Soviet communists may or may not have needed Rules for Revolution, but Darwinists, without doubt, need OOLs for Evolution: i.e., origin-of-life scenarios.  Obviously, Darwinian evolution won’t get past square one without a self-replicating system complex enough to call “life” in place.  Whether or not a given evolutionist is a Marxist materialist or a theistic Darwinist, OOL is a key link in the naturalistic dream of an unbroken chain of natural causes from big bang to man.  It’s proving a tough link to find.

PhysOrg presented a new idea for OOL: “RNA reactor could have served as a precursor of life.”  This new hypothesis by Germans at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich relies on the “RNA World” scenario (02/15/2007, 07/11/2002), a genetics-first attempt to jumpstart life.  The opening paragraph explains:

Nobody knows quite how life originated on Earth, but most scientists agree that living cells did not abruptly appear from nonliving cells in a single step. Instead, there were probably a series of pre-cellular life forms that arose from nonliving chemicals and eventually led to a living cell, one that could undergo metabolism and reproduce. One of the most well-known theories of pre-cellular life is the RNA world theory, which proposes that life based on RNA predates current life, which is based on DNA, RNA, and proteins. But recently, scientists have been wondering what may have preceded RNA. In a new study, a team of scientists from Germany has suggested that the ability to self-replicate may have first emerged in the form of an RNA reactor, which they show can transmit information.

A diagram with the article shows weak information transfer in RNA strands, but the text is vague about the definition of information.  At the end of the article, you can click a link for “More information” on the hypothesis, but we all know that kind of information requires a mind at the sending end and the receiving end.  Before minds existed, did information exist?  It cannot be mere survival of random sequences. Those would be unlikely to contribute to any function needed by a living entity.  Even granting some hypothetically meaningful use of “information” in this scenario, it would be quickly lost in an “error catastophe” without accurate replication (09/15/2005)….

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