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  • Are We Alone in the Universe?

    11/20/2013 9:33:30 AM PST · by Dysart · 148 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-20-13 | Paul Davies
    THE recent announcement by a team of astronomers that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable planets in our galaxy has further fueled the speculation, popular even among many distinguished scientists, that the universe is teeming with life.The astronomer Geoffrey W. Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, an experienced planet hunter and co-author of the study that generated the finding, said that it “represents one great leap toward the possibility of life, including intelligent life, in the universe.” But “possibility” is not the same as likelihood. If a planet is to be inhabited rather than merely habitable,...
  • Subhumanism: The West's New Philosophy

    07/23/2013 11:56:24 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 2013 | Jason Jones and John Zmirak
    Here’s an ugly truth you can drop in the punchbowl at your next office party – most Western men and women, including many who consider themselves conventionally religious, treat human beings as subhuman. They accept without reflection theories of human life that reduce us to brainy animals, or let us play at being gods. These theories render suffering meaningless and train us to live as cowards; they teach us to despise the weak but train us in habits of laziness and avoidance; they speak the language of progress while in fact encouraging the lowest of human instincts; they claim to...
  • “Abiogenesis is Irrelevant to Evolution” (is it now?)

    06/06/2013 12:16:27 PM PDT · by kimtom · 123 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | Nov 19 2012 | Jeff Miller, Ph.D.
    (article photo) The Law of Biogenesis tells us that in nature, life comes only from life of its kind (Miller, 2012). Therefore, abiogenesis (i.e., life arising from non-living materials) is impossible, according to the scientific evidence. How then can atheistic theories like Darwinian evolution be considered acceptable? There is a growing trend among evolutionists today to attempt to sidestep the problem of abiogenesis by contending that evolution has nothing to do with the origin of life, but rather is a theory which starts with life already in existence and explains the origin of all species from that original life form....
  • What If We ARE Alone? Discuss Implications if Earth has ONLY Intelligent Life in the Universe

    02/08/2013 8:37:47 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 131 replies
    Self | February 8, 2013 | PJ-Comix
    Most people seem to assume that the universe is chock full of intelligent life. But what if we ARE alone in the Universe? So far all SETI searches have shown no evidence of other civilizations out there. If you have devoted your life to searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, you are probably wasting your time. The more I study about the formation of the earth, the more convinced I am that the earth is pretty much a freak occurrence whose conditions for life or intelligent life exits nowhere else. So what are the theological implications of this?...
  • Lichen Can Survive in Space: Space Station Research Sheds Light On Origin of Life

    06/24/2012 12:18:06 PM PDT · by onedoug · 32 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 23 JUNE 2012 | reprinted from materials provided by European Space Agency
    ...When astronauts venture on a spacewalk, hours are spent preparing protective suits to survive the hostile conditions. No effort was made to protect the bacteria, seeds, lichen and algae attached to the outside of the Space Station, however. .... Lichen have proven to be tough cookies -- back on Earth, some species continue to grow normally.
  • Hints of Life Found on Saturn Moon

    06/04/2010 2:27:04 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies · 720+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | June 4, 2010 | Gizmodo
     Two potential signatures of life on Saturn's moon Titan have been found by the Cassini spacecraft. But scientists are quick to point out that non-biological chemical reactions could also be behind the observations.Titan is much too cold to support liquid water on its surface, but some scientists have suggested that exotic life-forms could live in the lakes of liquid methane or ethane that dot the moon's surface.In 2005, Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field and Heather R Smith of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, calculated that such microbes could eke out an existence by breathing in hydrogen...
  • New Research Rejects 80-Year Theory of 'Primordial Soup' as the Origin of Life

    02/22/2010 8:13:17 AM PST · by Sopater · 93 replies · 1,205+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Feb. 3, 2010
    For 80 years it has been accepted that early life began in a 'primordial soup' of organic molecules before evolving out of the oceans millions of years later. Today the 'soup' theory has been over turned in a pioneering paper in BioEssays which claims it was the Earth's chemical energy, from hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, which kick-started early life. "Textbooks have it that life arose from organic soup and that the first cells grew by fermenting these organics to generate energy in the form of ATP. We provide a new perspective on why that old and familiar view...
  • Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science

    12/03/2009 8:35:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 371 replies · 5,254+ views
    CMI ^ | December 1, 2009 | Dave Woetzel
    Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science --snip-- Today, the Darwinian scientific consensus persists within almost every large university and governmental institution. But around the middle of the 20th century an interesting new trend emerged and has since become increasingly established. Evolutionary theorists have been forced, step by step, to steadily retreat from the evidence in the field. Some of the evidences mentioned earlier in this article were demonstrated to be frauds and hoaxes. Other discoveries have been a blow to the straightforward expectations and predictions of evolutionists. Increasingly, they have been forced to tack ad hoc mechanisms onto Darwin’s...
  • Tale of Two Creation Films Denied First Amendment Rights on Darwin's Anniversary

    11/25/2009 7:56:35 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 179 replies · 3,262+ views
    ChristianNewsWire ^ | November 25, 2009
    HUNTSVILLE, AL, Nov. 25 Christian Newswire -- Two creation films called "inappropriate" were denied the opportunity to be shown in government facilities this week--which marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species". While the intelligent design film "Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record" has not been granted permission for a showing in California, "The Mysterious Islands", a new 90-minute Vision Forum film that challenges Darwin's evolution by taking audiences back to engage the enchanted Galapagos Islands, has enjoyed a victory and will premiere as previously scheduled tonight, Nov. 25, at 6:30 PM, at...
  • Discrimination Against Intelligent Design Film Cited in California Science Center Lawsuit

    11/25/2009 10:15:23 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 58 replies · 1,647+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | November 25, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    More details are now coming out from the lawsuit filed against the California Science Center by the American Freedom Alliance (AFA), filed in the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Los Angeles (Central District). AFA's lawsuit contends that the California Science Center engaged in viewpoint discrimination when cancelling AFA's contract to screen the pro-intelligent design (ID) documentary Darwin’s Dilemma at the Center’s IMAX Theatre on October 25th. As discussed below, AFA's complaint contains e-mails from California Science Center staff revealing that the Center cared more about how it would be perceived by ID-critics in the...
  • Pro-Darwin consensus doesn't rule out intelligent design (published on CNN!!!)

    11/24/2009 6:50:51 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 171 replies · 3,129+ views
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2009 | Stephen Meyer, Ph.D.
    Pro-Darwin consensus doesn't rule out intelligent design --snip-- (CNN) -- While we officially celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on November 24, celebrations of Darwin's legacy have actually been building in intensity for several years. Darwin is not just an important 19th century scientific thinker. Increasingly, he is a cultural icon. Darwin is the subject of adulation that teeters on the edge of hero worship, expressed in everything from scholarly seminars and lecture series to best-selling new atheist tracts like those by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The atheists claim that...
  • The Darwin Anniversary

    11/24/2009 9:27:06 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 193 replies · 4,514+ views
    CMI ^ | November 24, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    Today, November 24, it is exactly 150 years since Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species. The world has been gearing up for this “second echelon” of celebrations for this international “Year of Darwin”, following on from the 200th anniversary of his birth this last February. Atheists and humanist groups in particular have seemed to be relishing the thought of giving further prominence to the ideas of their patron saint. Their adulation is heightened by their knowledge that...
  • Wired: “Birth of New Species Witnessed by Scientists”

    11/21/2009 9:59:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 99 replies · 3,140+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    Scientists have watched as a new species is “born”—or is that “evolved”?—on one of the Galapagos Islands, home of Darwin’s famous finches...
  • How Evolutionists Misunderstand Entropy

    11/20/2009 6:40:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 173 replies · 2,851+ views
    Creation Matters ^ | Timothy R. Stout
    It has always amazed me how unconcerned evolutionists seem to be about entropy and the problems it poses both for a natural origin of life and for macroevolution. The argument from entropy is one of the most powerful arguments against the spontaneous formation of life from a random association of non-living chemicals...
  • NASA Reproduces A Building Block Of Life In Laboratory

    11/13/2009 4:12:59 PM PST · by OldNavyVet · 19 replies · 1,394+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11 November 2009 | NASA
    NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces this essential ingredient of life. Pyrimidine is a ring-shaped molecule made up of carbon and nitrogen and is the basic structure for uracil, part of a genetic code found in ribonucleic acid (RNA). RNA is central to protein synthesis, but has many other roles. "We have demonstrated for the first time that we can make uracil, a component of RNA, non-biologically in a laboratory...
  • Natural selection cannot explain the origin of life (Darwin's epic failure re: comprehensive ToE)

    11/12/2009 8:53:24 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 222 replies · 3,116+ views
    CMI ^ | November 12, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati and Don Batten
    While Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has been described as “a grand narrative—a story of origins that would change the world”,1 ironically his book very pointedly avoided the question of the origin of life itself. This ought not be surprising. Darwin’s theory of the origin of species “by means of natural selection”2 presupposes self-reproduction, so can’t explain the origin of self-reproduction. Unfortunately, many proponents of evolution seem unaware of that. They don’t acknowledge that natural selection requires pre-existing life. As leading 20th century evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky lamented: ...
  • Minimal Complexity Relegates Life Origin Models To Fanciful Speculation

    11/10/2009 8:11:47 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,237+ views
    UncommonDescent ^ | November 10, 2009 | Robert Deyes
    Former Nature editor Philip Ball once commented that ‘there is no assembly plant so delicate, versatile and adaptive as the cell” (1). Emeritus Professor Theodore Brown chose to wax metaphorical by likening the cell to a fully-fledged factory, with its own complex functional relationships and interactions akin to what we observe in our own manufacturing facilities (2). In recent years the seemingly intractable problem of explaining how the first cell came into existence through chance events, otherwise known as the ‘Chance Hypothesis’, has become more acute than ever as scientists have begun to realize that a minimum suite of functional...
  • Free Speech Prevails as Stephen Meyer Speaks on Intelligent Design to Huge Crowd (in CO)

    11/02/2009 8:38:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,826+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 31, 2009 | John West, Ph.D.
    Castle Rock, Colorado—Despite the first major snowstorm of the season, and unrelenting efforts by malicious Darwinists to prevent people from registering, a huge crowd of around 1,000 people showed up Friday night to hear Dr. Stephen Meyer present the DNA evidence for intelligent design based on his new book Signature in the Cell. Meyer, Michael Behe, David Berlinski, and myself are in Colorado to speak at the Legacy of Darwin ID Conference sponsored by Shepherd Project Ministries. On Saturday, Michael Behe will present the evidence against modern Darwinism from his books Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution;...
  • News to Note, October 31, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    10/31/2009 8:19:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 678+ views
    AiG ^ | October 31, 2009
    (See all these news nuggets and more by clicking the excerpt link below): 1. BBC News: “Darwin Teaching ‘Divides Opinion’” Darwinism is a controversial topic, and many believe creation should be taught in the classroom. But why is that news? 2. ScienceDaily: “Junk DNA Mechanism that Prevents Two Species from Reproducing Discovered” Has the U.S. government finally supported creationist research? Alas, no, but the results of a National Institutes of Health study fit squarely within the young-earth creation framework. 3. PhysOrg: “Charles Darwin Really Did Have Advanced Ideas about the Origin of Life” Charles Darwin was convinced that life’s origin...
  • Cambrian Explosion Solved: Elementary, My Dear Darwin

    10/30/2009 8:26:04 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 1,476+ views
    CEH ^ | October 28, 2009
    Oct 28, 2009 — Two articles announced solutions to the evidential problem that most troubled Darwin – the sudden appearance of complex animals at the base of the Cambrian fossil record.  Both of them involve chemical elements.  The only difference is which element. Science Daily announced a “Novel Evolutionary Theory For The Explosion Of Life.”  The article acknowledged that “The Cambrian Explosion is widely regarded as one of the most relevant episodes in the history of life on Earth, when the vast majority of animal phyla first appear in the fossil record.”  The article also acknowledged it to be a...
  • Can Life Exist on Other Planets?

    10/29/2009 8:08:40 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 43 replies · 1,988+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | October 2009 | Danny Faulkner, Ph.D.
    Many people make a distinction between the origin of life and the evolution of life. In this view, biological evolution refers to the gradual development of the diversity of living things from a common ancestor, while the ultimate origin of life is a separate question. This is a legitimate point, but evolution is about much more than just biology. The evolutionary worldview is that all of physical existence, both living and non-living, arose through purely natural processes. With this broad definition of evolution, abiogenesis--the spontaneous appearance of life from non-living matter--is a necessity. If life did arise on earth by...
  • Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? (Temple of Darwin at it again...LOL!!!)

    10/22/2009 2:44:51 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 81 replies · 2,422+ views
    New Scientist ^ | October 19, 2009 | Nick Lane
    Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? --snip-- The picture painted by Russell and Martin is striking indeed. The last common ancestor of all life was not a free-living cell at all, but a porous rock riddled with bubbly iron-sulphur membranes that catalysed primordial biochemical reactions...
  • Origin of Life 'Gateway' Remains Hidden

    06/17/2009 8:33:01 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 773+ views
    ICR ^ | June 17, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    UK researchers believe they may have “broken new ground” in the ongoing quest to find out how living cells first evolved. The New York Times proclaimed, “An English chemist has found the hidden gateway” to the origin of life.[1] But despite the claim that the scientists “have developed an experiment that sheds new and fascinating light on how life on Earth might have begun,”[2] what they really demonstrated was that the molecules of life can only come from living cells...
  • DNA-like Molecule Replicates Without Help

    06/13/2009 1:07:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 1,897+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 11 June 2009 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge ImagePre-RNA? Hybrids between proteins and nucleic acids may have helped genetic molecules evolve.Credit: Science/AAAS Researchers pondering the origin of life have long struggled to crack the ultimate chicken-and-egg paradox. How did nucleic acids like DNA and RNA--which encode proteins--first form, when proteins are needed for their synthesis? Now, scientists report that they've cooked up molecular hybrids of proteins and nucleic acids that skirt the dreaded paradox. Although it's unknown whether such molecules existed prior to the emergence of life, they offer insight into a chemical pathway that might have helped life arise. DNA and RNA sport a backbone...
  • Chemists see first building blocks to life on Earth

    05/14/2009 9:22:19 AM PDT · by Sopater · 33 replies · 696+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed May 13, 5:05 pm ET
    PARIS (AFP) – British scientists said on Wednesday that they had figured out key steps in the process by which life on Earth may have emerged from a seething soup of simple chemicals. Genetic information in living organisms today is held in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the famous "double helix" molecule of sugar, phosphate and a base. But DNA is too sophisticated to have popped up in an instant, and one avenue of thought says its single-stranded cousin, ribonucleic acid, or RNA, came first. RNA plays a key role in making proteins and, in viruses, is used to store genetic code....
  • Scientists May Have Found How Life Began

    05/14/2009 8:19:44 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 255 replies · 4,152+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2009 | Fox News
    British scientists said on Wednesday that they had figured out key steps in the process by which life on Earth may have emerged from a seething soup of simple chemicals, according to Agence France-Presse.
  • On the Origin of Life on Earth

    01/16/2009 12:31:14 PM PST · by js1138 · 51 replies · 2,819+ views
    Science ^ | January 8, 2009 | Carl Zimmer
    An Amazon of words flowed from Charles Darwin's pen. His books covered the gamut from barnacles to orchids, from geology to domestication. At the same time, he filled notebooks with his ruminations and scribbled thousands of letters packed with observations and speculations on nature. Yet Darwin dedicated only a few words of his great verbal flood to one of the biggest questions in all of biology: how life began.
  • Chemists edge closer to recreating early life

    01/13/2009 10:43:23 PM PST · by gondramB · 79 replies · 1,329+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 09 January 2009
    A test tube based system of chemicals that exhibit life-like qualities such as indefinite self-replication, mutation, and survival of the fittest, has been created by US scientists. The researchers say their perpetually replicating RNA enzymes take us a step closer to understanding the origins of life on Earth, as well as to how life may one day be synthesised in the lab. ---- 'This is the very end of the line, where chemistry starts turning into biology,' says Joyce. 'It's the first case, other than in biology, of molecular information having been immortalised.'
  • Life As We Know It Nearly Created in Lab

    01/11/2009 2:16:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 134 replies · 1,944+ views
    livescience.com ^ | January 11, 2009 | Robert Roy Britt
    One of life's greatest mysteries is how it began. Scientists have pinned it down to roughly this: Some chemical reactions occurred about 4 billion years ago — perhaps in a primordial tidal soup or maybe with help of volcanoes or possibly at the bottom of the sea or between the mica sheets — to create biology. Now scientists have created something in the lab that is tantalizingly close to what might have happened. It's not life, they stress, but it certainly gives the science community a whole new data set to chew on. The researchers, at the Scripps Research Institute,...
  • A simple fusion to jump-start evolution

    12/23/2008 5:00:16 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 21 replies · 655+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | 18-Dec-2008
    With the aid of a straightforward experiment, researchers have provided some clues to one of biology's most complex questions: how ancient organic molecules came together to form the basis of life.
  • What Is Life/Non-life in Nature?

    06/23/2008 3:05:46 PM PDT · by betty boop · 724 replies · 739+ views
    self | June 23, 2008 | Vanity
    What is Life/Non-life in Nature? by Jean F. Drew Everywhere we see the “behavior” of life/non-life (death) in nature; but that doesn’t tell us what life/non-life IS. Darwin’s theory of evolution doesn’t help with this question. It presupposes the existence of life axiomatically, and then proceeds to speak of the origin and evolution of species. Its fundamental assumption is that biological evolution is a wholly naturalistic, material process governed by the laws of physics and chemistry, with random variation and natural selection as the principal drivers of the system. Central to the Darwinist view is that life forms — species...
  • Drudge Flash: The soil on Mars may contain microbial life!

    08/23/2007 9:20:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 93 replies · 2,309+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | 8/23/07 | Drudge
    The soil on Mars may contain microbial life! Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, will declare on Friday the Viking spacecraft may have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface. His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin. That is roughly comparable to biomass levels found in some Antarctic permafrost, home to a range of hardy bacteria and lichen. Developing....
  • Is Intelligent Design Theory Scientific?

    10/01/2006 4:18:53 PM PDT · by RussP · 409 replies · 3,163+ views
    Russ Paielli ^ | 2006-10-01 | Russ Paielli
    ----cut---- The notion that Intelligent Design theory is fundamentally "unscientific" is based on the philosophy originated by Karl Popper (1902-1994), who postulated a set of rules for science known as "Falsificationism." The main idea is that a hypothesis or theory does not qualify as "scientific" unless it is "falsifiable" (which is independent of whether it is actually "true" or "false"). Popper is revered by evolutionists, but certainly even they would agree that we should not blindly accept his word as revealed truth. So let us consider some of the implications of his "falsifiability" criterion. ----cut---- The ultimate irony here is...
  • Some scientists think humans descended from Martian microbes

    04/04/2006 6:13:57 AM PDT · by planetesimal · 126 replies · 1,797+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Monday, April 03, 2006 | Stacey Singer
    Astrobiology sounds like the stuff of lava lamps and Jetsons reruns. Yet seven years after NASA launched a formal astrobiology research program, scientists of every stripe — geologists, biologists, chemists, paleontologists, oceanographers and astronomers — have rallied to the quest. They've spent as much as $65 million a year trying to solve a mystery that has underpinned religion and inspired thinkers from Seneca to Carl Sagan: How did life on the lonely Earth begin? And is Earth really the only source of life in the universe? With the help of modern tools such as the genome, high-powered computer modeling and...
  • Scientists journey towards centre of the Earth to seek out origins of life

    01/16/2006 12:13:55 PM PST · by CarolinaGuitarman · 56 replies · 1,067+ views
    Times Online ^ | 1/16/06 | Leo Lewis
    "THE world’s most technologically advanced exploration ship sails today on a mission that may reveal the origin of life on Earth. The Japanese ship Chikyu intends to drill seven kilometres (4.3 miles) below the sea bed — more than three times deeper than has been done before. It will then raise to the surface a cylinder 1.5m (5ft) long and 15cm wide which could contain science’s first glimpse of a “living” sample of the Earth’s mantle." ---------- "The theory behind the life sciences side of the research is that life may have originated beneath the Earth’s crust at temperatures and...
  • Shaped from clay [origin of life]

    11/04/2005 5:00:06 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 346 replies · 4,069+ views
    Nature Magazine ^ | 03 November 2005 | Philip Ball
    Minerals help molecules thought to have been essential for early life to form. A team of US scientists may have found the 'primordial womb' in which the first life on Earth was incubated. Lynda Williams and colleagues at Arizona State University in Tempe have discovered that certain types of clay mineral convert simple carbon-based molecules to complex ones in conditions mimicking those of hot, wet hydrothermal vents (mini-volcanoes on the sea bed). Such complex molecules would have been essential components of the first cell-like systems on Earth. Having helped such delicate molecules to form, the clays can also protect them...
  • Grow in the Dark

    07/11/2005 8:31:12 AM PDT · by furball4paws · 25 replies · 543+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | June 25, 2005 | N. Moreira
    A group of microbiologist describe a new species of green-sulfur bacteria, that grow by photosynthesis at depths of 2500 meters. Since no sunlight penetrates to that depth, they show that these organisms use faint light emitted from deep sea hydrothermal vents. This light is similar to that produced when an electric burner heats up and glows red. The bacteria also thrive in low oxygen environments.
  • Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life

    07/01/2005 7:10:20 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 157 replies · 1,951+ views
    National Radio Astronomy Observatory ^ | 20 September 2004 | Dave Finley
    Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a frigid reservoir of simple sugar molecules in a cloud of gas and dust some 26,000 light-years away, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discovery suggests how the molecular building blocks necessary for the creation of life could first form in interstellar space. The astronomers detected the 8-atom sugar molecule glycolaldehyde in a gas-and-dust cloud called Sagittarius B2. Such clouds, often many light-years across, are the raw material from which new stars and planets are formed. The astronomers detected the same...
  • Can the Monist View Account for "What Is Life?"

    02/27/2005 12:55:27 PM PST · by betty boop · 377 replies · 3,233+ views
    self | February 27, 2005 | Alamo Girl and betty boop
    Can the Monist View Explain “What Is Life? by Alamo-Girl and betty boop In this article we would like to address the soundness and adequacy of the monist view of reality which conceives of “all that there is” as ultimately reducible to the concept of “matter in its motions.” This view holds that there is no essential difference between living and non-living systems in nature since both ultimately are expressions of the workings of the physical laws and only the physical laws. This insight or expectation leads one to presume that the laws of physics and chemistry are entirely sufficient...
  • The Blind Atheist

    09/01/2003 9:37:41 AM PDT · by Raymond Hendrix · 380 replies · 1,610+ views
    self ^ | September 1, 2003 | Raymond Hendrix
    The Unscientific Root of Atheism(Altamont, Tennessee, USA) A local author claims that intelligent design is a required element in any origin of life hypothesis. In his just published book, The Blind Atheist, Raymond Hendrix points out the difference between scientific possibility and the impossibility of the information-based machinery of life evolving according to the laws of physics. The controversy boils down to the difference between patterns and order in nature and information. Hendrix, whose life experience ranges from the navigation of submarines to commercial pilot, seems to have discovered a fatal flaw in all abiogenesis (the field of science dealing...
  • UV light may have sparked life on Earth

    05/29/2003 4:35:41 PM PDT · by StupidQuestions · 1,327 replies · 668+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | May 28, 2003
    UV light may have sparked life on Earth 18:18 28 May 03 NewScientist.com news service Ultra-violet light, long thought to be an impediment to the early formation of long organic molecules, may in fact hold the key to the origin of life, according to a new study. Intense UV rays from a young Sun bombarded the early Earth and were thought likely to destroy any exposed organic molecules. But a new mathematical model implies the radiation actually helped select out the molecular seeds of life. The earliest life on Earth is widely thought to have been based on RNA, the...
  • Revolutionary New Theory For Origins Of Life On Earth

    12/04/2002 12:23:13 PM PST · by forsnax5 · 79 replies · 727+ views
    UK Royal Society ^ | 12/4/2002 | Professor William Martin, Institut fuer Botanik III, University of Dusseldorf and Dr Michael Russell
    A totally new and highly controversial theory on the origin of life on earth, is set to cause a storm in the science world and has implications for the existence of life on other planets. Research* by Professor William Martin of the University of Dusseldorf and Dr Michael Russell of the Scottish Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow, claims that living systems originated from inorganic incubators - small compartments in iron sulphide rocks. The new theory radically departs from existing perceptions of how life developed and it will be published in Philosophical Transactions B, a learned journal produced by the Royal...