Alien life is out there, some claim but how? Astrobiologists are in the process of trying to figure out what life is in the first place. What a major dilemma this is which has nothing to fall back on because it has no observable current examples of life emerging from nature, nor any life emerging in a lab but yet we find these scientists trying to find supposed alien life forms where some have declared we are not alone, however they really blowing smoke because they have no clue on what to look for.
In a current edition of Astrobiology which is free for viewing, it focuses on this very problem. David Deamer from UC Santa Cruz, raises a question if it’s even possible to come up with a definition of life. Tirard, Morange and Lazcano put it this way…
“The many attempts made to reduce the nature of living systems to a single living compound imply that life can be so well defined that the exact point at which it started can be established with the sudden appearance of the first replicating molecule,” they said; “On the other hand, if the emergence of life is seen as the stepwise (but not necessarily slow) evolutionary transition between the non-living and the living, then it may be meaningless to draw a strict line between them…“We remain lamentably ignorant about major portions of the processes that preceded life.”
After more than 150 years of research, they are in the dark, but of course keep the faith, someday it will be revealed to them. It’s very evident from their writings, “In this view life would be the “evolutionary outcome of a process and not of a single, fortuitous event.” This contradicts what was said in a previous paragraph where they state, “there is a major distinction between purely physical-chemical evolution and natural selection, which is one of the hallmarks of biology.” The implication here is suggesting a system could reach a certain point where it able to replicate its information thus natural selection wouldn’t be required. Let’s start with some real science that actually makes sense, shall we? David Anderson writes…
“The physical world that we live in – is actually mathematical. That is, it can, at many fundamental levels, be described by mathematics. At school most of us probably learnt Newton’s equations. Surely everyone has heard of the most famous and elegant statement of all, about the interchangeability of matter and energy, Einstein’s E = mc². In fact, the whole subject of physics can be thought of in this way: attempting to describe the physical world as a mathematical equation. Physicists all over the world are looking for the “holy grail” of physics: a single equation to describe reality.”
“Hence, whilst mathematics is an abstract pursuit, it is absolutely not an irrelevant abstract pursuit. Mathematics is the “language of physics” – the language of the world we live and move in. This is very interesting, because maths is something that depends on our minds. In the physical world, we can throw a ball into the air. Newton’s motion equations are entirely abstract; you can’t go anywhere in the world and find an his second law, locked up in a cage somewhere: they exist only in the mind of an intelligent being. Nevertheless, those equations elegantly describe what the ball does in the real world.”
For “the atheist mathematician, [he] has to go about his work doing who-knows-what, for reasons who-knows-why” which is a great analogy that sums up exactly whats going on in the world of trying to research evolution, in this case looking for a definition on the origin of life on earth in order to use it for trying to find other life forms on various planets which are extremely limited in observing.
Exploration of space is amazing, more should be done in this area! The Cassini mission is a prime example of collecting a host of great discoveries that have verified biblical creationism but guessing on whether or not there is life on other planets may be interesting for a science fiction movie but falls way short on relevance, the grant money could be used elsewhere.