Something very odd is going on at the Discoveroids’ website. They seem to be changing its appearance, and at least for now, none of our old links to their blog entries are working. It must be the work of the intelligent designer — blessed be he!
Anyway, through a routine news search (not a search of their website), we found a reaction to what we posted yesterday: Early Life on Earth, and Maybe Mars. Their new post, which has no author’s by-line, is Life in the Fast Lane — Microfossils, 3.77 Billion Years Old, Pose Challenge to Materialist Presuppositions . Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A paper in Nature reports the discovery of fossil microbes possibly older, even much older, than any found previously. The lead author is biogeochemist Matthew Dodd, a PhD student at University College London. If the paper is right, these Canadian fossils could be 3.77 billion years old, or even as old as — hold onto your hat, in case you’re wearing one — 4.28 billion years.
Yes, we already know the news. Skipping their description of what was found, they say:
According to Dodd et al., these new finds would be the oldest known microfossils, if that is in fact what they are. Very interesting. If so, that just keeps pushing unquestionable evidence of life’s existence on Earth further and further back, which leaves less and less time for the origin of life to have occurred by unguided chemical evolution after Earth became habitable.
Less and less time? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The latest estimate for the age of the Earth is about 4.54 billion years. The paper in Nature estimates that the newly-discovered fossils are “at least 3,770 million and possibly 4,280 million years old.” That would mean a period of between 260 million years to 770 million years (roughly a quarter billion to three quarters of a billion years) elapsed before the appearance of the organisms whose fossils were discovered. Let’s read on:
If they are in fact 4.28 billion years old, then that would mean there was life very, very early in Earth’s history — as Cyril Ponnamperuma said, it’s like “instant life.”
Instant life? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Anyway, Cyril Ponnamperuma died in 1994, so whatever may have been the context of that quote the Discoveroids have mined, we can’t regard it as relevant to today’s news. Then the Discoveroids tell us:
It seems there are three observations to make: 1) The more we know, the more it seems that life arose rapidly on the early Earth, even more quickly that we previously realized. 2) How even the simplest life could arise, given materialist presuppositions, remains a profound mystery. This is the subject of Stephen Meyer’s book Signature in the Cell. 3) If life arises so easily, as Coyne’s friend Dr. Dodd suggests, then it’s strange we’ve seen no signs of it, at least not in an intelligent form, across the cosmos.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s a big galaxy, and we’ve just begun to look. We have no idea, so far, whether life is out there — but we’re fairly confident that most stars have planetary systems. For the moment, the Discoveroids can crow that Earth is unique, and they’re making the most of it. A decade or two from now, things may be different.
This is their last paragraph:
Taken together, these call into question materialist presuppositions, in the light of which 1, 2, and 3 present a tangle of contradictions. On the other hand, as a source of purposeful agency able to bring life into existence 1) quickly, 2) despite obstacles in the path of purely material processes, 3) uniquely, as it appears for now, on one planet, intelligent design fits the bill.
Isn’t intelligent design “theory” wonderful? It’s delightfully compatible with anything and everything we may ever discover. Verily, it is the harlot of theories, and the Discoveroids are its promoters.
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