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Was life on Earth inevitable?

Posted on Thursday, 16 November, 2006 | Comment icon 11 comments


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"The appearance of life on Earth seems to face so many obstacles — sourcing the right ingredients, for example, and arranging them into living things (while being bombarded by meteorites) — that scientists often feel forced to regard it as almost miraculous."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by IamsSon on 16 November, 2006, 15:08
So, basically, since they have absolutely no way of proving how life could occur by chance, and mathematically the probabilities of it occuring show it to be impossible, scientists are now simply changing the rules and saying, it had to happen because the environment was DESIGNED to harbor life, so of course life occured. I would venture to say that if one seriously applied Occam's Razor to this new idea, one would find the simplest answer is that life occured because God willed it to.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Leonardo on 16 November, 2006, 15:13
There is no conflict here between science and God. You could simply take the view that "Ok, conditions here made life inevitable, but what decided those conditions?" Hey presto! You still have a case for God Science is not trying to replace God. If you accept the Bible may not be literally true but an allegory mixed with some historical fiction and non-fiction then there can be no chance of ever disproving God. If science moves the goal posts then religion can just move them back again just a little bit further.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ravinar on 16 November, 2006, 17:25
So, basically, since they have absolutely no way of proving how life could occur by chance, and mathematically the probabilities of it occuring show it to be impossible, scientists are now simply changing the rules and saying, it had to happen because the environment was DESIGNED to harbor life, so of course life occured. I would venture to say that if one seriously applied Occam's Razor to this new idea, one would find the simplest answer is that life occured because God willed it to. well thats a short sighted view. just because science doesn't know the answer now dose not mean we will never... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Raptor X7 on 16 November, 2006, 18:42
So, basically, since they have absolutely no way of proving how life could occur by chance, and mathematically the probabilities of it occuring show it to be impossible Now just remember how many trillions of planets there are.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Carrieola on 17 November, 2006, 3:01
"Life sprang from this environment, they say, in the same way that lightning relieves the accumulation of electrical charge in thunderclouds." They did not say the environment was DESIGNED to harbor life... Life seems to me that it could be a reaction... just a part of the cycle of the sub-atomic processes that govern our universe:.. energy just evolving, changing forms and producing more energy. I chuckle at the idea of occam's razor producing a 'divine entity'-related conclusion. It must be bliss to be so lazy as to solve every riddle with "Because God is all-knowing!" or "Because God willed... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by positron on 17 November, 2006, 4:23
So, basically, since they have absolutely no way of proving how life could occur by chance, and mathematically the probabilities of it occuring show it to be impossible, scientists are now simply changing the rules and saying, it had to happen because the environment was DESIGNED to harbor life, so of course life occured. I would venture to say that if one seriously applied Occam's Razor to this new idea, one would find the simplest answer is that life occured because God willed it to. You know that I am going to argue with you about this lol
Comment icon #8 Posted by andy_604 on 17 November, 2006, 18:52
God is retarded along with whoever came up with such a theory of the existence of god. I will show no respect to a religion originally built on lies and scandals for the well being of the church and the rich. A tool used by such groups to control the masses, the poor who had nothing to hold on to but "Faith" or in a more realistic term, false hope. The millions discriminated against or murdered in the name of god. Let's not forget the sex scandals disclosed in recent years of the abuse, molestation, and rape of children under gods roof. Science will one day show religion to where it belongs, i... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Bella-Angelique on 17 November, 2006, 19:30
Science will one day show religion to where it belongs That will never happen. Science is the knowledge of how things work and gives no wisdom on how things should be used. It cannot recognize human rights and human longings. That area of wisdom will always belong to some type of religion. Back on topic (hopefully) - I wonder if their theory might smack the strong force in the face a little if they find the process involved is an identicle match to electromagnetic ones.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Shuriken on 18 November, 2006, 16:47
QUOTE(andy_604 @ Nov 17 2006, 01:52 PM) * Science will one day show religion to where it belongs That will never happen. Science is the knowledge of how things work and gives no wisdom on how things should be used. It cannot recognize human rights and human longings. That area of wisdom will always belong to some type of religion. Back on topic (hopefully) - I wonder if their theory might smack the strong force in the face a little if they find the process involved is an identicle match to electromagnetic ones. Or, perhaps science will one day reveal that there is a creator after all. Religion... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by p-rog on 29 November, 2006, 6:01
I suggest all of you check out www.aiwor.com for similar debates and much more.


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