Shapley wrote:It is the creationists that criticize evolution, and the evolutionists that criticize creationism, for the most part.
The issues as I have seen them are primarily from the "Young Earth Creationists" or the biblical literalists. They happen to believe Genesis is the Word of God, and any evidence to the contrary was planted by Satan (or some other reason for disregarding it). They follow the genealogies of Christ as written in the NT and calculate a universe some 6,000 years old, and no further discussion or inquiry is required.
Many very devout Christians understand that evolution does the best job of explaining the observed facts. Pope John Paul II even acknowledged this.
Shapley wrote:I've never heard an evolutionist's explanation of the origin of life, only how life evolves from other life.
At the moment, the origin of "life" (whatever definition you care to use for the term) is unknown, although there are several promising paths being pursued. Cell structure can be explained by Tensegrity
. We've already seen that double helical structures seem to be naturally forming. We know amino acids can be formed from our best guess of the "primordial soup." The big problem with attempting to create life from non-living matter in a laboratory is that we don't really know what the actual conditions and ingredients were. There wasn't anyone there to write them down, so we have to take our best guesses, figure out what was wrong with them, try again, fix a few more parameters, and on and on. I'm glad it's not my project, because I have no idea if it will succeed in my lifetime or not.
Shapley wrote:I do consider that a problem if one is trying to say that one exists to the exclusion of the other.
I don't expect my auto mechanic, who works with iron, to be a miner or a refiner. The disciplines are very different.
Shapley wrote:The article refers to the helixes 'evolving', not changing or modifying, but evolving, indicating an attribute of life, since non-life does not evolve.
There are many definitions of the word "evolve," and one of them is simply that an object such as this structure changes over time. We use the same term when we describe the formation of galaxies, for example, without any concern as to whether or not that galaxy harbors life as we might recognize it.
I really think the more difficult problem will be to determine an origin for self-awareness or consciousness.