Originally posted by sonhouse
So much for the creationist argument that random events would never create life from scratch. It is CLEARLY not random but self organized. Another step on the road to completely understanding how life could have started here and then to create life from rocks.
Swing and a miss.
The article you cite is another one of the straw-graspings we've seen time after time: the supposed definitive proof of randomly-inspired biogenesis. Hogwash.
In these experiments, one of the controls is always
the experimenter--- in this case, the chemists. For this particular set-up (get it? nothing random about a set-up, is there?), the chemists controlled both the mix and the additive/dilution in order to achieve their desired results.
On top of this, in an effort to validate their findings, they call upon computer-generated statistical probabilities to seal such results as "unique" since the chance factor is reduced to nearly zero. Gee. That argument sounds so distinctly familiar, doesn't it?
Well, I suppose for the faithful this becomes another cornerstone to their belief system, regardless of the fact that it does nothing more than solidify the shakiness of the whole idea...