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"6. Torah & Science: Conclusion and Appendix A
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Conclusion:
There are no contradictions between Torah and science. As we have seen, the
apparent contradictions are only a result of misrepresentations of Torah,
misrepresentations of science, or both.
At this point, it is worth repeating two quotes. The first is by Charles
Darwin, showing that Darwin himself believed that life on earth was started
by "the Creator", as described in Genesis:
"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having
been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one..."
Darwin himself, whose theory is often quoted by antireligious proponents,
testifies to the greatness of "the Creator".
The second quote is by the Rambam, showing that, in science, evidence takes
precedence over personal credentials and authority.
"We do not worry about who is the author (of the knowledge), whether it
was authored by the prophets or by the gentiles. Because, in every
subject for which its reasoning was discovered and its truth became
known through faultless evidence, we do not rely on the person who said
it or who taught it, but, on the evidence which was discovered and the
reason which became known."
The Rambam, who wrote the first complete codification of the Godgiven
Jewish religious law, teaches us that when it comes to establishing
scientific truth, it is only the evidence, and nothing but the evidence,
that counts. However, as we learned above, it must be real scientific
evidence of facts  not imaginative or speculative theories.
The Rambam said that through the study of science a person comes to
appreciate the greatness of God  the Creator. A thousand years later,
Anthony Flew, the Brittish hardcore philosophical atheist who was
considered for 50 years to be the world's champion of atheism, demonstrated
the truth of what the Rambam has said. Through the study of science, and
science alone, Flew changed his mind and started to believe in God.
Appendix A:
This appendix shows two examples of deceptive mathematics. We start with an
identity, then we apply the same mathematical operations to both sides of
each equation.
Let's start with the following identity:
1/1 = 1/1
Take the square root of both sides:
(1/1)^{½} = (1/1)^{½}
(1)^{½} / (1)^{½} =(1)^{½}
/ (1)^{½}
Using the symbol i: [ i = (1)^{½} ]
i / (1)^{½} = (1)^{½} /
i
Now let's subtract i from each side and simplify:
i/1  i = 1/i  i
multiply both sides by i:
i^{2}  i^{2} = 1  i^{2}
(1)  (1) = 1  (1)
0 = 1+1
0 = 2
We just proved that 0=2. Now let's prove that 2=1 :
Let's start by establishing the following identity:
a=b
Multiply each side by a:
a^{2} = ab
add a^{2} to each side:
a^{2} + a^{2} = a^{2}
+ ab
which is the same as:
2a^{2} = a^{2} + ab
Subtract 2ab from each side:
2a^{2}  2ab = a^{2} +
ab  2ab
Multiply each side by b:
2a^{2}b  2ab^{2} = a^{2}b
+ ab^{2}  2ab^{2}
Which is the same as:
2a^{2}b  2ab^{2} = a^{2}b
 ab^{2}
Now take the common factor b out of parenthesis:
b(2a^{2}  2ab) = b(a^{2}
 ab)
Which is the same as:
2b(a^{2}  ab) = b(a^{2}
 ab)
Cancel (a^{2}  ab) on each side:
2b = b
Cancel b on each side:
2 = 1
Since 0=2 and 2=1, we can combine these two equalities to yield the
additional conclusion that 0=1.
So far we proved that 0=1, 0=2, and 1=2. By adding 1 to each side of the
equation we can extend the proof to show that: 2=3, 3=4, 4=5, 5=6, and so
on. Not only that, but, since 1=0, we can multiply each side of this
equation by any number, to show that 2=0, 3=0, 4=0, 5=0, and so on. This
proof, that all numbers are equal to zero, is the mathematical verification
of the famous saying: "Vanity of vanities, said Kohelet; vanity of vanities,
all is vanity." (Kohelet, ch.1, v.2)
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