The subtitle is “By means of an intelligent designer”
Readers may recall Grasso from many venues, including an item we published here, “Otangelo Grasso on the difficulties of reasoning with atheists,” which has attracted 121 comments so far.
About Origin of life and the virus world, he writes to tell us,
This book is about one of the deepest unsolved mysteries: The immensely difficult puzzle of the origin of life. Watson and Crick discovered the DNA molecule in the early fifties, and Miller & Urey performed their chemical experiments in 1953, which started the modern era of investigation of the origin of life. Huge sums of money were spent, and incalculable man-hours were invested to solve the mystery of life’s origin, but it did not bring clear answers to the trajectory from non-life to life by unguided natural means.
Investigators have come up with numerous hypotheses, but are even in the dark about having an idea about the trajectory, or a clear model. In popular media, the impression is being nourished, that solving the problem of the origin of life is just a matter of time. “Science is working on it” — so they say. Truth is, there is widespread ignorance and lack of knowledge in regards to the size of the problem — not acknowledged beyond the narrow circle of specialists.
Otangelo Grasso’s work is the result of many years of investigations into biochemistry, and the origin of life. We can now advance Paley’s Watchmaker argument, to the factory maker argument:
Cells have a codified description of themselves in digital form stored in genes and have the machinery to transform that blueprint through information transfer from genotype to phenotype, into an identical representation in analog 3D form, the physical ‘reality’ of that description.
The cause leading to a machine’s and factory’s functionality has only been found in the mind of the engineer and nowhere else.
This book is divided into the following main sections: Cells are chemical factories (Chapter 1), Setting up a framework to investigate the Origin of Life (The Methods [2, 3]) The prebiotic origin of the four building blocks of life (The Materials [4-7]) the origin of biological information storage, transmission, and systems of expression (8) the origin of the Virus world (9), and some notes on why Intelligent Design is the most plausible explanation for the Origin of Life and Viruses (10).
Again, the book is here.
Good thing someone is including the virus world in the discussion.
If readers wish to respond, maybe Otangelo will offer comments below. Some of us would like to know more of his views on the virus world, often avoided in these contexts.