Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Believers claim life is to complex to “just happen". Someone, some “god” must have created it, must have planned it, and must continue to guide it. Believers equate the creation of life to throwing parts into a box, shaking it, and then having working 747 Jet liner fly out the other side.
With colleague Tracey Lincoln, Gerald Joyce (picured) has created an artificial genetic system that can undergo self-sustained replication and evolution
According to the Dictionary, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/life
The 1st definition of life is:
the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
Lets look at one of the building blocks of life. RNA is the building blocks of life as we know it. It is the building blocks of proteins. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA
Here’s the great part: Scientists have created RNA that replicates itself, on it own!
Given the right conditions, these molecules continue to replicate till their “fuel” is consumed. Growth? Reproduction? Consumption? That by itself, I submit, fits the definition of life. Life, by the hand of man. No god, no box shaking, just the basics and there have it.
We must cast off the dark shroud of ignorance. The shroud that hinders our ability to solve problems and move forward. The dark shroud is Region.
God dwells in the darkness of ignorance. The more we learn, the less the faithful have to cling on to. Believers point and say “there, you can’t explain that! There must be a god!”. Eventually, they will be left with nothing but denial and distortion of truth. Just because science can not explain something today, doesn’t mean we won’t be able to explain it tomorrow.
The reality is life happens and we can duplicate it. There is no divine hand of a hidden all seeing being, there is just natural processes.