CA77 Since Matter First Writhed: The Mystery of Abiogenesis



Abiogenesis is the process by which life arises from non-living matter. Though life’s origin is an open question, abiogenesis research is a thriving interdisciplinary enterprise. In spite of this, many apologists have argued that it’s unlikely we will ever have a scientific explanation of abiogenesis. Abiogenesis is so improbable on naturalism, they say, that we should be open to supernatural explanations. I argue that abiogenesis is not improbable on naturalism, and also attempt to unravel the numerous errors creationists make when discussing the origins of life.

Astrobiologist Stuart Bartlett on What “Life” Means [Mindscape Podcast]

Astrobiology at NASA – Defining and Detecting Life [NASA]

Darwin’s Warm Little Pond Revisited: From Molecules to the Origin of Life – Hartmut Follmann & Carol Brownson [PubMed]

Michael Russell on Alkaline Hydrothermal Vents [JPL]

Clay may have been birthplace of life on Earth [ScienceDaily]

Michael Russell on Emergent Structures in Nature [YouTube]

Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life’s Components [NASA]

The Origins of Life [GreatCourses]

The Elemental Ingredients of Life are Common [wiki]

Jackson Wheat – A Few Ideas in Abiogenesis Research [YouTube]

The Replicators (Chp. 2 of The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins) [text]

Why Abiogenesis is Impossible – Creation Research Society Quarterly [PDF]

Intelligent Design, Abiogenesis, and Learning from History: A Reply to Stephen Meyer – Dennis R. Venema [PDF]

Peanut Butter – The Atheist’s Worst Nightmare [YouTube]

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“We left the last hint of polar land behind us, and thanked heaven that we were clear of a haunted, accursed realm where life and death, space and time, have made black and blasphemous alliances in the unknown epochs since matter first writhed and swam on the planet’s scarce-cooled crust.”

— H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness


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