Theory of the Origin of Life
Theory of the Origin of Life - How Do Scientists Explain it?
Do scientists have a theory of the origin of life? Evolutionary theory of the origin of life is the foundation of today's scientific worldview, teaching that organic life sprung from non-organic matter exclusively through a natural mechanistic process on a pre-biotic earth. That original life form then evolved into more complex life forms through a natural process of random mutations and natural selection.
In a nutshell, the majority scientific hypothesis is that matter randomly acting on matter for a sufficient period of time created anything that we see.
Theory of the Origin of Life – What About the Origin of DNA?
We now know that the origin of life required the origin of DNA, the genetic blueprints underlying the form and function of every cell in an organism. In the human, DNA is comprised of 3 billion precise "letter" sequences, which, when read together, form a perfect set of coded instructions. When compared to a written work of Shakespeare, most of us agree that such coded information cannot be created by accident.
The “Monkey Theorem” is a popular device used by evolutionary scientists to defend the idea that DNA code could arise by chance, given enough time—similar to a bunch of monkeys pounding away on typewriters and eventually delivering a Shakespearean sonnet.
Remarkably, the British National Council of Arts tested the Monkey Theorem by actually placing six monkeys and a computer in a cage for a month. At the end of the experiment, the monkeys had produced about 50 pages of letters, but not a single word. Indeed, the shortest words in English are “a” and “I”, but those require a space on either side of the letter to be considered a word. Assuming a very simple keyboard with 30 keys (26 letters, a space bar, a period, a comma, and a question mark), the odds of getting a one-letter word is one chance in 27,000 (30 x 30 x 30).
That’s one letter with two spaces… What about a Shakespearean sonnet?
Check this out from Gerald Schroeder, Israeli scientist and author of The Science of God:
“All sonnets are the same length. They’re by definition fourteen lines long. I picked the one I knew the opening line for, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” I counted the number of letters; there are 488 letters in that sonnet. What’s the likelihood of hammering away and getting 488 letters in the exact sequence as in “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” What you end up with is 26 multiplied by itself 488 times – or 26 to the 488th power. Or, in other words, in base 10, 10 to the 690th.
“Now the number of particles in the universe—not grains of sand, I’m talking about protons, electrons, and neutrons—is 10 to the 80th. Ten to the 80th is 1 with 80 zeros after it. Ten to the 690th is 1 with 690 zeros after it. There are not enough particles in the universe to write down the trials; you’d be off by a factor of 10 to the 600th.”
“After hearing Schroeder’s presentation, I told him that he had very satisfactorily and decisively established that the “monkey theorem” was a load of rubbish, and that it was particularly good to do it with just a sonnet; the theorem is sometimes proposed using the works of Shakespeare or a single play, such as Hamlet. If the theorem won’t work for a single sonnet, then of course it’s simply absurd to suggest that the more elaborate feat of the origin of life could have been achieved by chance.”