Category: Origin Of Life

Emergence of Life – New University of Illinois Online Course

One of the wonderful things about the internet is the jaw-dropping amount of information available – literally at our fingertips.  Never before in history has the common individual had so much knowledge and experience and expertise available for the learning.  To be sure, there is plenty on the internet that is incomplete, wrong, or downright […] more

Life arose from chemical imbalances?

Acceptance of free-floating speculation for decades on end as “science” for no other reason than that it is naturalist is harmful to the concept of science more

Remember the “undersea volcanic vents” origin of life?

Origin of life is a problem in the origin of huge amounts of information and looking for a way it happened due to some fluke has always been a waste of time. more

Origin of life: A problem in the origin of information

Software engineer Arminius Mignea’s specifications for a simplest self-replicator in Engineering and the Ultimate would be a useful read. more

Enceladus: ET life researchers, talk to OOL researchers!

To export all the OOL problems to Enceladus on the basis of the mere possibility of liquid water testifies to the strength of desire, not the power of reason. more

Life in the lab: An engineer’s perspective

The time saved from no longer bothering with the vastly improbable would result in more energy and creativity, which will surely result in learning more. more

Origin of life: Bacteria more like people than like amino acids

because they already have system properties more

Thinking Upside Down – The Abiogenesis Paradigm

Not too many months ago I ran across Richard Dawkins’ statement that life got its start when, somehow, on the early Earth a self-replicating molecule formed.  I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  I had read the quote before, and he has repeated the idea in various writings and interviews, but after having studied […] more

“In the Beginning Were the Particles” – Thoughts on Abiogenesis

Recently we have been discussing Dr. Sewell’s thermodynamics-related paper/video on this thread.  In addition to some excellent discussion on the Second Law, the question of abiogenesis has naturally arisen.  Though related to the Second Law issue (by way of the compensation argument), I would like to move discussion of the abiogenesis question to this new […] more

Microbial mats show fossil structures from 3.5 billion years ago

Evidence suggests that the ancient biofilms behaved like modern microbes. more

Origin of life studies would be classed as pseudoscience …

… except that they support naturalism (materialism) more

Life in the lab: One model for a simplest self-replicator

Can such a system be produced in a lab? That is a question like “Is the Mars Rover feasible?” more

Origin of life: How to bring the naturalistic pseudoscience to an end

These guesstimates for origin of life only escape dismissal as pseudoscience because all the nonsense happens to be naturalistic. Okay, so why should naturalism provide such protection? more

Rob Sheldon: Origin of life as an information-concentrating event

When two subsystems that were highly designed but not yet autonomous, were combined to make an autonomous system. It’s the way we make automobiles, watches, jet airplanes, etc. It is the way a designer works. more

Physicist Rob Sheldon thinks extraterrestrial origin of life is unfairly dismissed

It better accords with available time frames. It’s too bad the whole subject got mixed up with unrelated claims about space aliens. more

Origin of life: Why Alzheimer world (noted yesterday) won’t work

DeWitt: Breaking a bond does not really help for the origin of life because you need to MAKE bonds not just break them. more

New Scientist: Researcher suggests molecules like Alzheimer plaques may have powered early life

No surprise that science writer Colin Barras observes that origin of life is “a highly polarised field of research.” Most fields have only two poles, not twenty. more

Origin of life: New model pictures early life as fuel cells

Researcher: It may seem unusual to consider geology, involving inanimate rocks and minerals, as being alive. But what is life? more

Forget origin of life problem, it turns out nothing is “truly alive”

Science writer: There is no precise threshold. more

Origin of life problem solved!

Deafness is a pretty radical solution so try selective deafness instead. more

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