Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 8, 2020

24. Famous Thinkers – Computer Scientist Is a Creationist

(4 Minute Read plus video)

What MIT professor said this?

I once thought I was too smart to believe in God. Now I know I was an arrogant fool who snubbed the greatest Mind in the cosmos — the Author of all science, mathematics, art, and everything else there is to know. Today I walk humbly, having received the most undeserved grace. I walk with joy, alongside the most amazing Companion anyone could ask for, filled with desire to keep learning and exploring.

Who is she?

This professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded a new branch of computer science called Affective Computing. The MIT Affective Computing Research Group, which she founded and directs, develops wearable computer technology for use by those with challenges from illness, injury, or congenital disability.

Her affective computing inventions have applications in autism, epilepsy, depression, PTSD, sleep, stress, dementia, autonomic nervous system disorders, human and machine learning, health behavior change, market research, customer service, and human-computer interaction. One item is a smart watch that helps caregivers save epileptic patients. Other products detect stress in people who struggle with expressing emotion like those with autism.

This professor said,

But I know there is a God of unfathomable greatness and love who freely enters into relationship with all who confess their sins and call upon His name.

Who is she?

This professor has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers and book chapters. She was once an atheist who scorned creationists and eagerly debated them. But she now believes in the God of the Bible.

Dr. Rosalind Picard

Who is she?

This MIT professor is Rosalind Picard. ​​Read about her journey from atheism to faith in her own words here:
MIT Professor Meets the Author of All Knowledge

In this short 3-minute video testimony,
How I found meaning beyond success,
Picard says,
“. . . all of this worldly success pales completely in comparison to the greatest thing in my life, knowing and being known by the One who made it all, the One from whom every good thing comes, the One who knows what the world truly needs to be saved, the One who knows and loves every single person on our planet, you and me included, whether or not we behave in a lovable way, whether we respond with love in return, or whether we spit in return. . . . But an even greater delight [than my research work], the deepest I have ever experienced, is in knowing and being known by the ultimate source of all knowledge, power, mercy, strength, and goodness.”

Rosalind Picard believes in the Great Creator. In the video below she says, “God created people to be a great variety.” (at 58:38ff)

She is one of a growing number of scientists who are skeptical of the theory of Darwinian evolution. Picard signed the Scientific Dissent From Darwinism petition and explained her position in this statement.

Here is a video of Picard’s talk, Saving Technology: Is it our only hope? It was given at Georgia Tech in February 2016. The lecture and subsequent Q & A is 85 minutes. In the first portion of the video she speaks about her development of affective computer technology to help people with problems like epilepsy and autism. About the 42-minute mark she transitions to the Q & A session where she talks some about her faith and how it impacts her work.


 

Therefore…

We could use more scientists with the integrity, insight, and intellectual honesty of Rosalind Picard — a scientist with active faith in the Creator and one whose brilliant research daily serves the needs of hurting people. Picard has not been duped by the evolutionism that deludes so many intellectuals today. How foolish is the arrogance and hubris of today — whereby man thinks he is so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator!

Belief in a Creator is common sense based on looking at what has been created. This was the conviction and argument of
Paul the Apostle (Romans 1:18-23),
President Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin,
Sir Isaac Newton,
John Calvin,
Dr. Werner von Braun,
George Washington Carver,
Johann Kepler,
Blaise Pascal,
Robert Boyle,
Dr. Raymond Damadian,
President Herbert Hoover,
Billy Sunday,
William Jennings Bryan,
and innumerable other leading thinkers throughout history. These men believed in a Creator and Intelligent Designer. None would have been fooled by the evolutionism that hoodwinks so many today. Throughout history the vast majority of mankind has known that there must be a Creator.

Rosalind Picard believes in the Creator and boldly proclaims her faith in God. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to this eminent scientist — one whose achievements far exceed those of most today.

Questions to Ponder

1. What opportunity awaits you this week to follow Jesus in practical service to the hurting and distressed?
2. What opportunity awaits you to speak up and honor the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 24th installment in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men and women who believed in the Creator.
Read the prequels:
1. Famous Thinkers – Former U.S. President Supports Intelligent Design
2. Famous Thinkers – Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
3. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Supports Intelligent Design
4. Famous Thinkers – Theologian Testifies for Creation
5. Famous Thinkers – Rocket Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
6. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation
7. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation 2
8. Famous Thinkers – Astronomer Is a Creationist
9. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist
10. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist 2
11. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 1
12. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 2
13. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 3
14. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 4
15. Famous Thinkers – Physician Is a Creationist
16. Famous Thinkers – President Is a Creationist
17. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 1
18. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 2
19. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 3
20. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 4
21. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 1
22. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 2
23. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 3

Read the sequel:
25. Famous Thinkers – Professor Disputes Evolution

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday January 8, 2020 A.D.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)

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Responses

  1. Great post. It is encouraging to see a devout atheist become a powerful Christian. Because she knows both worldviews, her effectiveness in explaining the gospel with a science mind is incredible. May more people follow in her steps. Blessings!

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, Prof. Picard is a bold and clear witness for Christ.

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