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Life is rare in the universe—IF there is no design

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Astrobiologists at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute argue in a recent paper that alien life must be very rare if we assume classic, essentially Darwinian, evolution as the only possible history. But what if the universe is fine-tuned to produce life, as biochemist Michael Denton argues? Then it may be common:

In short, the Oxford group’s basic contention is that, in a universe that is a bit over 13 billion years old, on a planet that is roughly 4.5 billion years old, it took all this time for random processes of evolution to result in life forms like ourselves that scan the skies for other civilizations. Then the likelihood of such a favorable series of chance events happening often—or maybe ever again— is slim.

But wait. What if evolution is not random? In Miracle of the Cell (2020), biochemist Michael Denton argues that even the elements that make up our universe are fine-tuned to produce life. If he is right, life could, of course, have gotten started in many other parts of our universe, using the same elements and following the same general patterns and laws. Here’s a free excerpt from the book.

News, “Does the slow pace of evolution mean that extraterrestrial life is rare?” at Mind Matters News

It would make a lot of sense for astrobiologists to be fans of intelligent design theory. Eventually, they will fall and hit their heads and realize that.

See also: New sky catalog reveals most likely sites for alien technology. Exotica lists phenomena for which conventional natural explanations don’t seem to work well. Advanced extraterrestrials might leave a “technosignature,” visible only as a strange phenomenon in space.

Matter is fine-tuned to ALLOW FOR life. It is not necessarily fine-tuned to produce life. Big difference there. JVL, A good question, but a historical question, not one involving anything we could replicate and learn anything from. (What I mean is if we created life from scratch, we couldn't verify that the creator did it that way also.) But the question does inspire thought. EDTA
Astrobiologists? Hadn't heard of the discipline. Turns out NASA hires lots of astrobiologists and is putting serious money into the effort. https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ But why does this justify taxpayer money? What's the goal? What problem are we trying to solve? I can't think of any real problem, except Bezos's need to establish a colony elsewhere so he won't have to breathe Deplorable cooties (aka "viruses"). Why are the rest of us subsidizing the genocidal OCD of our elite monsters? polistra
There is a question I've been mulling about for a while. It has to do with irreducible complexity . . . I'll pick the bacterial flagellum. IF the bacterial flagellum is irreducibly complex and therefore intelligently designed then . . . If we could witness the very first appearance of a bacterial flagellum then what would we see? That is, would one all of a sudden appear? Would it be built piece-by-piece according to DNA sequences? If the second then would we have witnessed the DNA suddenly change at some point or . . . JVL
Life is IMPOSSIBLE without Intelligent Design. ET

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