"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"
Rk Ball, Sir as I said in a previous anonymous posting. I like your interesting blog.This is off topic but I would like to know what your postion is on this matter.You have made many interesting posts on the origin of life. Many biochemists however, say that the first self replicating molecules came from mutating crystals.(An oversimplified metaphor) but please, imagine a sculpture made of red velcro covered blocks. Over time some of the red ones get torn off through natural action and by shear accident the occasional blue block pops into place and fits and the crystal continues to replicate as it always has done. If this happens enough soon you have a sculpture made of blue blocks.Now, I'm NOT attacking a God centered universe (I'm cheering for your side) - but I would like to know your position on this. (I'm hoping I understood that bio-theory properly).Have a good one.
Please stop giving Air Canada ideas.
John -- can you leave this with me for a day or so?Thanks,Rick.
John, I'm not knowledgeable in the area of crystals so to be fair to you it would be better if someone with more expertise answered your question. My problem with any naturalistic approach is the problem of specified information. Information, in our uniform experience, implies a mind. Even if a natural process were found to generate information, to me it would be evidence that the natural process itself was the product of intelligence, i.e., intelligently designed.E.g., A signature is evidence of intelligence, right? I could program a signature-writing machine to write my signature. The machine is just an unthinking mechanism. But it has been programmed to do a job. And the signature, regardless of how it was created, is a signpost of intelligence.Right now, the state of the art of biological science is that the outward bears the overwhelming appearance of design, and the inward bears overwhelming evidence of engineering. When you've got engineering inside of something, and the appearance of design on the outside, what have you got? Something like intelligent design.
Gotcha, thanks for your honesty.
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