largely neglected in much of the published work on the chemical
origins of life. The possible implications of such an omission merit
nearer to a solution today than we were thirty years ago.
biologically significant. Until such evidence is forthcoming one certainly
cannot claim that the possibility of a naturalistic origin of life
has been demonstrated.
the author's conclusion that it is fundamentally implausible that
unaesisted matter and energy organized themselves into living systems.
would open the door to the possibility (or the necessity) of a
supernatural origin of life. Faced with this prospect many investigators
than we like to think.
Postscript. I have a present for those who are unaware: Pomplamoose! Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte were both posting internet music videos and have now joined forces making VideoSongs. You may recognize them from the new Hyundai commercials that have just begun playing?
What Nataly and Jack do is part of a new trend away from Indie label albums to direct interaction and purchases between listeners and artists.
I had a bug that was passed to me by one of my sons and it hit the whole family so NO ONE went to church this morning. Weird. Therefore I think I am going to ramble for awhile. Skip to the scientific language in the black print at the bottom if you do not want to listen to me ramble on about the family.
Me, I am a singer and songwriter with a long amateur career in churches and a short professional career, but my mom was a professional singer and musician for several decades and we are related to Hoagy Carmichael, the guy who played 'Cricket' in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT and wrote a huge number of songs, including Stardust and Mississippi Mud and Georgia On My Mind. I only wrote one complete song with all the words and all the music all by myself that was ever performed onstage although I contributed words and some music to a few songs that no doubt have not been player or sung for decades, dating from way back....except now and then I might sing part of one of them in the shower or while I am messing around with rearranging stuff. Once I became a Christian I focused on music in church environments and I know that was the wise choice. My mom and I are both better singers than Hoagy was but didn't have a fraction of his songwriting and piano-playing talents so singing and harmonizing became what I do or did, as I am on hiatus from even church singing right now. My wife's nephews Matt and Owen Sartori did become successful rock musicians, with bands that made albums like Push and A Band Called Delicious and then Owen made a couple of albums under his own name. So you see that my family is very art and music oriented and not just into geeky stuff like information and science.
Also I am a fantasy sports enthusiast and have a big pile of internet trophies for finishing in the top three of various football, baseball and basketball leagues, many of which are championships. It is more fun belonging to a fantasy site like the Fantasy Lounge because you can match up against the best players from around the world and get top-quality competition. A few of the FL guys are professional writers for sports sites or writing official team blogs for professional sports teams. One league I love is the Battle of the Sports Forums, where the top four competitors from each sports site compete in basketball each year and four sites are involved. Whichever site does worst overall is dropped from the competition and the winner hosts the next year's event and invites a new site to join in. I think we won three years ago so two years ago I was the commissioner and finished second personally but Rotokingdom won the overall title so they hosted it this year.
We own and love dogs and my mother-in-law and her friend co-own a professsional kennel and used to show dogs and rack up awards for them, allowing them to put the "Ch. " as a preface to the names of the dogs that they bred and sold to other kennels and private owners. We also keep tropical fish and have a parakeet.
Our oldest children are all talented singer, the youngest is an artisan and the second-youngest is an artist. My wife is an artist in all sorts of media - she sculpts, paints, draws, does fantastic pumpkin carvings, makes jewelry and painted eggs, just all sorts of stuff. If she wanted to do it she could concentrate on making jewelry to sell on the internet and bring in some bucks but for now she does it for fun and to give away to people.
My wife and I are also Bible brains, in that we love to study the Bible and understand it so that we can interpret the prophetic sections properly and glean the wisdom from the words. We believe that the ultimate quality of life has little to do with the stuff you have and the money you have and a great deal to do with the quality of your character and the character of your children and grandchildren and friends. It is all about relationships with God and others and the proper application of Biblical teachings to daily life. The Bible isn't a book you read once and boom, you have got it! It is a book that challenges you for a lifetime in that there is more and more understanding and wisdom to be gleaned if you are able. Only those who have come to a relationship with God by faith can get the most out of that book but there is readily understood wisdom for anyone there as well.
I have some severe health challenges from various accidents but I could be a lot better off if I could find a better way to control my weight. Even being on a very strict diet, the limitations on my ability to exercise and some of the drugs I take keep me from losing weight quickly. I get frustrated often because of this. I have to be disciplined even during Thanksgiving, when everyone else is munching down all sorts of turkey and dressing and pies. I did not have even one candy bar at Halloween. Nevertheless I am still fat and cannot yet even play tennis or volleyball or even fly (no flying until my leg is cleared for flight, high altitude might awaken the possible MRSA colony 'sleeping' within it. No one is certain how to determine this, but if I lose a great deal of weight the doctor will sign off). I probably eat less than you do. Eventually that will pay off.
I believe God wants me to write this blog so I write it. I always turn down offers to write for pay (not that I am inundated, I think I have had three offers in the last three years so I am not a hot commodity and all three were part-time offers) so I am free to do this blog, which makes me zero dollars. Therefore I am only answerable to one Editor and He doesn't bother to correct my grammatical mistakes. I am also free to discuss what I will. No one is there to tell me that I am being too politically incorrect (my wife sometimes points out a flaw in my presentation, like getting the Sarfati videos out of order a few days ago) and frankly being politically correct is usually a very bad idea, since being politically correct more often than not involves being morally incorrect.
The point is, we are people, we are eclectic and kind of weird. We like good books and music and interesting subjects. We decorate for Christmas. We have cool arrangements of bushes and trees and flowers in our yard. We have a son who makes butterfly knives from pieces of scrap metal and broken tools. We have a son who taught the Afghani Militia in Kabul in basic police and crowd control tactics. We have a daughter who was an All-State Choir Soprano and a son who starred in his college choir and was the lead in two musicals. I have two nieces who are so musically gifted they play in orchestras and give music lessons while they are still in high school. (My sister and her husband live in California, darn it, and we cannot go visit until I am cleared to fly. Obviously they are awesome parents to have such talented and wonderful girls!) We are smart people and we are funny people and we are ordinary people who make good neighbors and don't cause trouble. We are Christians and we are not going to sit quietly and do nothing while Darwinist propagandists try to brainwash the children of America with Scientism that is not bulwarked by evidence.
You see, evidence is not interested in the results of court cases or what your worldview might be. Evidence simply IS. A real scientist applies logical reasoning to the evidence that he gathers and then makes decisions about that evidence. No one can take a time machine back to the beginning of life to prove that God made all living things. But the evidence is so completely on the side of intelligent design that Darwinists have to do backflips to run away from the logical conclusions drawn from the evidence. Life doesn't appear designed by chance, it appears to be designed and therefore logic says it was designed. The sedimentary rock layers appear to be a result of a world-wide flood. Fossils appear to all be complete organisms fully functional. A deep look within the operations of cells show us that cells are biological machines, very complex and very orderly, so why do scientists hide their eyes to the obvious conclusions? I say it is because they prefer to live a lie than to acknowledge a Creator God. I say that they fear a Creator God because that means that there are moral absolutes, there are purposes for every life and responsibilities as well. I say they fear the truth because they do not wish to consider a life that makes them accountable to a Creator God.