March 29, 2007 | David F. Coppedge

Is Hardy Life Evidence of an Evolutionary Origin?

Salt-tolerate species of unicellular organisms are found in all three kingdoms of life, says an article on  “Astrobiologists, those cross disciplinary scientists dedicated to investigating the broad question of life in the universe,” writes Lisa Chu-Theilbar of the SETI Institute, “often study extremophiles, organisms that live at the edges of what life is known to tolerate.”  Although this statement on its face could assume either designed life or evolved life, the context of it referring to the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute makes it clear the assumption is that the life must have evolved with its remarkable tolerance to salt.  “Because these halophilic microbes are so ubiquitous and so robust, they are great candidates for the kind of organism that might once have lived or possibly even still survives, on Mars.”  Nothing in the article explicitly states that hardy life arose by itself.  The position of the SETI Institute is very clear that the creator is material evolution.
    A sample of similar thinking was found in a JPL press release March 12: “Deep inside Enceladus, our model indicates we’ve got an organic brew, a heat source and liquid water, all key ingredients for life,” said a Cassini scientist about Enceladus.  “And while no one is claiming that we have found life by any means, we probably have evidence for a place that might be hospitable to life.”  The implicit assumption is that if the conditions are right, life could emerge by itself.

“If you build it, they will come.”  This marketing clich� works with designed organisms, like humans, who operate with purpose and intent, but when was the last time you saw an inanimate object to engage in goal-seeking behavior, simply because the opportunity presented itself?  Will an abundance of mud, straw and a hot sun spontaneously give rise to a building?  If the environment is subject to torrential rains, will it then construct for itself a sturdy roof?
    Many in the space program presume that suitable environments generate life.  Many in the SETI program assume that biomarkers will imply life arose spontaneously on its own.  These logical fallacies permeate much of the space program.  They are never questioned or criticized because of dogmatic Darwinism and a science that cannot think outside the materialistic box.

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Categories: Origin of Life, SETI

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