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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