James Tour Video Series on the Origin of Life — Properly Combining Building Blocks
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
What Scientists Fear: Foreword to The Mystery of Life’s Origin
Perhaps scientists fear that acceptance of this conclusion would open the door to the possibility (or the necessity) of a supernatural origin of life.
Bottom-Up Bottoms Out
Materialist attempts to model the construction of hierarchical organization from the bottom up collapse into a heap of unanswered questions.
Michael Behe Gets What He Deserves: a Fair Treatment of His Argument
This week Behe’s Edge of Evolution received a glowing review in The Philadelphia Inquirer by Cameron Wybrow, who writes: Behe’s new book, The Edge of Evolution, provides some hard numbers, coupled with an ingenious argument. The key to determining the exact powers of Darwinian evolution, says Behe, lies with fast-reproducing microbes. Some, such as malaria, HIV, and E. coli, reproduce so quickly that within a few decades, or at most a few millennia, they generate as many mutations as a larger, slower-breeding animal would in millions of years. By observing how far these creatures have evolved in recent times, we can estimate the creative limits of random mutation. It’s worth noting that, unlike certain critics who used their reviews to Read More ›
A Prediction for Artificial Life
Materialists predict they will create “artificial life” in a test tube in the next 3 to 10 years. I have a counter-prediction: They will succeed only by re-defining “artificial” and “life.” For example, “artificial” will cover any human manipulation of an existing organism — so replacing a few genes or enzymes in an already-living cell will count as creating “artificial life.” And “life” will be anything that can undergo “Darwinian evolution” — such as an artificially engineered system of molecules — even though it can be sustained only in a carefully controlled laboratory environment. But a free-living cell? I don’t think so. We are still many years and many discoveries away from understanding the nature of life even in prokaryotes. Read More ›