Creationists are always saying that the origin of life had to be a miracle. As long as scientists haven’t yet created life in the lab, they’ll keep on saying it, and they endlessly denigrate work like the Miller–Urey experiment that demonstrates how complex organic compounds can be generated by natural causes.
Now they have something else to squawk about. Take a look at this article in PhysOrg: Scientists re-create what may be life’s first spark, which says:
Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth. The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet. They ended up creating what can be considered crucial pieces of the building blocks of life.
The findings do not prove that this is how life started on Earth about 4 billion years ago, and some scientists were unimpressed with the results. But the experiment does bolster the long-held theory.
“These findings suggest that the emergence of terrestrial life is not the result of an accident but a direct consequence of the conditions on the primordial Earth and its surroundings,” the researchers concluded in the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Here’s the paper in PNAS, for which you need a subscription to see anything but the abstract: High-energy chemistry of formamide: A unified mechanism of nucleobase formation.
Creationists can’t ignore something like this, but we haven’t yet seen anything about it at the usual websites. However, we found a letter-to-the-editor in the Tuscaloosa News of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, titled Creation or evolution more farfetched? There’s a comments section at the end.
The letter isn’t much, but until the Discoveroids or ol’ Hambo have something to say, this is the best we can do. The letter-writer, whose first name is Charles, says he read about the experiment in the newspaper, and he gives us his reaction. The bold font was added by us:
A billion kilowatts of energy zapping a prepared chemical soup, and ta-da, the components needed for RNA produced! This was done by scientists endeavoring to replicate that, which could have happened only by random chance?
Huh? What’s the problem? Let’s read on:
Should we then believe that RNA worked itself into the more complex DNA? This isn’t science. This is science fiction. I guess when one is so committed to any explanation other than “In the beginning, God … ,” a meteorite slamming into planet Earth creating a chemical RNA compound is as good as anything else.
Charles is missing the point. Here we have the demonstration of a natural event, which is a possible explanation for something that creationists have always insisted is utterly impossible. That’s a big deal. Unimpressed, Charles continues:
With that in mind, is it so farfetched to believe God created all things?
A miracle performed by a deity is a wee bit more farfetched than a naturally caused event. But Charles sees things differently. He tells us:
The cosmological order, the gene map of the human genome, the mystery of life, the wonder of a newborn — all point to a designer. … And He doesn’t need a super laser to do it.
Yeah — stupid scientists! We wanna see ’em do it without a laser, like the designer did.
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