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Crick and Orgel on Why Other OOL Theories Should be Considered

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Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel co-authored an article entitled “Directed Pansmermia” in which they advocated consideration of infective* theories for the origin of life on earth in addition to the moribund (then and now) search for a materialist terrestrial origin.  In that article the following sentence stands out:

It has also been argued that ‘infective’ theories of the origins of terrestrial life should be rejected because they do no more than transfer the problem of origins to another planet.

ID proponents frequently get similar push back.  Indeed, Crick and Orgel’s sentence could be modified only slightly to reflect that materialist objection:

It has also been argued that ID theories of the origins of terrestrial life should be rejected because they do no more than transfer the problem of origins to a designer.

In their article Crick and Orgel responded to this criticism as follows:

This view is mistaken; the historical facts are important in their own right. For all we know there may be other types of planet on which the origin of life ab initio is greatly more probable than on our own.

This response too could be quoted almost verbatim by an ID proponent:

This view is mistaken; the historical facts are important in their own right. For all we know there may be other pathways for development on which the origin of life ab initio is greatly more probable than mechanical, undirected ones.

 

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*”Infective” as in “life reached the earth as an ‘infection’ from another planet.”

 

One Reply to “Crick and Orgel on Why Other OOL Theories Should be Considered

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    harry says:

    Crick understood that there was no undirected natural mechanism that could have assembled the massive quantities of extremely precise, functionally complex, digitally stored information in the coding regions of the DNA molecule, which are basically the assembly instructions for the cellular machinery necessary for metabolism and reproduction, and for the cellular machinery that utilizes those instructions. So, rather than admit the obvious, which is that intelligent agency is the only known source of such information, he decided to ship the problem off to some other planet where, presumably, lifeless matter is a lot smarter than it is here on planet Earth.

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