10 Of Everything: Origins Of LIFE (The Other 5)

Monkey Evolution

I left off after the 5th. Thus 5 more to go. These aren’t all of the theories, learned reader would say. And I agree,  but it should suffice in the context of the 10 of Everything. Where is E V O L U T I O N, for instance ? It is there, all right. EVOLUTION is there, where it should be, just look at the picture above…

Some suggested to name the topic differently. Say, 10 ALTERNATIVES TO EVOLUTION. I gave it some though and decided against it.  ALTERNATIVE (noun) is defined as one of two or more available possibilities. In this context, each one of the theories DOES NOT ALLOW  other possibilities. These theories (with a few exceptions ) are contradictory and neither one tolerates any alternatives or substitutions.  For most who wholly subscribes to one theory or another, the rest either doesn’t exist or not worthy of discussion.

Six: C O S M I C   A N C E S T R Y – P A N S P E R M I A

Panspermia

panspermia

Cosmic Ancestry is a new theory pertaining to evolution and the origin of life on Earth. It holds that life on Earth was seeded from space, and that life’s evolution to higher forms depends on genetic programs that come from space.

have it on good authority of  this site that  it is a wholly scientific, testable theory for which evidence is accumulating.  Check it out if curious and  look up the promised good evidence of Panspermia. Fun read, actually.

Cosmic Ancestry implies, we find, that life can only descend from ancestors at least as highly evolved as itself. And it means, we believe, that there can be no origin of life from nonbiological matter. Without supernatural intervention, therefore, we conclude that life must have always existed. Although these conclusions cut across the boundaries between science, philosophy, and religion, we believe they are grounded in good evidence.

Seven: M O R P H I C   R E S O N A N C E  

Ernst Haeckel. Vintage Sea Anemones

Ernst Haeckel. Vintage Sea Anemones

Hypothesis of morphic resonance was introduced by English biologist, parapsychologist and author Rupert Sheldrake.

According to his theory of Morphic Resonance, invisible fields give everything a kind of shared memory, including stars and galaxies. Instead of being set in stone, everything from how we look to fundamental laws of physics are just habits we’ve collectively slouched into, like reading popular list-based sites while we’re meant to be working. As time goes on, these habits ‘evolve’ and—before you know it—nature’s given up on dorky stuff like gravity and moved onto something cooler.

Sheldrake sees obstacles to the development of his theories in “militaristic atheism” of mainstream scientific community and general dogmatic, materialistic approach taken by contemporary scientific methods.

Rupert Sheldrake’s TED talk was deemed controversial, and TED have decided to censor it and remove this video from the TED YouTube channel. It was re-uploaded later. This link will take you to it.   The debate about Rupert Sheldrake’s talk created quite a publicity for Sheldrake and his hypothesis.

Eight: P R O G R E S S I V E   C R E A T I O N I S M

Progressive Creationist

“For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” (Psalms 90:4)

Exactly. What is DAY, anyway? Who said that DAY is 24 hours long for GOD, the Creator of it all? The Almighty’s relation to time is altogether different from yours or mine. After all, “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the DAY that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens…” (Genesis 2:4).  “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the DAY that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” (Genesis 2:16-17).

Based on these verses, PC theory argues for an unspecified, long period of time for the creation days.  Day One is roughly estimated to present 1.5 billion years and Day Five is estimated to represent no less than 0.5 billion years. So there.

Nine: P U N C T U A T E D   E Q U I L I B R I U M

человек

Some say it shouldn’t even be named as a separate theory but noted as a contemporaneous adjustment to the theory of evolution. Evolution isn’t a 100% answer because, you see, there isn’t enough fossils in evidence to claim it is.

Transitional life forms are more “temporal”, PE says, thus they haven’t lasted long to leave a trace discernible enough to end up inside the glass cubes in museums. Why? Because the evolutionary process wasn’t as steady a progression as evolutionists would like it to have been. Punctuated Equilibrium explains that evolution was being happening is bursts and leaps. It was, sort of, stumbling over itself, all due to multiple huge changes in global conditions, cataclysmic in their impact on living creatures.

After staying more-or-less the same for gazillions of years, a sudden shift in environment sends a species into Darwinian overdrive. By the time things settle down some fifty thousand years later, only the ‘fittest’ have survived and it’s their evolved descendants who get to hang around for another million years and turn up in the fossil record.

More on Punctuated Equilibrium here.

Ten: C R E A T I O N I S M

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Nice picture, isn’t it? This must be how Earth looked like in the sunset on Friday, the First year of Our Lord, 5772 years ago.

It was the end of the Sixth Day of Creation. The Almighty took a break and  said, “Wow! I’ve done it.”

 Finis coronat opus, as they would be saying when the Almighty sees to it that Latin is spoken in some parts of the Earth He created.

Satan: “And what a piece of art this opus was! What an enormous undertaking, given that the Almighty God is no workaholic. In His entire everlasting life, He put up only six days of honest-to-God work.  On the Day Six, he whipped up a handful of clay and used some sort of makeshift tube to squeeze out Adam. Had anyone seen Him working since? Had anyone seen Him since?”

Archangel Gabriel: “There is a positive aspect in all of this. Nowadays, mortals are reproducing on their own now. The genetic vacuum is beginning to fill up.  Have you noticed that these days people resemble their own fathers more than their Divine Father?”

Archangel Uriel: “Frankly, I don’t remember what their Divine Father looks like.”

Archangel Gabriel: “You should remember Adam.  That’s how God would look like if He were life-sized.”  

Archangel Uriel, shaking his head:  “No, I can’t say I do.  I’ve never seen Adam either.”

Satan: “Don’t get too upset, my boy.  Adam is misremembered by most, when he is remembered at all. Personally, I misremember Adam as a malformed, snotty-nosed homunculus, slouching around in dreadlocks, hoe in hand.” 

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5 comments on “10 Of Everything: Origins Of LIFE (The Other 5)

  1. This might as well serve as a detailed footnote to my post. It came from a friend of mine who never comments in this blog but has plenty of great stuff to say on many subjects I touch upon in some of my more ambitious posts.

    I assume, my friend has never played the game of skakalochka in his life — such game wasn’t introduced into his ethnic sliver of humanity. However, in spite of this adversity, he grew up learned erudite. The comments were written after the first installment of “10 Of Everything” and he foreshadows some topics in the second installment.
    This is what he has to say:
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    The Scientologists’ ‘theory’ of where ‘life came from’ doesn’t even do that since it pre-supposes the existence of a whole pan-galactic civilization, so that hardly ‘explains’ where that came from. All it really purports to do is explain where human ‘souls’ came from, why we have problems, and how to get rid of those annoying body thetans. All delightfully ‘explained’ by that bubbling font of cosmic wisdom, Tom Cruise (don’t mess with Tommy, he’s an OT-7 and he could wink you outta existence with just an errant thought!)

    Making everything that exists (but not out of ‘nothing’) is of course Platonism (as well as it’s descendant belief systems, Neoplatonism and Gnosticism.) In the Platonic Creation Story, the Demiurge creates the material world after a suitably tortured recipe of indirections that allow plausible deniability for the Godhead from having anything to do with the material world and all the bad things in it (this is what all the ’emanations’ are for in these belief systems in my opinion, they’re all about trying to finesse the so-called Problem of Evil, to wit – how could a completely good, perfect and complete God have anything to do with the low material world where we perceive evil? Answer: God ain’t got nuthin’ to do with this mess, its all the Demiurge’s fault!)

    I’m hoping that one of your remaining ‘where life came from’ theories includes the Deist picture, please do tell in your next post.

    I’m also hoping for turtles, especially the theories where they go all the way down. 😉

    But, seriously, there’s the idea of Panspermia, which may or may not be part of the explanation of where terrestrial life arose from. Certainly, we’ve found certain amino acids (and more?) in some samples/observations of comet dust/asteroids/meteorites/etc. But amino acids by themselves do not a life make, those are just the rungs on the ladder of life DNA/RNA. So, where’d the whole ladder come from? Frankly, we don’t really know at this time. We might never know. Or, we might figure it out. Quien Sabe? Look up the ‘RNA World’ theory of abiogenesis. Look up the possible effects that clays might have had in aligning the molecules that preceded life (simple organic compounds like lipids are hydrophobic, meaning they ‘want’ to avoid water, so they align – they’re polar molecules… get enough of those and you can form vesicles of collections of such compounds within a larger body of water, this is a key step as it segregates the ‘inside’ from the ‘outside’, the vital step on the way to a structure like a cell. But who knows? And, combine that with the larger question, given that ‘life’ as we know it consists of implementing two distinct functions, replication and metabolism (i.e. energy production to drive the damn thing), then which came first and how can you have the one w/o the other? These are unanswered questions. Frankly, we know far more about the later stages of evolution (and I’m still talking the evolution of single-celled organisms when I say that.) We know with near certainty that the organelles that exist in most cell are there as a result of a process called endosymbiosis (the engulfing of one kind of simple organism by another w/o consuming the engulfee.) That’s where mitochondria and chloroplasts came from, among other organelles. But, even with the theory of endosymbiosis, that doesn’t explain the step from pre-biotic to biotic chemistry. We can see plausible sounding ideas, but we’re not there yet.

  2. This collection of 10 “theories” requires clarification. The scientific theory of evolution (unlike scientology) is not about “origins of life”, but its progression from simpler to more complex (or better adapted) life-forms. Darwin called his treatise “The Origin of species” (not “Origin of life”) in that sense only.
    The basic principles of evolution are well established; they make up a cornerstone of modern biology (though some details are being further developed, e.g. “Punctuated equilibrium”).
    Another topic – the “origin of life from inorganic matter” is far less certain, and a subject by active current research. There are several competing hypotheses (less than 10). In some of them the basic primordial Earth chemistry can produce organic molecules (under certain conditions) confirmed by experiments. In that scenario the sole role of “intelligent designer” (better lab assistant) is to shake well and stir chemical vats.
    Another competing hypothesis came from observations of complex organic materials in some meteors. It indicate their “extra terrestrial origin, and a possibility that life could be quite common in many parts of universe.

  3. To lighten up the mood of this discussion, here is the anecdote:
    Customer says to the tailor: ” What took you so long? You worked on my trousers for nearly a month! God created the whole World in 6 days!”
    Tailor: “Can you compare this miserable world that God created to these trousers? My creation is perfection!”

  4. I hate to offend you but your disbelief in evoultion is incorrect. We don’t need fossils to prove evoultion because of things like DNA, micro evolution experiments, etc! If you continue to beg to see fossils as the only evidence then we have plenty of transition fossils to quench your thirst!

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