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Complexity and the origin of life

The Institute for Creation Research has been around for a long time, still doing a great job after all these years.  Their feature article for today (2/5/12) discusses a question that continually begs for attention: How did life get started in the first place?

The jump from molecules life is, not least, a vast leap from soupy crud to a level of sophistication that the brightest minds cannot grasp.  But even that doesn’t quite cover it.  There is also conceptual gap.  Does life consist merely in a sufficiently complicated arrangement of atoms?  Or to ask the same question another way, if we had all the right atoms assembled in the right order, would the assembly be alive, or would something else have to be done to animate it?

Speaking strictly from what people have observed, we would have to say that no such arrangement of chemical substances as ever been seen spontaneously becoming vivified merely by being sorted into the correct order (with the necessary pressure, temperature, absence of radiation, etc.).  Indeed, the word correct should probably be in quotes to indicate that we don’t know whether such an arrangement is possible.  Maybe life is more than a mere chemical process, so picking an advantageous permutation of atoms does nothing more than create the possibility of carrying something imparted from outside itself.

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