The Detection of Extra-terrestrial Life and the Consequences for Science and Society conference hosted by the Royal Society in Britain.
The recent conference in Great Britain has been reported on in the mass market media. It passes itself off as science (left brain) but looks like entertainment (right brain) as news reports cover the sessions on warring aliens and mass hysteria. Let’s start with the funny and the entertaining:
From the Space Daily website:
“Life on Earth may have been kickstarted thanks to carbon molecules and dust that drift through interstellar space, said Pascale Ehrenfreund, an astrochemist at George Washington University, Washington.”
OOPS, I think that was supposed to be science. I guess this sloganeering is by nature general, and can’t consider the concept of “irreducible complexity.” That is, you don’t take away one of a frog’s chromosones and end up with something more simple like an earthworm. The biochemistry of life in the earthworm is every much as complex as that in the frog. So even if you could get two (or two trillion) carbon molecules to stick together in the correct sequence you don’t get life, just a very complex dead thing.
“The meeting is not intended to give any conclusion on whether other life exists but give a snapshot of where we are in our quest to find it — and speculate on the impacts of such a discovery on human society.”
Told you entertainment had something to do with it, they are engaging in very entertaining speculation.
Simon Conway Morris, a professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, offered a contrasting view. “My own opinion is that the origin of life is a complete fluke,” he said. “I fear that we are completely alone… there’s nothing (out) there at all, not a thing.”
Now here is a scientist I can respect, one that exhibits honesty. So many evolutionists offer up fealty to evolution giving it credit for creating us and all life around us and every component of life from happy children to an unpleasant wart. They completely slay their right brain arguing that there is no purpose in life, we are just the product of genetic mutation. Aside – of course they never discuss how the life forms before genetics could evolve without genetic mutation. Nevertheless, here is an evolutionist that tosses the whole construct out. He has reached the logical conclusion that the origin of life is beyond the realm of science: “A fluke” he says, something that can’t be explained by a mathematical model.
I urge Mr Morris to take the next logical step. If the origin of life can’t be explained by science, then perhaps the origin of the species can’t either. Put the scientific model to test, evolution flies in the face of mathematical principles and the laws of thermodynamics. A careful, honest evaluation by the left brain will reach the same conclusion: the origin of species is a fluke!
UPDATE: More quotes from Simon Conway Morris:
As a number of people have stressed over the years, I think it would be premature to assume science itself will explain everything. Scientists have wonderfully explained the organization of the universe, but that’s really all it claims to do, and I think it does that very successfully. But of course there are many other questions that have to do with the human condition.
ANSWER TO THE QUESTION: Have you ever made some discoveries that have ever tested your faith?
“Morris: Well no, because I think that it’s unfortunate that people want definite answers. You have to remember what happened on that early Sunday morning in April AD 33. I mean, yes – I don’t mean to be flippant about it – I will never be sure, at least on this side of the grave. I think the intellectual consistency of Christianity in historical evidence is frankly overwhelming, but my materialist colleagues regard me as a slightly sad case. But I can’t understand, given that there is a structure there and indeed a record; I don’t think it’s easy to explain it away.”