By working scientists. A friend writes to tell us: The International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) (Web) Kizugawa, Kyoto, Japan, has proposed 15 open questions on the origin of life:
02. Why is the origin of life still a mystery?
Premise: Why is the origin of life still a mystery? Yes, we all in science accept 1924 Oparin’s idea that life on Earth originated from the inanimate matter via a series of chemical steps of increasing molecular complexity and functionality. However, the turning point nonlife-life has never been put into one experimental set up-actually it has never be clarified this from a conceptual point of view either. There are of course several hypotheses, and this plethora of ideas means already that we do not have a convincing one. The most popular is with the RNA-world prebiotic scenario, which has the advantage of providing on paper a theoretical series of imaginary events, each however with an unimaginably small probability (be the prebiotic production of a self-replicating RNA, and its eventual transformation into a catalyst for DNA and independently for protein synthesis-why should this happen, and what about the genetic code? Aside from the problem of experimental implementation, don’t you think we lack (until now) the capability of intellectually conceiving how the turning point really happened?
The friend note that it is an honest list of open questions posed by scientists working in the field.
And asks, Does anyone know of a similar list of open questions in evolution, provided by supporters of evolution? Readers?
See also: Why origin of life is such a problem
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