It would seem that David Klinghoffer has become the Discoveroids’ expert in the origin of life. We recently wrote about an earlier essay of his on that subject: Klinghoffer: The Impossible Origin of Life. You remember that one, in which he compared the origin of life to making a tuna casserole from its ingredients which are tossed around in an earthquake.
His overlords at Discoveroid headquarters were so impressed that they assigned this latest essay to him. It’s titled Origin of Life, Theater of the Absurd. They made a good choice. Klinghoffer is a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. The graphic above this post is in his honor. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
See if you can follow the logic here all the way through.
We’ll try. He tells us:
Researchers sampled ancient water trapped for 1.5 billion years around what were deep-sea hydrothermal vents two kilometers under the earth’s surface. The water included apparent necessities for “kick-starting” life — like a primordial soup still in situ.
He’s talking about this article in New Scientist: Watery time capsule hints at how life got started on early Earth, which says:
It has all the ingredients of a primordial soup. What’s more, the chemicals of life – discovered in a pocket of water that last saw the light of day 1.5 billion years ago – appear to have formed without any influence from biological processes. That means the idea that life got started as a result of chemical reactions around deep-sea vents looks more likely.
The rocks are the ancient remains of hydrothermal vents formed at the bottom of Earth’s early oceans, and that means the water they contain could reveal important details about the chemistry that might have occurred at such vents before life began exerting its influence.
[Christopher] Glein emphasises that the water pockets in Kidd mine, while ancient, are not as old as life on Earth itself. “We’re not claiming that Kidd [the Kidd mine near Timmins in Ontario where the water was found] actually contains the original prebiotic soup, or a second origin of life,” he says – but it’s a useful system for understanding the kind of hydrothermal chemistry that might have helped kick-start life about 4 billion years ago. “While not the first brand of prebiotic soup, it’s a variety that can potentially provide new clues about the origin of life.”
A modest claim, but exceedingly interesting. Klinghoffer, however, is disgusted. He says:
Note, they found no life, which given the overall liveliness of our planet is a quite unusual thing. Instead, it’s the usual building-blocks scenario: [quote from the article].
Building blocks? That’s naturalism! Where’s the Oogity Boogity? Klinghoffer continues:
Stephen Meyer has explained in Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design why life — dependent on information, an expression of design — doesn’t just come together or kick-start itself even under what might seem to be ideal conditions.
Ooooooooooooh — information! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Here’s more from Klinghoffer:
And sure enough, the water from the Canadian source is sterile, devoid of any hint of life, after a billion and a half years. Yet this water is taken as evidence that it looks likelier than it seemed before that this represents a model of the environment where life began.
Klinghoffer seems to be missing the point. It’s what origin of life researchers have been saying for a long time, but haven’t yet been able to demonstrate. The water from the Kidd mine clearly shows that the building blocks of life not only could exist on Earth before there was life, but now there’s evidence that they actually do exist in the absence of life.
But Klinghoffer sees it differently. His final paragraph gives us the Discoveroids’ way of looking at this evidence:
A rare absence of life confirms the ease with which life — biological information — originated without design. The sterility itself actually strengthens the case! It’s science as a theater of the absurd.
Klinghoffer is happily unaware that in the actual theater of the absurd, he plays one of the principal characters, and his little essay was a grand performance.
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