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Posted inScience

The beginnings of life: First evidence of molecular evolution of RNA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Research from the University of Tokyo has “provided the first empirical evidence that simple biological molecules can lead to the emergence of complex lifelike systems” as they created an RNA molecule that “replicates, diversifies, and develops complexity, following Darwinian evolution.” This is the holy grail of naturalism—abiogenesis—not the diversification of life itself but the start […]

Posted inBiology

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, […]

Posted inBiology

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 […]

Posted inBiology

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 […]

Posted inBiology, Science

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 […]

Posted inBiology

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 inEvolution, Philosophy, Science

Answering Questions about Empiricism as Foundational: Abiogenesis, Language and Incredulity

Reading Time: 6 minutes Goodness me. Here’s another comment from See that he demands is answered, dripping as it is with condescension, and full of naivety. This came in the middle of his points being soundly debunked. As ever, I write this not so much for him, but for all the other readers. Some of See’s comments are regular […]

Posted inBiology

Did life begin on land rather than in the sea?

Reading Time: 4 minutes This has come from the University of California Santa Cruz: For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the abundant stromatolites that were discovered there in […]

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