Abiogenesis – The Origin of Life

By October 4, 2009Science

Since the dawn of humanity, civilizations have created myths to explain our origins. Grounded not in fact, but in belief, the thousands of different creation myths all share one common thread… The Supernatural.

No human mind could conceive of a means of life originating through purely natural processes. Life only appears to come from life, therefore a natural origin was out of the question.

Before we continue, let’s get one thing straight: the origin of life – Abiogenesis – has nothing to do with the Theory of Evolution. Scientific theories are designed to explain a SPECIFIC set of scientific facts. You would not claim the Theory of Gravity is wrong because it does not explain germs. (That’s what Germ Theory is for.) Claiming evolution is wrong because it does not explain the origin of life is like claiming an umbrella doesn’t work because it does not predict the paths of hurricanes.

Abiogenesis explains the origin of life… Evolution explains how life changes once it already exists.

Creationists have made a number of arguments why they think Abiogenesis is wrong. Here are the top 4:

Argument 1 – Spontaneous generation of complex organisms is impossible.

Spontaneous generation was actually scientifically tested and proven to be false in 1668 by Francesco Redi, in 1765 by Lazzaro Spallanzani, in 1859 by Louis Pasteur and has never been claimed by scientists since. Way to be current.

Argument 2 – The probability of a single cell forming by chance is 1 in 1050,000

Disregarding the fact that these numbers are made up, all it shows is that early life could not have been as complex as modern cells.

Argument 3 – Taken by Ben Stein. “Life was created by lightning striking a mud puddle.”

And that’s just silly. Actually, there is only one book that claims life was formed from dirt. The Holy Bible.

Argument 4 – The 1953 Miller-Urey experiment did not create life.

This is like claiming it’s impossible to fly to the moon because the Wright brothers didn’t.

The early Earth has orders of magnitude more: time, space, complex chemistry and environmental conditions. So what can science tell us about the origin of life? This video is a summary of work by Dr. Szostak, Professor at Harvard Medical School.