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Origin of life: Early cells were a mess but somehow survived via redundancy?

In “How the first life on Earth struggled to survive” (MSNBC.com, April 19, 2012), Charles Choi explains,

The earliest cells were unstable chemical systems that survived by combining a handful of shaky carbon-based assemblies together, researchers say.

If that’s true, life should be bustin’ out all over, spontaneous generation style. Yet it never is.

“It seems likely that the earliest cells were rickety assemblies whose parts were constantly malfunctioning and breaking down,” said researcher Eric Smith, a physicist at the Santa Fe Institute. “How can any metabolism be sustained with such shaky support? The key is concurrent and constant redundancy.”

But wouldn’t the errors be redundant as well? This theory maybe works if you suppose that hits matter and misses don’t.

In other words, free lunch.

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4 Responses to Origin of life: Early cells were a mess but somehow survived via redundancy?

  1. semi OT: recently loaded Don Johnson video

    Programming of Life and its Prerequisites – Don Johnson – video
    This presentation reviews the cell’s computers & computer programs, including computer, coding systems, & algorithmic requirements. The information questions unanswered as yet by science are highlighted.
    http://vimeo.com/38531934

  2. Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? – Oct. 2009
    Excerpt: “There is no doubt that the progenitor of all life on Earth, the common ancestor, possessed DNA, RNA and proteins, a universal genetic code, ribosomes (the protein-building factories), ATP and a proton-powered enzyme for making ATP. The detailed mechanisms for reading off DNA and converting genes into proteins were also in place. In short, then, the last common ancestor of all life looks pretty much like a modern cell.”
    http://www.newscientist.com/ar.....-rock.html

    Moreover, we now have evidence for photosynthetic life suddenly appearing on earth, as soon as water appeared on the earth, in the oldest sedimentary rocks ever found on earth.

    U-rich Archaean sea-floor sediments from Greenland – indications of +3700 Ma oxygenic photosynthesis (2003)
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2004E&PSL.217..237R

    The Sudden Appearance Of Photosynthetic Life On Earth – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4262918

    Moreover, photosynthesis utilizes ‘spooky’ quantum coherence;

    “Spooky” Non-Local Quantum Coherence In Photosynthesis – video with notes in description
    http://vimeo.com/30235178

    Further notes that argue against a ‘simple’ Origin of Life:

    Life – Its Sudden Origin and Extreme Complexity – Dr. Fazale Rana – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4287513

    When Did Life First Appear on Earth? – Fazale Rana – December 2010
    Excerpt: The primary evidence for 3.8 billion-year-old life consists of carbonaceous deposits, such as graphite, found in rock formations in western Greenland. These deposits display an enrichment of the carbon-12 isotope. Other chemical signatures from these formations that have been interpreted as biological remnants include uranium/thorium fractionation and banded iron formations. Recently, a team from Australia argued that the dolomite in these formations also reflects biological activity, specifically that of sulfate-reducing bacteria.
    http://www.reasons.org/when-di.....pear-earth

    Moreover the first DNA code of life on earth had to be at least as complex as the current DNA code found in life:

    Shannon Information – Channel Capacity – Perry Marshall – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5457552/

    “Because of Shannon channel capacity that previous (first) codon alphabet had to be at least as complex as the current codon alphabet (DNA code), otherwise transferring the information from the simpler alphabet into the current alphabet would have been mathematically impossible”
    Donald E. Johnson – Bioinformatics: The Information in Life

    Biophysicist Hubert Yockey determined that natural selection would have to explore 1.40 x 10^70 different genetic codes to discover the optimal universal genetic code that is found in nature. The maximum amount of time available for it to originate is 6.3 x 10^15 seconds. Natural selection would have to evaluate roughly 10^55 codes per second to find the one that is optimal. Put simply, natural selection lacks the time necessary to find the optimal universal genetic code we find in nature. (Fazale Rana, -The Cell’s Design – 2008 – page 177)

    A Critique of Douglas Theobald’s – “29 Evidences for Macroevolution” by Ashby Camp
    Excerpt: There is yet another reason that the universality of the genetic code is not strong evidence for evolution. Simply put, the theory of evolution does not predict the genetic code to be universal (it does not, for that matter, predict the genetic code at all). In fact, leading evolutionists such as Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel are surprised that there aren’t multiple codes in nature.
    - Biophysicist Cornelius G. Hunter
    http://www.trueorigin.org/theobald1b.asp

    But as always, if they truly believe the first life was simple, and have actual evidence to that effect as to explain exactly how it happened, there awaits a one million dollar prize for them:

    Description of the Prize
    http://lifeorigin.info/

    Verse and Music

    John 1:4-5
    In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

    Evanescence – My Heart Is Broken
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1QGnq9jUU0

  3. Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? – Oct. 2009
    Excerpt: “There is no doubt that the progenitor of all life on Earth, the common ancestor, possessed DNA, RNA and proteins, a universal genetic code, ribosomes (the protein-building factories), ATP and a proton-powered enzyme for making ATP. The detailed mechanisms for reading off DNA and converting genes into proteins were also in place. In short, then, the last common ancestor of all life looks pretty much like a modern cell.”
    http://www.newscientist.com/ar.....-rock.html

    Moreover, we now have evidence for photosynthetic life suddenly appearing on earth, as soon as water appeared on the earth, in the oldest sedimentary rocks ever found on earth.

    U-rich Archaean sea-floor sediments from Greenland – indications of +3700 Ma oxygenic photosynthesis (2003)
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2004E&PSL.217..237R

    The Sudden Appearance Of Photosynthetic Life On Earth – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4262918

    Moreover, photosynthesis utilizes ‘spooky’ quantum coherence;

    “Spooky” Non-Local Quantum Coherence In Photosynthesis – video with notes in description
    http://vimeo.com/30235178

    Further notes that argue against a ‘simple’ Origin of Life:

    Life – Its Sudden Origin and Extreme Complexity – Dr. Fazale Rana – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4287513

    When Did Life First Appear on Earth? – Fazale Rana – December 2010
    Excerpt: The primary evidence for 3.8 billion-year-old life consists of carbonaceous deposits, such as graphite, found in rock formations in western Greenland. These deposits display an enrichment of the carbon-12 isotope. Other chemical signatures from these formations that have been interpreted as biological remnants include uranium/thorium fractionation and banded iron formations. Recently, a team from Australia argued that the dolomite in these formations also reflects biological activity, specifically that of sulfate-reducing bacteria.
    http://www.reasons.org/when-di.....pear-earth

    Moreover the first DNA code of life on earth had to be at least as complex as the current DNA code found in life:

    Shannon Information – Channel Capacity – Perry Marshall – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5457552/

    “Because of Shannon channel capacity that previous (first) codon alphabet had to be at least as complex as the current codon alphabet (DNA code), otherwise transferring the information from the simpler alphabet into the current alphabet would have been mathematically impossible”
    Donald E. Johnson – Bioinformatics: The Information in Life

    Biophysicist Hubert Yockey determined that natural selection would have to explore 1.40 x 10^70 different genetic codes to discover the optimal universal genetic code that is found in nature. The maximum amount of time available for it to originate is 6.3 x 10^15 seconds. Natural selection would have to evaluate roughly 10^55 codes per second to find the one that is optimal. Put simply, natural selection lacks the time necessary to find the optimal universal genetic code we find in nature. (Fazale Rana, -The Cell’s Design – 2008 – page 177)

    A Critique of Douglas Theobald’s – “29 Evidences for Macroevolution” by Ashby Camp
    Excerpt: There is yet another reason that the universality of the genetic code is not strong evidence for evolution. Simply put, the theory of evolution does not predict the genetic code to be universal (it does not, for that matter, predict the genetic code at all). In fact, leading evolutionists such as Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel are surprised that there aren’t multiple codes in nature.
    - Biophysicist Cornelius G. Hunter

    But as always, if they truly believe the first life was simple, and have actual evidence to that effect as to explain exactly how it happened, there awaits a one million dollar prize for them:

    Description of the Prize
    http://lifeorigin.info/

    Verse and Music

    John 1:4-5
    In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

    Evanescence – My Heart Is Broken
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1QGnq9jUU0

  4. Alchemy. Unguided non-intelligent emergence theories cannot really account for meaning.

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