Thursday, April 21, 2016

New theory could prove how life began and disprove God

How life emerged from non-life has been a central question, puzzling scientists and theologists


A new theory could answer the question of how life began – and throw out the need for God.
A writer on the website of Richard Dawkins’ foundation says that the theory has put God “on the ropes” and has “terrified” Christians.
It proposes that life did not emerge by accident or luck from a primordial soup and a bolt of lightning. Instead, life itself came about by necessity – it follows from the laws of nature and is as inevitable as rocks rolling downhill.
The problem for scientists attempting to understand how life began is understanding how living beings – which tend to be far better at taking energy from the environment and dissipating it as heat – could come about from non-living ones.
But a new theory, proposed by a researcher at MIT and first reported in Quanta Magazine, proposes that when a group of atoms is exposed for a long time to a source of energy, it will restructure itself to dissipate more energy. The emergence of life might not be the luck of atoms arranging themselves in the right way, it says, but an inevitable event if the conditions are correct.
“You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant,” England said.
Paul Rosenberg, writing this week on Richard Dawkins’ site, said that the theory could make things “a whole lot worse for creationists”.
As Rosenberg notes, the idea that life could have evolved from non-living things is one that has been held for some time, and was described by the pre-Socratic philosophers. But England’s theory marks the first time that has been convincingly proposed since Darwin, and is backed by mathematical research and a proposal that can be put to the test.

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11 comments:

  1. Theists can easily counter this so it hardly amounts to a disproof of God. The laws of nature, they will say, that out of necessity seek to create life, were specifically designed and created by God.

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    1. Sure, but if this theory is testable and proven, it conclusively destroys the creation accounts in nearly every religion. No Genesis, no fall of man. No fall, no original sin. No original sin, no need for Jesus.

      Dominoes... One by one.

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    2. Sure, but if this theory is testable and proven, it conclusively destroys the creation accounts in nearly every religion. No Genesis, no fall of man. No fall, no original sin. No original sin, no need for Jesus.

      Dominoes... One by one.

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  2. It's *Theologians* not Theologists.

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  3. Hell...I'm an atheist, and *I* don't buy this story.

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  4. It's just a different way of saying what we already know. It doesn't say anything new,it still has to state under the right conditions :p

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  5. I recently saw a special on NGC about the first cells. Very interesting. No god required.

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  6. I recently saw a special on NGC about the first cells. Very interesting. No god required.

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  7. My god is Nature, & it is awesome.

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  8. Atheists haven't proven that God doesn't exists and religion haven't proven that God exists.

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