Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.
MAURICIO MEDIANO, Ph.D.
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On February 7, 2017, I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and erudite author of The Proof That God Exists, Maurico Riguette Mediano, Ph.D., and he graciously took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for me and Bestsellersworld about his fascinating book. The Proof That God Exists lays out a convincing case that the universe was "designed," as Dr. Mediano puts it, and that "the designer, God, exists." To this end, the author incorporates evidence from scientific disciplines in his argument, in order to show how precisely the universe works, and to prove that there was a designer behind its creation. What follows is the interview, and I hope that the readers of Bestsellersworld enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed interviewing Dr. Mediano.
Doublas R. Cobb: What, or who, was behind your initial interest in science, Dr. Mediano? Did you enjoy learning about science at an early age?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: For as long as I can remember, I've been amazed by all sorts of aspects related to being alive and being human. Our self-awareness, the things that set us apart fro the rest of nature and so on. I wanted to understand how such things were possible. I was also intrigued by how unusual, and unique human life was. Science was the obvious avenue to explain such phenomena.
Doublas R. Cobb: Our readers would like to know what lead you to believe that science and religion, far from being mutually exclusive, are intricately related to each other?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: Even though science and religion are very distinctive from each other, they are facets of the same reality. Therefore, one is bound to have answers to aspects of our existence the other does not have much to offer. I believe I gradually made these associations between science and religion as I had access to scientific findings that were unusual and convenient to support the existence and evolution of human life.
Doublas R. Cobb: What would you say to somebody who might be a skeptic, a person who might agree that Earth could be the only planet in the universe to harbor intelligent life, but argues that just proves how random circumstances can lead to what someone else might call the work of God?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: I would like to clarify that I have the utmost respect for everyone's choices and points of view. In the spirit of dialogue and mutual understanding, I would pose the following scenario. Imagine that you need to buy a plane ticket and an airline with one hundred times more likelihood of a fatal accident offers you a couple of hundred dollars discount. Would you use this airline? In fact, you would not be able to do so in most developed countries because these airlines are barred from doing business in such countries. Why would you side with much smaller odds, in the question of whether God exists or not? My book touches this issue a bit. Our survival instincts and our view of life as something ordinary we experience on a daily basis are two facts that tip the scale towards skepticism.
Doublas R. Cobb: How long did it take you to write The Proof that God Exists? What was the most challenging part about writing it?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: I could say that I've been working on this book for most of my life as I gradually collected evidence and thought extensively about this topic. Since I decided to get the book written, it took me three years. In general, the most time-consuming chapters were the ones about physics and cosmology. I had to rewrite them a few times to make sure that each one had a distinct claim.
Doublas R. Cobb: Is there any advice you would give to aspiring scientists who are also believers in God?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: Being objective and believing in God are not mutually exclusive things. It is important to keep an open mind and try as much as possible to balance these two sides of yourself so that you can make progress both professionaly and spiritually.
Doublas R. Cobb: Why do you think that some world leaders and politicians seem to be science deniers, denying that global warming exists?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: Such leaders and politicians deny science because it is convenient to do so. The denial is, curiously, directly proportional to the amount of sacrifice a society needs to make to address global warming. These leaders and politicians believe that they are representing their people when they deny global warming.
Doublas R. Cobb: Which chapter of The Proof That God Exists was the most difficult, or time-consuming, for you to write, and why?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: The most challenging chapters were the ones where I had to convey the most controversial subjects, such as how the male aggression in humans (chapter "Male Aggression and Restraint"), because it can be suppressed through education, can contribute to abstract evolution.
Doublas R. Cobb: I really liked reading how you laid out the case that life and matter is intricate, and that the very way atoms and molecules are arranged and designed eventually resulted in the birth and evolution of humans. The Earth's magnetic field is one of the reasons our planet can support life. Why is it essential that Earth has a molten magnetic core to support intelligent life?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: The molten core made it possible for Earth to have a geomagnetic field to protect our atmosphere. There would not be oxygen without an atmosphere; there would not be complex life without oxygen; and, finally, there would not be intelligent life without complex life. Moreover, the molten core is also responsible for geographic accidents which also play a significant role in life. Several chapters address these concepts in more detail.
Doublas R. Cobb: As I was reading The Proof That God Exists, I often thought about the quote credited to Albert Einstein, "God does not play dice with the universe," and also Blaise Pascal, and the famous Pascal's Wager. Were you influenced by either of these two men? Were they inspirations to you?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: Several notable scientists such as Einstein and Pascal had some level of spirituality and religiousness. In fact, many fundamental scientific discoveries came from scientists with a degree of religiousness. Such scientists were both sources of inspiration and evidence to my book. How can humanity, in two million years, diverge from a common ancestor with chimpanzees and produce individuals with such degree of intelligence such as Einstein? Note that very few species, if any, saw such degree of change in such a short period. For example, in 20 million years, crocodiles have barely changed.
Doublas R. Cobb: I just have a couple more questions to go! I have really enjoyed your answers so far! How has the relatively large size of the brains of humans sometimes been a "detriment" in terms of our evolution, in comparison with other animals?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: The brain uses 20% of the energy of the body, that is a tremendous overhead on our body’s resource utilization. Some scientists believe that such enormous resource needs came at the expense of other functions. For example, our muscles are much weaker than muscles of the rest of the primates and great apes. In summary, to have big brains we got weaker and had to find more food.
Doublas R. Cobb: In The Proof That God Exists, chapter 44, you write about the importance of "abstract evolution." You state it was crucial for humans to "move from hunter-gatherer societies to modern societies, a key element that differentiates humans from the rest of nature." Would you please explain for our readers why abstract evolution was so important?
Mauricio Mediano, Ph.D.: Without abstract evolution, our lifestyles would be strongly tied to the environment and would more closely resemble other species in nature. The abstract evolution allowed us to departure from the primitive aspects of nature and endeavor into civilized and modern lifestyles where, for example, most individuals don't die before reaching adulthood. Whithout abstract evolution, humans would be in an eternal cycle of killing and dying to become food in the wild like other species do.
Doublas R. Cobb: Thank you, Dr. Mediano, for agreeing to do this interview with me! The Proof that God Exists is a terrific and thought-provoking read that anyone who likes books about religion and/or science will want to add to their personal libraries.
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