Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Meteorites Challenge ET Life

Naturalistic theories cannot explain the origin of life. Michelangelo: The Creation of Adam. (ca. 1511). Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Finding life in outer space is becoming increasingly difficult. For a long time, researchers had assumed that the meteorites found in the Tagish Lake in Canada were evidence for extraterrestrial life. They thought that since most of the amino acids discovered in these meteorites were left-handed, life could spontaneously arise from non-life in space.

Molecules are either left-handed or right-handed. Life on Earth is almost exclusively built on left-handed amino acids.

However, new observations are challenging the naturalistic dreams of life without a giver of life. Research suggests that these left-handed amino acids are not evidence of the origin of life.

Harald Steininger, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute, says that although a swimming pool was full of left-handed amino acids, it would still not be alive. An unbridgeable gulf separates amino acids from the origin of life.

Extremely fine-tuned intelligent design is needed for the origin of life. The best theory that we know of is the one outlined in the Book of Genesis: ”In the beginning, God created”.


Guttridge, Nicola. 2012. Meteorite's left-handed molecules a blow to ET search. New Scientist (1 August).