Thursday, November 7, 2013

More Amazing Stuff on Evolution and Life

I found this thought exercise applying Moore's Law for computer science to biology to be fascinating.

If you read this article, you will see that in doing so, the evolution of life as we know it should have taken 10 billion years.  The interesting issue is, the earth is only 4.5 billion years old.

Now, this study assumes one can actually apply Moore's law to biology.  It's a huge, huge assumption--one that would actually take quite a bit of study to confirm.  This is why the researchers themselves call it a thought experiment.

Given this though, the thought experiment actually does confirm something biologists have known--natural selection and genetic mutation are not adequate to describe the evolutionary process.  The process has been too fast even given the age of the earth.

See, as a paleontologist described the events on earth:

For 2 billion years, there was no life.  None.  Zip.  Nada.

Then, we had bacteria form.  Pond scum was how he described it.

Pond scum reigned for 2 billion years.

Then, in the space of 500 million years--a cosmological blink of an eye, we go from pond scum to human beings.  Of course, this leaves out the complexity of the dinosaurs and the 99% of species who once roamed the earth which are now extinct.

Even Moore's Law cannot account for such complexity arising out of, well, nothing.

Cosmic chance evolution is so rapid?  Guided evolution? 

Chance isn't reasonable.

Perhaps there are other mechanisms at play that science hasn't discovered yet.  When they do...if they do...I am sure they will be absolutely amazing and fascinating and give one more display of God's handiwork in creation.

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