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If Low-Level Life Exists on Other Planets, What of God?

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the news that certain cloud compositions on Venus are best explained by molecular Venutian life existing, this prompts some interesting questions. If life can only be explained by God, that naturalism struggles to explain abiogenesis, as certain theists (including creationists) claim, then why do we have complex sentient life on Earth and merely molecular, […]

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Life as an Emergent Property, and Rocks

Reading Time: 4 minutes Abiogenesis and wondering how life started for the very first time here on Earth, is endlessly fascinating. Believers prefer to plug the hole of ignorance with the ever-useful GodPutty™. GodPutty™ plugs any holes in a way that leaves you never wanting for answers again. It’s the perfect antidote for scientific curiosity and inquiry. Believers sit […]

Posted inBiology, General

Abiogenesis

Reading Time: 2 minutes Abiogenesis: A natural process by which living organisms can arise from nonliving organic molecules. Creationists claim that evolution is impossible because complex organs like eyes are too complex to have arisen without the helping hand of an “intelligent designer.” The key words they intone are “irreducible complexity.” As transitional forms have been found, the gaps […]

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A Big Question

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of my Christmas presents this year was a book from my daughter, Julia and her husband Frank. They know my interests, and made an excellent choice: Stephen Hawking’s final work, titled “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” I have just started to read it. The first chapter is an appropriate subject for this blog. […]

Posted inBiology, Evolution

Why Did God Wait to Create the World?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Well, it depends what kind of Christian you are as to how you interpret what happened in the creation of this here universe. The young earth creationist will, of course, believe that the world that we live on and the universe that we live in are only 6000 or so years old. The old earth creationist, […]

Posted inBiology, Secularism

Unanswerable Questions

Reading Time: 4 minutes There have been a number of articles with long comment threads here on Tippling Philosopher on the question of the existence of a supernatural being. Skeptics, like the person pushing the keys to write this, assert that no credible evidence has been provided, and therefore we reject the idea until it is. The burden of […]

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Abiogenesis Wars: Fine-Tuning and Complexity

Reading Time: 7 minutes There’s a pretty heated stand off between Smilodon’s Retreat (SR) and Jim Dailey (JD) over on this thread here. The crux of the argument seems to be about how difficult it is for the believer to swallow the notion that something like life, and the complexity it requires for spontaneous lift-off, couldn’t possibly start on […]

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Origins of Life

Reading Time: 6 minutes My old blogging compadre, Smilodon’s Retreat, recently chipped in on some abiogenesis chat on a few threads I posted. He has kindly let me repost an old piece of his that should have some relevance. It can be found in original for here at his home at SIN. It’s a few years old but still […]

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Abiogenesis and Probability

Reading Time: 8 minutes There has been a fascinating discussion on a recent post thread concerning abiogenesis, the creation of molecular chemistry in the context of RNA and DNA, and probability. I thought I would point people to a few articles, now some years old and probably out of date in certain areas of the findings of the chemistry […]

Posted inBiology, Education, Environment, Evolution, Meaning & Purpose, Philosophy, Psychology, Science

Balls! 2 (Balls on the Brain)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Some folks got quite exercised about the “cliffhanger” ending of my post, last week. This week I will discuss what the original target of the thought experiment actually was, how the experiment morphed into what was ultimately posted, and how I think the utility of the thought experiment has been improved both for the purpose […]