… except that they support naturalism (materialism)
No one in their right mind would take the field—as we have seen it unfold—seriously for any other purpose.
So, what really drives origin-of-life research?:
Whether a field is considered “science” or “pseudoscience” now often depends principally on its relationship to naturalist ideology, not on whether it advances our understanding. What exactly have speculations about the multiverse contributed to science, for example? Today, in fact, evidence-based and reality-based thinking are seen not as tools or guides but as obstacles to the quest to make the multiverse real, at least in our minds — possibly the only place it ever can be real.
Origin-of-life research provides another classic illustration. Our survey of the field has turned up crowds of conflicting theories churning a largely disputed fact base.
But does it need to be this way?
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (origin of life)
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