The Universe Insults the Discoveroids

We saw this article at PhysOrg but didn’t pay much attention to it: Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth. They say, with our bold font:

Two wayward space rocks, which separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system’s asteroid belt for billions of years, share something else in common: the ingredients for life. They are the first meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such as hydrocarbons and amino acids.


The study, published Jan. 10 in the journal Science Advances [Organic matter in extraterrestrial water-bearing salt crystals], provides the first comprehensive chemical exploration of organic matter and liquid water in salt crystals found in Earth-impacting meteorites. The study treads new ground in the narrative of our solar system’s early history and asteroid geology while surfacing exciting possibilities for the existence of life elsewhere in Earth’s neighborhood.


Queenie Chan, a planetary scientist and postdoctoral research associate at The Open University in the U.K. who was the study’s lead author, said, “This is really the first time we have found abundant organic matter also associated with liquid water that is really crucial to the origin of life and the origin of complex organic compounds in space.”

We should have realized that this would be seen as a threat to creationists. Klinghoffer just wrote about it at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: From CNN, Vapid Science News Headline of the Day: “Ingredients for Life Found” in Space Rocks. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Typical vapid science news headline of the day, from CNN: “Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth.” [Link omitted.]

Vapid headline? Okay. Then he quotes from the CNN story and says:

The “ingredients for life” are not the same thing as life, not any more than the English alphabet represents the “ingredients” for the next Great American Novel.

To drive home his brilliant point, he tells us:

Don’t believe me? Here are those ingredients. You just have to multiply them a bit and get them in the right order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Brilliant rebuttal. He concludes his post with this:

Now go write the novel. You may submit it for our evaluation here and if you do, I might reconsider the claim that we’re anywhere closer today to understanding the origin of life than we were before these space rocks were closely studied.

So there you are. The chemical ingredients for life found in two asteroids that are billions of years old, means nothing, dear reader. Absolutely nothing. Life on Earth is the unique creation of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Accept no substitutes.

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14 responses to “The Universe Insults the Discoveroids

  1. If brains were dynamite, the Disco-toot people wouldn’t be able to blow their hat off their head.

  2. has had last werk other articles on the origin of life.

  3. Michael Fugate

    Why would the DI worry about space rocks when they “know” life originated from the “dust of the ground”?

  4. That was only Adam that was so formed, in part 2. In part 1, the plants, and, later the land animals, came from from the earth, while the creatures of the sea and air came from the water. Other forms of life are not mentioned.

  5. Ross Cameron

    Poor ole bacteria fails to get a mention—-again.

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    Dear Mr. Klinghoffer:

    I am sorry that you have acquired a very bad case of asteroids. My uncle also had suffered from the same malady for many years. It was almost impossible for him to say anything good to anyone on account of his asteroids. Until one day he became very vexed to the point that he consulted a skilled surgeon who successfully removed his asteroids.

  7. Michael Fugate

    Human life is all that matters to the DI.

  8. @Michael Fugate
    While I tend to agree with you, and think that that is so for all creationists. Maybe it is more like “I is all that matters”.

  9. Typical Klingy. Scoff at a new finding, rebut with a false analogy.

  10. I am all matter.

  11. Michael Fugate


  12. Poor Klingy seems to have stopped Tweeting his own articles, even he is embarrassed by his own bullsh*t.

  13. The “ingredients for life” are not the same thing as life, not any more than the English alphabet represents the “ingredients” for the next Great American Novel.

    Don’t believe me? Here are those ingredients. You just have to multiply them a bit and get them in the right order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

    Actually, the Hamster’s missing a few: punctuation marks, for instance. Aside from that, let’s see him write a novel without those ingredients.

    And on top of that, Ham’s making a classic bogus argument favored by creationists: “Because we know some complex things are made by intelligent designers” (that would be us humans), “we know that everything complex was made by an intelligent designer. And the only such designer who could have made us and the world we live in is the God of the Bible.”

  14. Rather, we know that things are made by makers. Sometimes the makers follow the designs, but also the makers take account of the properties of the raw materials, etc.
    We know that designs alone do not produce anything. A composer does not produce music, that takes a performer.

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