[Paleopsych] AP: Harvard to investigate origins of life

Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Tue Aug 16 03:26:03 UTC 2005

I can't help but wonder if the Intelligent Design folks were stimulii 
for this project, like "let's prove these folks are crackpots." I 
believe that science is often reactive; I get ideas from objecting to 
something someone else believes. I did a bit of editing to emphasize my 

Premise Checker wrote:

> Harvard to investigate origins of life
> http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apscience_story.asp?category=1501&slug=Harvard%20Evolution 
>    Monday, August 15, 2005 · Last updated 6:03 a.m. PT
>    "My expectation is that we will be able to reduce this to a very
>    simple series of logical events that could have taken place with no
>    divine intervention," said David R. Liu, a professor of chemistry and
>    chemical biology at Harvard.
>    Evolution is a fundamental scientific theory that species evolved over
>    millions of years. It has been standard in most public school science
>    texts for decades but recently re-emerged in the spotlight as
>    communities and some states debated whether school children should
>    also be taught about creationism or intelligent design.
>    The theory of intelligent design says life on earth is too complex to
>    have developed through evolution, implying that a higher power must
>    have had a hand in creation.
>    Harvard has not been seen as a leader in origins of life research, but
>    the university's vast resources could change that perception.
>    "It is quite gratifying to see Harvard is going for a solution to a
>    problem that will be remembered 100 years from now," said Steven
>    Benner, a University of Florida scientist who is one of the world's
>    top chemists in origins-of-life researc
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