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Leading Origin of Life Researcher: “Genetic Information More or Less Came out of Nowhere”

Casey Luskin

question.gifEarlier this summer we highlighted Susan Mazur’s reporting about the Altenberg 16 conference, in which Mazur wrote that there are “hundreds of other evolutionary scientists (non-Creationists) who contend that natural selection is politics, not science, and that we are in a quagmire because of staggering commercial investment in a Darwinian industry built on an inadequate theory.” Many Darwinists, needless to say, did not like Mazur’s reporting, and they attacked her harshly. They probably are also not going to like Mazur’s latest article, where she interviews University of California, Santa Cruz origin of life researcher David Deamer. When asking Deamer about the “origin of the gene,” he replied, “I think genetic information more or less came out of nowhere by chance assemblages of short polymers.”

Might I suggest that intelligent design is a better explanation?

Stephen C. Meyer argues in his chapter, “DNA and the Origin of Life: Information, Specification, and Explanation,” in Darwinism, Design and Public Education that, “since experience affirms mind or intelligent design as a necessary condition (and necessary cause) of information, … the specified and complex arrangement of nucleotide sequences–the information–in DNA implies the past action of an intelligence.” (pgs. 265-266) Meyer’s forthcoming book, due out next year, will deal extensively with information, DNA, and the scientific evidence supporting intelligent design in the origin of life.

 

Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.

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