----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Kahn" <dkahn400@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Open discussion among iSeries Users" <cpf0000@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [CPF0000] Using peanut butter to disprove evolution
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 18:19:03 +0100
On 09/04/07, Albert York <albertyork@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
What they do
show is that the organisms that make food go bad do not appear in it
spontaneously but have to get into it from outside, a finding accepted
by all biologists.
Yes, that is obvious. But what does that have to do with evolution?
It was Alan who brought up Pasteur as counter-evidence to evolution.
I'm pointing out that his doing that is nothing more than the childish
peanut butter argument. The fact that a jar of peanut butter is not
found to contain new life unless it gets contaminated does not
disprove evolution. On the contrary it is wholly consistent with it.
As Darwin was aware, complex organisms do not spring into existence
fully formed. They evolve from simpler ones. Abiogenesis at some
distant point in the past is an implication of Darwin's theory that,
as far as I know, he himself declined to speculate on.
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