Neil Thomas explores some of the cultural influences that primed society to view the leap from non-life to life as easily made.
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.
Stephen Meyer discusses theories, like Kenyon’s, that seek to account for the information in DNA by reference to chemical forces alone.
According to a bedtime story popular with materialists, unguided forces alone can explain the coming into existence of the very first cell.
This brand of scientific ideology requires a “God of the gaps” — Eugene Koonin’s “present model” — to explain away mysteries like the origin of life.