Janice Boekhoff
 

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Have you ever heard the term abiogenesis? It refers to the possibility of life coming from non-life. Not exactly like your iPad popping out eyeballs and asking for lunch, but similar.

In the 1800’s, people used to believe in abiogenesis (also known as spontaneous generation) mainly because of fruit flies. One minute their house was free of the little pests and the next they were swarming all over the fruit. The common wisdom was that fruit flies generated themselves spontaneously.

2551040609_f8a150b10f_sKind of crazy, I know, but people really believed this until Louis Pasteur completed his famous experiment in 1859 showing microorganisms existed and that some were airborne. He conclusively demonstrated that life comes from life, at the same time falsifying the idea of abiogenesis (life from non-life).

Every scientist today believes abiogenesis (this kind of spontaneous generation) is false … unless we’re taking about evolution. Even though, we’ve never seen an example of spontaneous generation, many people believe in it as the source of life because evolution demands it. Obviously, life had to come from somewhere. Either you believe a living creator breathed life into inanimate materials or you believe in abiogenesis—a principle proven false over a hundred years ago.

Is the idea of a living creator somehow more crazy than the idea of spontaneous generation? What do you believe?

 

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Photo Credit: Louis Pasteur: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/25053835@N03/2551040609″>Portrait of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Chemist</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/”>(license)</a>

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