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The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories By Charles B. Thaxton Walter L. Bradley Roger L. Olsen Dean H. Kenyon The Mystery of Life s Origin Reassessing Current Theories A seminal work for the theory of intelligent design this book provides a scientific critique of the prevailing paradigmatic theories of chemical evolution The authors include Discovery Institute fell
  • Title: The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories
  • Author: Charles B. Thaxton Walter L. Bradley Roger L. Olsen Dean H. Kenyon
  • ISBN: 9780802224477
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories By Charles B. Thaxton Walter L. Bradley Roger L. Olsen Dean H. Kenyon
    The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories By Charles B. Thaxton Walter L. Bradley Roger L. Olsen Dean H. Kenyon A seminal work for the theory of intelligent design, this book provides a scientific critique of the prevailing paradigmatic theories of chemical evolution The authors include Discovery Institute fellows Charles Thaxton and Walter Bradley, and they conclude that the prebiotic soup from which the first cell supposedly arose is a myth The Miller Urey experiments employed aA seminal work for the theory of intelligent design, this book provides a scientific critique of the prevailing paradigmatic theories of chemical evolution The authors include Discovery Institute fellows Charles Thaxton and Walter Bradley, and they conclude that the prebiotic soup from which the first cell supposedly arose is a myth The Miller Urey experiments employed an unrealistic gas mixture, and there is no geological evidence for its existence in Earth s distant past The soup faces a myriad of other problems, such as inevitable rapid destruction at the hands of radiation.The authors also take aim at the dominant paradigm for chemical evolution using technical arguments from thermodynamics The second law of thermodynamics has been misused by creationists who failed to treat the fact that Earth is an open system But Thaxton, Bradley, and Olsen takes this point into account as they argue that thermodynamics is eminently applicable to assessing whether unguided chemical reactions can organize matter into life Their conclusion is that natural laws cannot account for the encoded specified complexity inherent in biomolecules.The epilogue looks forward to other possible explanations for the origin of life The book was published in 1984 when the United States was immersed in debate over Genesis based creationism Yet these authors take a different approach that is ahead of its time They recognize that science requires an observation based understanding of cause and effect relationships Thus they set aside biblical arguments and focus instead on observations about the natural world and intelligence After demonstrating that various undirected causes lack the power to produce complex information, they note, We have observational evidence in the present that intelligent investigators can and do build contrivances to channel energy down nonrandom chemical pathways to bring about some complex chemical synthesis, even gene building The authors then pose a simple question May not the principle of uniformity suggest that DNA had an intelligent cause at the beginning A valuable summary of the evidence against the chemical evolution of life out of non living matter It presents a very well thought out and clearly written analysis of the alternatives to the accepted scientific theory of the origin of life Robert Jastrow, Founder and Former Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies of NASA, author of several acclaimed books including God and The Astronomers The authors have made an important contribution to the origin of life field Many workers in this area believe that an adequate scientific explanation for the beginning of life on Earth has already been made Their point of view has been widely disseminated in texts and the media, and to a large extent, has been accepted by the public This new work brings together the major scientific arguments that demonstrate the inadequacy of current theories Although I do not share the final philosophical conclusion that the authors reach, I welcome their contribution It will help to clarify our thinking I would recommend this book to everyone with a scientific background and interest in the origin of life Robert Shapiro, Professor of Chemistry at New York University, and co author of Life Beyond Earth Arguments are cogent, original and compelling The authors believe, and I now concur, that there is a fundamental flaw in all current theories of the chemical origins of life Dean H Kenyon, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, and co author of Biochemical Predestination.
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    About “Charles B. Thaxton Walter L. Bradley Roger L. Olsen Dean H. Kenyon

    • Charles B. Thaxton Walter L. Bradley Roger L. Olsen Dean H. Kenyon

      Charles Thaxton received his Ph.D in physical chemistry from Iowa State University He completed two post doctoral programs, one in history of science at Harvard University and the second in the molecular biology laboratories of Brandeis University.He has published technical articles in Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Scientific Instruments, and Journal of Cell Biology.He has lectured widely in American universities including Princeton University, Yale University, University of Michigan, University of Delaware, Rice University, Texas Universtiy, Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, and Harvard Law School.He has lectured outside the country at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science, the Russian Academy of Science, and in various universities in Mongolia, Romania, Poland, Hungary, and the former Czechoslovakia.He has held appointments at Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, the Biomathematical Institute in Craiova, Romania, and at Charles University in Prague, where he was a Templeton scholar in the department of natural sciences.He is a member of American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of American Institute of Chemistry, American Scientific Affiliation, and Discovery Institute.He and his wife Carole homeschooled two sons, both of whom are college graduates He is a survivor of two bouts of cancer, which left him with one leg and one lung He and his wife reside near Atlanta, Georgia, where they teach homeschooled teens at Konos Academy He also is writing two books, punctuated by speaking stints.

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    • I just re read this book for a talk that I am giving on chemical origins Mystery of Life s Origins is one of those quintessential books that anyone who studies intelligent design must read I first read it during my internship at Probe before graduate school Essentially, this books discusses all of the problems with the theory of chemical origins Although it was published in the 1980 s these are the same issues that keep coming up in current prebiotic or chemical evolution literature.I gave this [...]


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    • The authors are distinguished scientists holding advanced degrees in chemistry, materials science, and geochemistry This book clearly reflects that, and if you ve not studied any of these sciences, a primer is in order They thoroughly rebut Miller s infamous experiment which supposedly proved life can come from nonliving matter This book explores the hypothesis of chemical evolution and what conditions would be required, as well as what conditions probably were like on the Earth prior to sentien [...]




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