that Shannon theory, and information theory as a whole, only concerns itself with statistics because it doesn't differentiate between syntactically valid and invalid information. Gitt's scheme, which has more in common with linguistics than information theory, enshrines Apobetics (a word he invents) as the most important attribute, and defines it as the "purpose" of the message (for reasons that will soon become clear).
Throughout "In the Beginning Was Information" Gitt is constantly inventing "theorems." He doesn't seem to understand what the word means in this context, because Gitt's "theorems" are just statements that he hopes are true, but which are unproven, and are often unproveable.
Here are just a few of Gitt's theorems (in the interests of relative brevity I've omitted his "Empirical Principles, Necessary Conditions, and Sufficient Conditions"):
"Theorem 4: A code is an absolutely necessary condition for the representation of information."
"Theorem 5: The assignment of the symbol set is based on convention and constitutes a mental process."
"Theorem 6: Once the code has been freely defined by convention, this definition must be strictly observed thereafter."
"Theorem 7: The code used must be known both to the transmitter and receiver if the information is to be understood."
"Theorem 8: Only those structures that are based on a code can represent information (because of Theorem 4). This is a necessary, but still inadequate, condition for the existence of information."
"Theorem 9: Only that which contains semantics is information."
"Theorem 10: Each item of information needs, if it is traced back to the beginning of the transmission chain, a mental source (transmitter)."
How does Gitt conclude that a code is a necessary condition for the representation of information? He just asserts it. Worse, how does he conclude that only things that are based on a code represent information? Again, just an assertion - but at least in this case a reasonable one. Gitt asserts that nothing without structured encoding is information. And this is also the absolute crux of his argument: information only exists as a part of a code designed by an intelligent "mental source" (Gitt's God).
Despite the fact that Gitt claims to be completing Shannon theory, there is no math in the rest of his argument. It's like watching the all words, all assertions, all the time channel.
Gitt's tottering house of cards continues to outreach his grasp as he piles on additional theorems:
"Theorem 11: The apobetic aspect of information is the most important, because it embraces the objective of the transmitter. The entire effort involved in the four lower levels is necessary only as a means to an end in order to achieve this objective."
After this literal instance of special revelation, Gitt reaches his pseudo-information theory apotheosis by brazenly asserting that he has mathematically completed Shannon's information theory! He then gushes about how the "most important empirical principles relating to the concept of information have been defined in the form of theorems."
Ultimately, to Gitt, a theorem is nothing but a "form," a syntactic structure, and his entire argument, as put forth in this book, is mathematically complete. Note to Gitt: not in this quantum reality. Next time do some serious, honest, and real science by offering a mathematically rigorous proof, not a loopy creationist "poof" as in "snapping fingers together and magically poofing things into existence."
After chapters of mind-numbing dreck and detritus Gitt discloses his real agenda:
"The Bible has long made it clear that the creation of the original groups of fully operational living creatures, programmed to transmit their information to their descendants, was the deliberate act of the mind and the will of the Creator, the great Logos Jesus Christ."
Gitt culminates his descent into gibberish with:
"We have already shown that life is overwhelmingly loaded with information; it should be clear that a rigorous application of the science of information is devastating to materialistic philosophy in the guise of evolution, and strongly supportive of Genesis creation."
It's a grand mal seizure moment - pure epileptic epiphany unconstrained by any nuance of reality or reason: DNA is a message with the highest possible information density because it encodes the literal uber-mind of the creator, God. Gitt also claims that said deity left behind a written and inerrant version of the creation event (in a less information dense form) known as the Book of Genesis, and that this myth masquerading as fact - along with the rest of the Bible - constitutes the ultimate moral and scientific truth in the universe, overthrowing over all extent or contemplated materialist skullduggery. Second note to Gitt: don't expect the Nobel Prize Committee (for Science, Peace, or Literature) to call any time soon.
As usual the twits (or Gitts) who write this stuff pretend to string together logical, scientific, and mathematically rigorous arguments for the existence of God - but they can only deliver this "miraculous" outcome by resorting to sleight-of-hand circular reasoning that specifically includes God as a necessary premise (implicitly woven throughout Gitt's Empirical Principles, Theorems, and Conditions).
"In the Beginning Was Information" has nothing honest, useful, or scientific to say about beginnings or information. The edifice of science based on methodological naturalism remains unshaken by Gitt's faith-based delusions and just-so story assertions. For a book that claims to be about information, very little is actually present.