Tag Archives: Origin of Life

Complex Specified Information…

or (as the rest of us call it) probability. Simply put, complex specified information is information that is both complex and specified, such that it is highly improbable and specific. The complexity of the information associated with event A is … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 3

Selection in Prebiotic Chemistry: Why This… and not that? First Luisi presents us with some basic facts.  If you don’t agree with any of these, let me know. Life on Earth started 3.5 to 3.9 billion years ago.  Probably earlier, … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 2

Since I’ve been featured in the 40th Carnival of Evolution, I guess I’d better get on the stick and finish this book review. Approaches to the Definitions of Life This chapter takes on two topics.  What is the definition of … Continue reading

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Cryptonomicron and Life

from Cryptonomicon (Book Excerpt) by Neal Stephenson Let’s set the existence-of-god issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of … Continue reading

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A reply to Joe Jensen

Sorry to derail the thread, it’s much easier to it this way, where I can easily do quotes and examples for you. Here’s your latest comment in it’s entirety. Hi again Ogre, Hello yourself. I’m not sure you read the … Continue reading

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Timeline of Creationism and Science

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been considering the history and accomplishments of science as compared to those for creationism. It took a while, but I have created a timeline of accomplishments and important historical points for both science … Continue reading

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Origins of Life: General RNA Polymerases

Yesterday, I discovered a new set of studies that I had not previously known about.  I may write about all of them, but I definitely want to talk about this particular study for two reasons.  The first reason is that … Continue reading

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Recent Origins of Life Research

In 2008, the International Society for the Study of Origins of Life, held a symposium on the origins and early evolution of life. 350 scientists from all over the world came together with more than 310 presentations. The journal Origins … Continue reading

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Origins of Life – Amino Acids and the Triplet Codon

One question that always seems to come from the anti-science crowd when discussing the origin of life is, “Where did the genetic code come from?”. Scientists will often point out the simple fact that every living thing on the planet … Continue reading

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Origin of Life – RNA Self Replicators

We have previously established that organic compounds, including nucleotides, are trivially easy to produce from inorganic sources.  We have also established at least two methods from which long chain RNA molecules could develop without organic processes… including one that requires … Continue reading

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