Friday, December 16, 2005

The Tree in Angkor Wat -- For our Thornblogging Buddies

Which of the following explanations for this picture is the more likely?

1. The tree was placed there by God recently; He just made it look like it grew in.

2. God set it all up millions of years ago -- a tribe in present-day Cambodia would achieve a level of social organization that would give rise to just this temple complex in just this orientation; meanwhile, God created this species of tree and ordained that one should grow in this precise location. God set up the laws even unto their specific workings, such as evidenced in this photo, millions of years ago. He knows all.

3. We know trees (and other plants) have root systems that are geophilic, and for very good reasons of bioenergetics. We've seen on short timescales how grass can grow through cement sidewalks, say, in 20 years-ish. This is the same thing on a far longer timescale. Roots can crush stone; they do find the path of least resistance to the earth.

Now, construct tests, at least in principle, for each of the three positions. Feel free to add other positions, but you have to supply in-principle tests.

10 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...


You are missing the most simple explaination. That is not a tree.


Friday, December 16, 2005 3:12:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Is it an angel? One could take a scraping and see.

Friday, December 16, 2005 3:15:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Everyone - there's another ID/Evolution scrum over at Thornblog so go check it out!

Friday, December 16, 2005 3:52:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Angels in My Underpants - Hey, ya gotta believe!

Sunday, December 18, 2005 4:23:00 PM  
Blogger A.T. said...

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Monday, December 19, 2005 5:52:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...


Don't dodge it, yo! Just answer the question to the best of your ability. It's not a trap -- it gets at uniformity of natural laws, tendencies, et al, is space and time.

Monday, December 19, 2005 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Oops: "is" = "in".

Monday, December 19, 2005 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger A.T. said...

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Monday, December 19, 2005 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Allen, c'mon. Tell me which of the three you accept, and then why you accept that one.

If you're saying you accept #3, tell me why you believe that to be the case.

Of course #3 is correct -- but none of us were there to watch this tree do its work over dozens of years, thousands of miles away. So why do we all, obviously, accept #3?

Monday, December 19, 2005 3:20:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Will I get a response, y'all think?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 7:58:00 AM  

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