The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories

The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories [EPUB] ✻ The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories By Charles B. Thaxton – Thomashillier.co.uk A seminal work for the theory of intelligent design, this book provides a scientific critique of the prevailing paradigmatic theories of chemical evolution The authors include Discovery Institute fell of Life's PDF/EPUB Á A seminal work for the theory of intelligent design, this book provides a scientific critique of The Mystery Epub / the prevailing paradigmatic theories of chemical evolution The authors include Discovery Institute fellows Charles Thaxton and Walter Mystery of Life's MOBI í Bradley, and they conclude that the prebiotic soup from which the first cell supposedly arose is a myth The Miller Urey experiments employed an unrealistic gas mixture, and there is no geological evidence for its existence in Earth s distant past The soup faces a myriad of other problems, such as inevitable rapid destruction at the hands of radiationThe authors also take aim at the dominant paradigm for chemical evolution using technical arguments from thermodynamics The second law of thermodynamics has been misused by creationists who failed to treat the fact that Earth is an open system But Thaxton, Bradley, and Olsen takes this point into account as they argue that thermodynamics is eminently applicable to assessing whether unguided chemical reactions can organize matter into life Their conclusion is that natural laws cannot account for the encoded specified complexity inherent in biomoleculesThe epilogue looks forward to other possible explanations for the origin of life The book was published inwhen the United States was immersed in debate over Genesis based creationism Yet these authors take a different approach that is ahead of its time They recognize that science requires an observation based understanding of cause and effect relationships Thus they set aside biblical arguments and focus instead on observations about the natural world and intelligence After demonstrating that various undirected causes lack the power to produce complex information, they note, We have observational evidence in the present that intelligent investigators can and do build contrivances to channel energy down nonrandom chemical pathways to bring about some complex chemical synthesis, even gene building The authors then pose a simple question May not the principle of uniformity suggest that DNA had an intelligent cause at the beginningA valuable summary of the evidence against the chemical evolution of life out of non living matter It presents a very well thought out and clearly written analysis of the alternatives to the accepted scientific theory of the origin of lifeRobert Jastrow, Founder and Former Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies of NASA, author of several acclaimed books including God and The AstronomersThe authors have made an important contribution to the origin of life field Many workers in this area believe that an adequate scientific explanation for the beginning of life on Earth has already been made Their point of view has been widely disseminated in texts and the media, and to a large extent, has been accepted by the public This new work brings together the major scientific arguments that demonstrate the inadequacy of current theories Although I do not share the final philosophical conclusion that the authors reach, I welcome their contribution It will help to clarify our thinking I would recommend this book to everyone with a scientific background and interest in the origin of lifeRobert Shapiro, Professor of Chemistry at New York University, and co author of Life Beyond EarthArguments are cogent, original and compelling The authors believe, and I now concur, that there is a fundamental flaw in all current theories of the chemical origins of lifeDean H Kenyon, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, and co author of Biochemical Predestination.


10 thoughts on “The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories

  1. Heather Heather says:

    I just re read this book for a talk that I am giving on chemical origins Mystery of Life s Origins is one of those quintessential books that anyone who studies intelligent design must read I first read it during my internship at Probe before graduate school Essentially, this books discusses all of the problems with the theory of chemical origins Although it was published in the 1980 s these are the same issues that keep coming up in current prebiotic or chemical evolution literature.I gave t I just re read this book for a talk that I am giving on chemical origins Mystery of Life s Origins is one of those quintessential books that anyone who studies intelligent design must read I first read it during my internship at Probe before graduate school Essentially, this books discusses all of the problems with the theory of chemical origins Although it was published in the 1980 s these are the same issues that keep coming up in current prebiotic or chemical evolution literature.I gave this book a good rating, but with one caveat It is a little heavy on the chemistry There are reaction mechanisms and three chapters on thermodynamics While I find such subjects interesting, I would direct the non scientist to read the section on chemical origins in Design of Life


  2. L.S. L.S. says:

    Originea vietii din supa prebiotica este pusa la indoiala de reactii mixte interferente imposibilitatea dovedirii faptului ca protocelulele ipotetice au o legatura cu adevarata origine istorica a celulelor preferinta in materia vie a izomerilor optici levogiri in aminoacizi si zaharuri D in acizii nucelici originea informatiei genetice semificative dpdv biologic in biopolimeri neplauzibilitatea autoorganizarii spontane a materiei si a neregiei in ansambluri vii dificultatea de a identific Originea vietii din supa prebiotica este pusa la indoiala de reactii mixte interferente imposibilitatea dovedirii faptului ca protocelulele ipotetice au o legatura cu adevarata origine istorica a celulelor preferinta in materia vie a izomerilor optici levogiri in aminoacizi si zaharuri D in acizii nucelici originea informatiei genetice semificative dpdv biologic in biopolimeri neplauzibilitatea autoorganizarii spontane a materiei si a neregiei in ansambluri vii dificultatea de a identifica adevaratele conditii geochimice de pe pamantul prebiotic cu toata disponibilitatea energiei UV din radiatia solara, majoritatea constituentilor atmosferei primare absorb lumina solara cu lungimi de unda mai mici de 2000 de angstromi, dar numai o mica parte a energiei are asemenea lungime, 0,015% in oceane va domina rata de diluare, astfel in cat concentratiile ingredientelor din supa prebiotica este nesemnificativa dpdv al evolutiei chimice energia individual nu este suficienta pentru a creste starea de complexitate a unui sistem, este nevoie de un mecanism care pana in momentul de fata lipseste constituentii atmosferei primare ar fi fost distrusi de radiatia solara metanul, monoxidul de carbon, azotul, hidrogenul sulfurat sursa de energie nu trebuie sa existe din abundenta ci sa fie eficienta procese distructive si substante esentiale ar fi fost indepartate in conditiile postulate de teoria supei prebiotice NU EXISTA DOVEZI GEOLOGICE PENTRU ASA NUMITA SUPA PREBIOTICA, acestea trebuind sa fie abundente data fiind existenta supei pe toata fata oceanului planetar datele arata ca daca atmosfera primitiva ar fi fost puternic reducatoare ea ar fi avut o viata deosebit de scurta mai degraba atmosfera primitiva a fost una oxidanta, ceea ce face ca aparitia vietii din non viata sa fie imposibilia mai mult, daca oxigenul nu ar fi fost prezent dupa aparitia vietii, aceasta viata nu s ar fi putut dezvolta oxigenul molecular liber trebuia sa fie foarte putin pt ca evolutia chimica sa aiba loc exista dovezi ale interferentei exogene exterioare aranjamentul energiei in univers nu este aleator molecule importante pentru sistemele vii au o energie mai mare decat precursorii lor, astfel incat termodinamica postuleaza ca acestea nu se vor forma in mod spontan existenta energiei nu garanteaza formarea si mentinerea sistemelor vii semnificatia ADN ului este exterioara succesiunii de litere nu exista niciun model rezonabil pentru explicarea formarii membranelor celulare macromoleculele aperiodice contin multa informatie, pe cand cristalele au doar o structura ordonata repetitiva saraca in informatie rolul intamplarii in originea vietii este supralicitat si nefondat chiar daca un sistem viu s ar forma prin aport de masa si energie, nemijlocit, nu este o explicatie suficienta pentru explicarea complexitatii vietii cum a fost directionata energia pentru a se forma informatie noua cocervatele nu sunt unitati care se autoorganizeaza si nu contin regularitati structurale sau procese metabolice caracteristice viului, ele fiind in conditii manipulate evolutia chimica nu e o ipoteza falsificabila conditiile statistice si termodinamice nu pot fi la ora actuala reconciliate cu formarea vietii din nonviata presupunerile si deductiile sunt luate uneori drept observatii stiintifice directe


  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    The authors are distinguished scientists holding advanced degrees in chemistry, materials science, and geochemistry This book clearly reflects that, and if you ve not studied any of these sciences, a primer is in order They thoroughly rebut Miller s infamous experiment which supposedly proved life can come from nonliving matter This book explores the hypothesis of chemical evolution and what conditions would be required, as well as what conditions probably were like on the Earth prior to sent The authors are distinguished scientists holding advanced degrees in chemistry, materials science, and geochemistry This book clearly reflects that, and if you ve not studied any of these sciences, a primer is in order They thoroughly rebut Miller s infamous experiment which supposedly proved life can come from nonliving matter This book explores the hypothesis of chemical evolution and what conditions would be required, as well as what conditions probably were like on the Earth prior to sentient life developing Darwin s point about wanting a warm little pond in which evolution would take place is delved into in the chapter The Myth of the Prebiotic Soup Whether you believe in evolution, creation, or creationism, this book is a must read for anyone with an interest in science


  4. Jeffrey Backlin Jeffrey Backlin says:

    A good scientific introduction into the problem of the origin of life.


  5. Vitilo Vitilo says:

    I want to read this book.


  6. Damon Damon says:

    An exhaustive assessment that answers and poses crucial answers and investigations into the nature of life A classic and a must read.


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