Older and More Noble Than Religion Can Make It

SHARE:

By ~Yakrider ~

--And now for something completely ennobling.

I was recently up on the American Physical Society website (phys.org), a hard-science site, and ran across an interesting thought exercise that, in my opinion, presents the possibility of sending religious pundits back before the stone age. It posits the idea that Life may have begun long before Earth became habitable or even hospitable to life. They pointedly ask what this might mean to religion.

Article here: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-law-life-began-earth.html

It's a fairly technical article, so be forewarned.

The researchers were working with Moore's Law --a law that has to do with predicting the increasing complexity of computer systems over time. It says that the complexity of computer systems grows in an exponential fashion as time goes forward. (As it happens, the law is both accurate and can be demonstrated.)

They applied the law to another complex system: Life. Life has become more complex over time and had to start somewhere. Working with known genetic measurements they were able to determine that (when applying Moore's Law and counting backwards in time) in order for Life to become as complex as it is today, Life would have had to have started several billion years before the origin of Earth. 10 billion years, in fact. Earth is measured as having begun 4.5 billion years ago.

What it means is that if Life had origins five-and-a-half billion years before Earth was even around, it could mean that Life originated elsewhere and that means that religion's ideas about the meaning of life and meaning of existence itself comes into question. That's because their ideas around these matters are firmly based on the terrestrial origin of Life for certain purposes that only their mythical writings support.

If Life originated 10 billion years ago, and not on this planet as the religious believe, then all "young Earth" beliefs, all forms of "creationism" and it's untintelligent stepchild "intelligent design" can no longer be supported and are dusted away in several sweeps of the Cosmic Hour Hand.

I liked the article because it is another example of using the tools at hand to look at Life with a view that is unrestricted and undistorted by controlling mythology. It gives me a chance to think of Life in a much more favorable light: Life is very old. Life is very resilient. Life matters. Life should be celebrated if for no other reasons than those.

The article reaffirmed how glad I am to be a part of this very interesting and noble thing called Life.

~YakRider

--Attribution to phys.org, where the article that I am referencing originated.

COMMENTS

A. Uiet Bhor,8,Agnosticator,9,Al Wm Johnson,3,Alegria,3,Alen Basic,1,American Apostate,3,Andrew Jasko,3,Anne R Keye,6,AnonAgno94,4,Apostate Paul,3,Articles,843,Aspieguy,12,Astreja,19,Atheist Dad,1,atheistnurse,10,AtheistToothFairy,6,Avangelism Project,7,Ben Love,68,Bill J,17,billybee,10,BlackFreethought,11,Bob Keye,3,Bob P,9,Bob R,5,boomSlang,2,Bore Venal Charlatan,2,Brian B,5,Brian Kellogg,8,Brisancian,3,Brother Jeff,9,Bruce Gerencser,2,Bruno Corey,1,Butch,2,C. T. Ogden,4,Calladus,5,Carl S,367,Carol Putnam,2,Carolyn Hyppolite,10,Cecelia,4,Cheryl Ensom Dack,6,Chris Highland,1,Chris W.,1,Christian Agnostic,2,Christmas,66,ChuckyJesus,7,ConversationsWithA,1,D. R. Khashaba,6,DagoodS,17,Daniel Morgan,2,Daniel out of the Lion's Den,15,Daniel Payne,1,Dano,28,darklady,7,Dave8,1,DealDoctor,29,Dennis Diehl,1,Dethblight,6,dharma,4,Discordia,4,DocMIke,30,Doubting Thomas,2,Doug John,1,Dr. Marlene Winell,41,Dr. Valerie Tarico,215,DRC,2,dswrites,2,Easter,32,EChamberlainMD,12,Ed (Teapot),2,Eric Jeffries,2,eveningmeadows,13,Evid3nc3,4,ex-Pastor Dan,25,exfundy,8,exPenty,8,Faithfool,2,Feature,6,Fernando Alcántar,5,freddieb42,2,freeatlast,6,Freethinking Okie,1,Gabe,3,Gary T. McDonald,1,God-O-Rama,6,Godlessgrrl,5,Greenworld,4,hellboundsoul,3,Houndies,3,Ian,14,illu minati,2,Incongruous Circumspection,11,J.C. Samuelson,25,J.W.,2,JadedAtheist,2,Jake Rhodes,3,James A. Haught,4,James C,4,Jazzybelle,3,Jennifer,3,Jody,5,John Blatt,8,John Botha,1,John Draper,26,John Fraysse,7,John Loftus,26,John Shores,26,Kalos,4,Karen Garst,31,Kevin Parry,1,Klym,24,Larry C,5,Larry Spencer,5,Letters,151,Libby Anne,3,Log1cd1ctat3s,2,Lorena,16,Luke,1,lungfish,1,Micah_Cowan,3,Michael Runyan,32,Michael Sherlock,5,Mriana,38,MtlRedAtheist,8,News,271,Nikki,1,Nvrgoingbk,7,NYdiva,2,ooglyman,2,Opinion,968,Patrice,2,Paul So,26,Philippe Orlando,3,Philonous,1,Politics,59,Positivist,5,Psy-Cop,1,psychman33,5,Rational Okie,3,Renoliz,10,Rev Ex-Evangelist,7,RickO,3,Robert Conner,8,Ronna Russell,12,RubySera,1,Rudy,4,Russ Hamel,2,SailerFraud,5,Sam Singleton,5,Science,105,SConner,2,SeageVT,3,Shaolin,4,Sharon,3,Simplex Munditiis,3,Son of a preacher,5,Stephen F. Uhl,4,Steve Dustcircle,4,Stillunsure,4,Stronger Now,3,summerbreeze,33,Susan G. Bonella,3,Tania,22,tekHedd,2,Testimonials,1907,Thanksgiving,8,The New Heretics,4,The STeWpId MoNkEy,4,The Thylacine,2,TheThinkingAtheist,5,Thin-ice,5,ThinkTank,5,Thomas,1,Tim Simmons,22,Tim Sledge,4,Tim Whistorn,2,Tim Wolf,1,TinMan,1,True Anathema,4,TruthSurge,11,Tyrone Williams,5,u,1,Ubi Dubium,4,undercover agnostic,24,unoder,7,Vadarama,2,Victor J Webster,2,Videos,433,Vyckie,11,Webmdave,85,WidePathGirl,2,WizenedSage,158,xrayman,6,xxkindofboredxx,2,Zach Moore,13,
ltr
item
ExChristian.Net: Older and More Noble Than Religion Can Make It
Older and More Noble Than Religion Can Make It
Life began before the Earth existed
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9khqSAL1Lsc/UYTO_XVGR-I/AAAAAAAAGzs/eeXCvZRc5PQ/s320/lifecontemplate.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9khqSAL1Lsc/UYTO_XVGR-I/AAAAAAAAGzs/eeXCvZRc5PQ/s72-c/lifecontemplate.jpg
ExChristian.Net
https://new.exchristian.net/2013/05/older-and-more-noble-than-religion-can.html
https://new.exchristian.net/
https://new.exchristian.net/
https://new.exchristian.net/2013/05/older-and-more-noble-than-religion-can.html
true
1266985040290242663
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy