Life Began Before the World

A new paper by Staff Scientist Alexei Sharov, of the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, and Theoretical Biologist Richard Gordon, of the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory in Florida, took Moore’s Law and applied it to the complexity in which life on Earth grows to come up with a surprising theory.

Moore’s Law is the observation that technology increases exponentially in complexity at a predicable rate of double the transistors per integrated circuit every couple of years.  Using the law and working backward from the last few years of computational complexity, you will get back to the 1960’s, which was when the first microchip was invented.

Sharov and Gordon, using this same standard with the complexity of life, where able to come to the conclusion that life came into existence long before the Earth itself.  About 5.5 billion years before the Earth.

So even if it’s mathematically possible for life to have existed before Earth did, is it physically possible? Again, Sharov and Gordon said yes, it is. As our solar system was forming, pre-existing bacteria-like organisms, or even simple nucleotides from an older part of the galaxy, could have reached Earth by hitching an interstellar ride on comets, asteroids or other inorganic space debris — a theoretical process called panspermia

Now there is no way for the scientist to know with certainty that organic complexity increased at a stable rate throughout the history of the universe, so they prefer to call the paper a “thought exercise or essay” according to Sharov.

One of the more interesting conclusions from this research is that it goes to debunk the idea of advanced alien life on another world, since all life would develop at the same rate.  What you would find would be aliens who are just as developed as humans in terms of knowledge and ability.

Although some may be skeptical of Sharov and Gordon’s findings, the scientists stand by their conclusions. “Contamination with bacterial spores from space appears the most plausible hypothesis that explains the early appearance of life on Earth,” they argue in the paper, which is published online in the preprint journal Arxiv.

Sharov said that if he had to bet on it, he’d say “it’s 99 percent true that life started before Earth — but we should leave 1 percent for some wild chance that we haven’t accounted for.”

This comes at the same time that Stephen Hawking declares that the Big Bang did not need a god, but that is nothing new.  In his April 16th lecture, Hawking explained how theories about the universe having no beginning or end do not stand up as observations go to show that there was only one big bang.  According to Hawking, time began at the moment of singularity and it is likely that this has only occurred once.  If he is correct, this puts the age of the universe at 13.8 billion years, which is only 3.8 billion years before life began. 

Hawking closed by outlining his “M-theory” which states that multiple universes are created out of nothing, with many possible histories and many possible states of existence.  In only a few of these states would life be possible and even fewer in which human type life could exist.

Now I know there will be those who disagree with me, but I look at this as more proof towards creation than random and uncontrolled evolution from bacteria.

Lee Strobel: Science Points toward Existence of a Creator

Last week, there was an interesting article from the Christian Post about a comparison apologist Lee Strobel makes about the efforts of scientist to explain away a god type/creator figure despite what science is telling us.

You can read the whole article via the link at the bottom, but I wanted to put a few parts here of Strobel making his case.

“There are some scientists that will tell you that the evidence of science points away from a Creator. That it disproves the existence of a Creator,” said the atheist-turned-Christian and former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune.

Strobel continued by giving an example.

“Jerry Coyne thinks so. He’s a University of Chicago professor of ecology and evolution. He said in USA Today: ‘Science and faith are fundamentally incompatible … Science helps religion only by disproving its claims.’ But is that true? Does science point away from a Creator?”

Three areas of science have pointed “powerfully toward the existence of God,” especially with discoveries made over the last 50 years, he said. The areas in which Strobel focused on during his message were cosmology (the study of the universe’s origin), physics, and DNA.

“For centuries scientists believed that the universe always existed, it was eternal, it was always there. But thanks to persuasive, philosophical arguments and scientific discoveries just over the last several decades virtually all scientists are now convinced that the universe had a beginning at some point in the distant past,” he said. “And even though alternative models of the universe have been proposed, the Borde-Guth-Vikenkin Theorem tells us that any universe that is expanding, on average, thru its history, like ours, must have space-time boundary in the past. In other words, it must have had a beginning at some point.”

According to Strobel, one of the scientists that formulated the theorem, physicist Alexander Vilenkin, who is the director Institute of Cosmology at Tufts University, said, “With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past-eternal universe. There is no escape. They have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.”

“Well, you know what? It’s only a problem if you are an atheist, because if there is a beginning to the universe it leads to a very powerful argument for existence of God. It’s called the Kalam Cosmological Argument,” Strobel explained. “It’s very easy, it only takes three steps. First, whatever begins to exist has a cause.

“Can you come up with an example of anything that began to exist that doesn’t have cause? Even David Hume, the famous skeptic said, ‘I never asserted so absurd a proposition as that anything might arise without a cause.'”

The second step in proving the argument is that whatever begins to exist has a cause.

“The universe began to exist. Virtually every scientist now concedes that universe and time itself had beginning,” he said. “So, whatever begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe must have had a cause.”

Strobel continued, “Now what kind of cause can bring a universe into existence? It must be uncaused, because it can’t be an infinite regress of causes. It must be immaterial or spirit, because it existed before the material world. It must be eternal, because it created time. It must be very smart and very powerful, because of the precision and the power with the creation of the universe. It must have personal will, because it needed to have to make the decision to create … So think about this. We have an uncaused, immaterial or spirit, eternal, smart, powerful, personal, one-of-a-kind Creator – that’s a pretty good beginning point for a description of God.”

He pointed out that physicist Dr. Arno Penzias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, showed that the universe had a beginning. Penzias said, “The best data we have (concerning the origin of universe) are exactly what I would have predicted, had I nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms, and the Bible as a whole.”

“So, cosmology goes a long way toward establishing the existence of Creator,” Strobel said.