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Reminder: James Tour’s lecture at Andrew’s University, September 10 10:00 aM in Britain…

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Scientists are Clueless on the Origin of Life | Lecture @ Andrews University

We are reminded that viewers can chat in the combox while the vid is playing.

In the meantime, here’s The Science & Faith Podcast – James Tour and Fritz Schaefer: The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God (Aug 24, 2020):

Hat tip: Philip Cunningham

A few years ago here at UD one of our regular interlocutors who was arguing with me about the ID explanation for origin of life pointed out:
the inference from that evidence to intelligence being involved is really indirect. You don’t have any other evidence for the existence of an intelligence during the times it would need to be around.
I responded,
“We have absolutely no evidence as to how the first self-replicating living cell originated abiogenetically (from non-life). So following your arbitrarily made-up standard that’s not a logical possibility, so we shouldn’t even consider it. As the saying goes, ‘sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.’”
When you argue that life originated by some “mindless natural process,” that is not an explanation of how. Life is not presently coming into existence abiogenetically, so if such process existed in the past it no longer exists in the present. Therefore you are committing the same error which you accuse ID’ists of committing. That’s a double standard, is it not? john_a_designer
Wow, what an amazing presentation! -Q Querius
@2: I apologize for my deep ignorance. I mistakenly thought that the reference was about this Scottish university: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/ jawa
Andrews University? Isn’t that just north of Edinburgh? Did Dr Cronin drive from Glasgow to watch Dr Tour? jawa
Trailer to lecture:
Dr. Tour Speaks: Molecules Don't Care About Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAga9GDUXl4

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