Do either have a place?
Andy E. from Australia writes in response to the article Tinned sardines: clue to the origin of life? and wonders whether simplified arguments against abiogenesis should be used:
I’m sorry but this article seems to be silliness. Its humorous overtones make it the worst possible thing to give to someone who is arguing for abiogenesis.
Not only is abiogenesis supposed to take millions of years, the addition of actual cellular information wouldn’t add to the process in the slightest.
If you leave a sardine tin open on your kitchen counter, it’ll go green and fuzzy, but no new life would be created. There are two reasons for this. 1. It’s already got dead biological matter in it, meaning that it’s contaminated with bacteria. The bacteria would be far more dominant in the tin that any possible chance of spontaneous life, meaning that it wouldn’t happen. 2. The sardines wouldn’t last long enough for any possible DNA sequencing to occur, as the bacteria would eat away the sardines long before abiogenesis occurs.
The only way this could be used as an example is if the sardines were placed in a completely sterile environment, after themselves sterilized, and watched for billions of years. Only then could one postulate the existence of abiogenesis and whether it would be benefited or hindered by the existence of pre-formatted cellular structures.
I am a Christian, I believe in creation, and I am hassled regularly about the so called scientific discoveries that seem to prove abiogenesis and evolution of the species. I am not too dumb to realize the evolution, in its actual sense does occur on a small level in the development of creatures through mutation in certain individuals becoming prominent in a subset, until it can be considered an entire species in itself, because of a simple mutation and meddlesome human selective breeding. However I also can’t see the possibility of there being a jump from fish, to reptile to bird or mammal. This sounds ridiculous to me….
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