Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Stewart. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Responding to recent letters, I offer the following. Although evidence for evolution of life forms is strong, the origin of life by random chemical means is at most a hypothesis.
Fair enough. Then he gets carried away:
Because the uncertainty of the evolutionary chemical view and the religious creation view, the extraterrestrial intentional design origin of life hypothesis, probably from some planet close to Earth in our Milky Way galaxy, is possible. Due to the vast traveling distances, life forms originating from a planet in another galaxy are not probable.
Stewart rules out creationism, which is understandable, but then he also rules out the chemical origin of life — because it hasn’t yet been demonstrated. Instead he opts for what’s known as Panspermia , and to show that he’s a reasonable man, he rules out life that traveled here from another galaxy. After that he tells us:
Because of the complexity of even the simplest life forms, only the possibility of extraterrestrial origin of life can account for the first living cell, the first horse [Horse?] or the first humanoid [Wow!]. There is no question that a random chemical mix is impossible to generate the organelles, metabolic pathways and even the spark of life itself to create the simplest cell, the foundation of all living things.
After assuring us of the impossibility of a chemical origin of life, Stewart never even thinks to explain the origin of those extraterrestrial cells — or horses, or humanoids. They were just out there, somehow, and now they’re here. He continues:
Even the most competent and sophisticated biochemical research has not even approached anywhere near creating a true living thing at this time. [Therefore it’s impossible.] Also, for a cell to live, all elements of the cell exist virtually at the same time, a fact clearly refuting the random primordial soup theory of life.
Yeah, yeah, it’s impossible — here on Earth, anyway. This ain’t no privileged planet! But out there, somewhere, somehow — no problem. Okay, now we get to Stewart’s final paragraph, and it’s really strange:
Religious creationism cannot account for the origin of life because all religions are based on faith, not certainty. [Okay.] Detection of any advanced civilizations in all space has not occurred. [Now what?] Therefore, we on Earth should make a determined effort to preserve every form of life, great and small, possibly to seed the rest of the universe.
Huh? That’s it? The universe seeded life on Earth, somehow, and now we should return the favor? Okay. We nominate Stewart to head the first seeding mission to the Seventh Planet.
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