Life isn’t characterized by cyanide, or even nucleotides or lipids or proteins or the host of substrates in living things. The essence of life is information — the gigabytes of information in the genetic code in DNA, the astonishingly complex molecular machinery of cellular metabolism, the intricate orchestration of the physiology of higher organisms, and the immaterial power of rational thought and free will in man. The material components of living things are merely the substrate in which this elegant information is stored and expressed. And information always originates in a mind.
“Astrobiologists” who search for life’s origin in cyanide in meteorites or in any material substrate are fools blinded by materialist ideology.:Michael Egnor, “Astrobiology: Searching for the Origin of Life, In All the Wrong Places” at Evolution News and Science Today
Actually, the researchers are not so dumb when you consider that looking for chance events attracts the grants. Little else would.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips – What we do and don’t know about the origin of life
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