I suspect this challenge will not be widely heeded. Studying these issues will lead researchers toward a conclusion they simply are not willing to accept.
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
“The analogy that comes to mind is a golfer, who having played a ball through an 18-hole course, assumed the ball could also play the course in his absence.”
Mathematician Granville Sewell describes how atheists often argue that scientists cannot appeal to design since they cannot explain the origin of the designer.
Clearly, the questions he and I have discussed are not only of scientific or academic interest, but instead go to the root of life’s meaning and purpose.