Video: Was the emergence of life inevitable? - Dr. Eric Smith

Dr. Smith shows that the emergence of life on Earth might have been the inevitable consequence of a cascade of non-equilibrium phase transitions that opened new channels for chemical energy flow on Earth. The talk starts at 3.40 secs.

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  1. Dr. Smith's thesis raises the interesting possibility that not only were the origins of inflation, the four forces, galaxies, stars and planets, elements and molecules and even the Higgs Field inevitable at the time of the emergence of our Universe (The "Big Bang") but also life itself was a natural consequence of the development of the Universe and of our Earth.

    The simple minded, superstitious Christadelphians cannot begin to deal with material like this. They rely on myths and legends invented by ancient humans for their account of origins. But none of that matters as science continues to reveal what actually happened billions of years ago and how our wondrous universe came to be.

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    1. The two best theories for the origins of life are either a cascade of non-equilibrium phase transitions or a talking snake. I prefer the former. But if they find a fossil of a snake with a 1,350 grams brain, a voice box and legs that have been amputated at the trunk, I might change my mind.

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  2. John, i fear you are correct. Christadelphians cannot understand the vast expanses of time that are needed for life to begin and then evolve and diversify into our current world. They are limiting themselves to the idea that the earth, sun, moon, stars animals etc. were all created by a magic being around 6000 years ago. Anything outside this belief is beyond them.
    I have attempted to talk to CDs that I'm still in contact with about evolution, but i just get regarded with baffled faces and an air of pity that I've strayed so far from the "truth". I may as well have spoken to a brick wall.....

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    1. Mark, I also spoken to a CD regardless whether you believe in God or not, that the evidence tells us that the world is millions of years old, even CD founder J.Thomas believed that the world was lot older then 6000 yrs. But no, like you said, it is a brick wall with them, they just listen to their preaching folk, because they know...

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  3. We live in exciting times. When I was a child we did not even know that the continents could move huge distances over vast periods of time. We knew only a tiny fraction of what we know now that I am sixty five years of age.

    We know that "nothing" is a cauldron of seething energy. We know that the entire Universe could have originated from this "nothing" without any help from a mythical God. Top scientists like Stephen Hawking believe this. We know what happened during the Big Bang from the first micro-seconds onwards. We know about the inflation that followed. We know how the galaxies formed following the natural laws of the Universe and we know that new space-time is being constantly created between the galaxies as they rush away from each other. We know how the planets formed and how living species evolved. We are starting to deduce how life itself originated on Earth in deep oceanic vents. We know how humans evolved from the common ancestor with the chimp and we have DNA evidence to prove it that would stand up in any Court of law.

    We don't know everything but it is incredible what brilliant men of science have discovered since I was born.

    But what is wonderful to a person like me, dragged up in a cursed Christadelphian upbringing by a pair of idiot fideistic parents, is that there is NO requirement for a supernatural God. Such a mythical being is both irrelevant and superfluous to human understanding. God has been reduced to a mere cultural oddity that illustrates the way in which humans in the twenty first century find it difficult to throw off the ignorant superstitions of their ancestors.

    I hope that I live at least another thirty five years to be able to learn more of what science will discover, before I join Almon McCann in the grave.

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    1. You write: "... new space-time is being constantly created between the galaxies as they rush away from each other."

      How can it be "created" if there is no God? How are the beliefs of the Ex-Christadelphians any different to those of the creationists? Can't you see that this "creation" is evidence that God did originally create the Universe and Earth and that he is still actively involved with the universe creating new things and interfering with the laws of nature in miraculous ways.

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