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Posted by Harvey on June 6, 2002 04:20:48 UTC

Richard,

This philosophical paper talks about the 'supernaturalist creationist' position versus the 'natural creationist' position.

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/philosophy/faculty/koons/ntse/papers/Kemp.html

I especially liked this statement by Kemp:

"it would seem more consonant with God's wisdom and providence to think that He could and did create a world of secondary natures that could and did do His will. In other words, that He created a world which developed in the way in which he intended without His continually having make adjustments."

As far as application of the minimum principle (or principle of least action), I haven't seen much on this principle since Pierre-Louis Maupertuis co-invented it with Euler and Leibniz. He was a naturalist in the 18th century who even advocated a kind of natural selection prior to Darwin.

Warm regards, Harv

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