Monday, January 17, 2011

Origin of life: “If pigs could fly” chemistry slammed

A rabbi friend reminds me of the late Leslie Orgel, origin of life pioneer, who seems to have been well aware of the difficulties his materialist constraints created.

Responding to Shapiro's harsh criticism of the “RNA first” theory and his proposal of the “metabolism first” scenario as a more likely approach to a naturalistic origin of life:
Theories of the origin of life based on metabolic cycles cannot be justified by the inadequacy of competing theories: they must stand on their offered by supporters of geneticist or metabolist scenarios that are dependant on "if pigs could fly" hypothetical chemistry are unlikely to help."