Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Origins of Life

Although it is not a subject that evolutionary theory can address, origin of life questions are fascinating. In a short article appearing in Physicsweb, it is suggested that organic solids may have rained down on the early earth for millions of years, eventually leading to life as we know it. Interesting.


  1. Your comment "Although it is not a subject that evolutionary theory can address, origin of life questions are fascinating," is well stated. I have been teaching 7th grade science in Georgia public schools for 17 years. Evolution is part of the state required curriculum and I teach it. When I do so, I add a caveat which is this: Don't believe something just because someone said it or you read it in a book somewhere. The number of errors in your science textbook are too numerous to count, thus the reason we seldom use it. If there is something you want to know, research it thoroughly from all sides and then make a judgement, don't start with a preconceived notion and do research to prove you are right. Part of scientific research is objectivity and skepticism, and this includes having this attitude towards science itself. "Oh really? Newtonian physics is ALWAYS constant?"
    As far as my own opinion is concerned, I consider myself to be pro-natural selection, on the fence where evolution is concerned (because of the philosophy that always seems to be married to this science, and am dubious of Oparin and Miller's work, because they take the supposition that God does not exist and in no way was involved in the formation of living things.

  2. By the way, I am by no means an expert in any fashion on the aforementioned subject. That's my story and I am sticking to it! (when Jim rips me to shreds, hehe) When asked why I believe it, I shall reply with the statement "Balrogs on level two."

  3. Yes, and you remember Mark Beyer's reaction. "Balrogs at level two? Holy s**t!"