February 16, 2006

TIME TO TRY A DIFFERENT DESIGN:

Darwin's warm pond theory tested (Rebecca Morelle, 2/13/06, BBC News)

Life on Earth was unlikely to have emerged from volcanic springs or hydrothermal vents, according to a leading US researcher.

Experiments carried out in volcanic pools suggest they do not provide the right conditions to spawn life.

The findings are being discussed at an international two-day meeting to explore the latest thinking on the origin of life on Earth.


What makes such experiments truly exquisite is the notion that should intelligent beings recreate the conditions that gave rise to life it will demonstrate natural evolution.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2006 9:07 PM
Comments

Hubris alert!

Posted by: erp at February 17, 2006 10:45 AM

Of course we came this way, it's global warming's fault, polluting the ponds.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 17, 2006 12:55 PM

I never understood the theory that life would arise in the most hostile possible environment (thermal springs), and then spread to all the more friendly places. Especialy when modern thermophilics are so different from bacteria and multi-celled organisms that the Linneans give them their own Kingdom (or whatever that top level classification is called.)

Always figured it was just another biologists scam to get a paid summer vacation in Yellowstone and places like it.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 17, 2006 2:14 PM

Raoul: It's actually motivated by the same old desire to trivialize humanity. If life arose in these extremely hostile environments, then obviously we'll find life on Mars, Europa, and every other conceivable place, meaning that mankind is obviously just one clump of tissue among a near-infinite multitude.

Posted by: b at February 17, 2006 2:57 PM

Looks like no one here, with the possible exception of Raoul, has actually read the article, trivial as it is in the first place.

Posted by: creeper at February 23, 2006 1:31 AM

Raoul,

"I never understood the theory that life would arise in the most hostile possible environment (thermal springs), and then spread to all the more friendly places."

I'm not sure how many more conducive - or "friendly" - places there were at the time abiogenesis is supposed to have taken place.

Posted by: creeper at February 23, 2006 1:34 AM
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