My next Extended God Puzzle piece is on complex structure. I was never sure what to call it as I’m not sure the exact formal meanings of complexity or structure. What I mean by using the two together is an arrangement of matter and energy that does not have a simple easy to describe order to it, and yet is not really random or uniform in it’s distribution. It is neither boringly simple nor overly complex. It’s somehow more than the physical position and distribution of the atoms.
What I’m suggesting in this God Puzzle piece is that what we see around us is more like the middle distribution than the other two, and that this structured complexity, however it came about, points to a designer. It may be that over time there is a flow from order to uniformity, through complex structure, but the exact form of the complex structure is still significant.
When you turn the focus dial on a camera, the image gradually appears out of the blur, coming into sharp relief, before melting away again. The scene was always there but it only became visible for a short while. The complex structure we see all around us is like that. The universe was always set up to produce it, even though it is only now coming into focus, and it may one day recede from our vision.
I’m just saying, it’s worth wondering about. Don’t let our descriptions shut the door to thoughts of a designer. Rather, let them draw you in open you up to the possibility of a creator.
Anyway, here is my latest Extended God Puzzle video on complex structure. See if you can spot the the Clangers reference: