Born on a Saturday?
Science vs history on the origin and end of the world.
The following is extracted, with slight editing only, from a post by Human Genetics Professor Felix Konotey-Ahulu, a world authority on sickle-cell anemia who is also a London physician, on his Alma Mater (Achimota School, Ghana) Forum in early 2016. It was in response to ‘Cameron’ regarding a BBC news item about scientists ‘explaining’ the origin of the universe and how it will end. Used by permission of the author.
I have more than once described the scientists that pontificate about the origin and end of the world as ‘whistling in the dark to keep their scientific courage up’. I am glad Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Medawar (Fellow of the Royal Society)—a man whose wisdom is far and away greater than that of some other Fellows of the Royal Society—stated in his book The Limits of Science, which every non-ignoramus should read, that science never could, never can, and never will be able to be used to explain the origin of the universe. And who am I to disagree with Medawar?
The fact is that the origin of the world is supra-scientific, just as the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is supra-scientific. Simply mind-boggling, and those who say otherwise on the BBC or elsewhere should get hold of Professor Medawar’s book and read it. By the way, Medawar was not ‘religious’.
Another Fellow of the Royal Society, also not religious, whom the BBC will not quote, is the late Cambridge University Professor Fred Hoyle, who described Darwinian evolution as superstition.1
Anybody today who denies that you, Cameron, and I, are the result of a big bang followed by processes of natural selection until (hey presto!) Cameron and Felix emerged—anybody denying this, as Professor Fred Hoyle did, is considered a crank.
Not many people are keen to follow the debate of origins. We are often happy to ‘leave it to the scientists to tell us what happened in the beginning and what will happen at the end’. But I have proven that an illiterate Krobo2 tribesman can arrive at certain truths quicker than the most brilliant scientists.
And this is simply how: Assemble the greatest scientific brains in the world and ask them to prove, using science only, that I was born on a Saturday. While they gather themselves drawing their graphs and jotting down their equations to try to prove I was born on a Saturday, not able to find a birth certificate or baptismal certificate, and frantically scratching their heads, an illiterate Krobo man passing by asks someone, “What’s the problem? What are these scientists assembled here trying to do?”
Told what their mission is, my fellow tribesman just asks the confused team: “What is Dorkita3 Konotey-Ahulu’s full name?” When told Kwame is among my names he simply says, “Well, there’s your answer: Saturday was when he was born”.4
Cameron, I used this story in an article in the Journal of Genetic Disorders & Genetic Reports5 to prove that history is head and shoulders above science in the elucidation of certain vital truths, and for us to be constantly waiting for what scientists will say in pursuit of the truth of origins will lead us astray.
References and notes
- In Chapter 2 of his book The Intelligent Universe, Michael Joseph Limited, London, 1983. For an excellent review of this work, see wasdarwinwrong.com/kortho47.htm; accessed 23 May 2016. Return to text.
- The Krobo people are the largest of the seven Adangme ethnic groups of southeastern Ghana. All seven groups speak Adangbe, of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages. Return to text.
- Dorkita = Doctor Return to text.
- Ghanaian tribal names may transmit substantial information, such as birth order, sex, etc. The author’s full names are Felix Israel Tetteh Kwame Akote Domeno Siako Konotey-Ahulu. ‘Tetteh’ shows he is the second of his mother’s children. If a Saturday-born female, the name ‘Ama’ would be given, not ‘Kwame’. If born the day before, the author would carry the name ‘Kofi’, as does the wellknown Ghanaian diplomat, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, born (Friday) 8 April 1938. Return to text.
- Konotey-Ahulu, F.I.D., History versus limits of science: is Solomonic genius a Y chromosome phenomenon? Journal of Genetic Disorders & Genetic Reports 3(2), May 2014, >dx.doi.org/10.4172/2327-5790.1000114. Return to text.