Retrievals by Pat Darnell
1953 through 1965-ish and Now
The Short Answer:
Formation of the building blocks of Life, DNA, discovered in 1953, is possibly directed by a vastly superior life form. If the properties of matter (i.e., the medium) do not suffice to explain the origin of information, what does?
In studying an object, or event, like the origin of biological life on earth, the basic approach of Intelligent Design Theory, IDT, means to apply what are essentially three key areas of questioning:
- 1. Contingency - did it have to happen?
- 2. Complexity - did it happen by accident?
- 3. Specification - did an intelligent agent cause it to happen?
" ... [T]he discovery of Francis Crick and James Dewey Watson. ... DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, is the foundational molecule of every lifeform on earth. Any single human DNA contains the information to direct all the one hundred trillion cells in the human body. It also has the capability of both reproducing and repairing itself.
It is a molecular chain of approximately one billion nucleotides (combination strings of four specific chemicals which function like computer code; explained a bit more here.)"
"Francis Crick's work with DNA afforded him knowledge and observations unavailable to previous evolutionists.
Specifically, Crick: "
- knew of the astonishing complexity of DNA,
- researched and confirmed the absence of evidence for a primordial soup,
- observed that life appears suddenly and with complexity in the fossil record, and
- confirmed the absence of any fossil evidence for transitional forms of life. (SOURCE)
Theory: ... directed panspermia ::
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clark
"A commonsense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature." - FredHoyle
IDT and the origin of DNA
"DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, is the foundational molecule of every lifeform on earth; it's a molecular chain approximately one billion nucleotides in length.Summary:
"A nucleotide is essentially a string of four specific chemicals;
- and thymine (or A, C, G, and T). (SOURCE)"
DNA is similar to binary code, only using combinations of four characters instead of two. The order in which the four chemicals appear on any given nucleotide strand, likewise, is not controlled by any law or property of chemistry.
"Stephen C. Meyer confirms, 'Because chemical bonds do not determine the arrangement of nucleotide bases, the nucleotides can assume a vast array of possible sequences and thereby express many different biochemical messages.'"
For Arguments' Sake:
1. Life cannot have arisen by chance,
2. Mutations do not add to a cell's genetic code to improve it,
3. Multiple life forms do indeed exist which are irreducibly complex,
4. The appearance of animal types in the fossil record do not follow an inverted pyramid, but began simultaneously in the Cambrian explosion,
5. Animal species are not ever-widening but actually falling off, and...
6. There are absolutely no transitional forms in any fossil record.(SOURCE)