The origin of life has been one of the deepest deadlocks of Darwinism.
A century of scientific research - and common sense - reveal that there
are no mechanisms or laws in nature to organize simple molecules into
a living cell. In fact as the Second Law of Thermodynamics proposes, the
molecules on Earth would naturally tend to disorganize; which means an
increase in entropy.
Ilya Prigogine is probably the most important scientist of the 20th century
who tried to find a solution to this problem of the evolutionary theory.
His theory of dissipative structures asserted that energy flow into a
system could help it to organize itself in such a manner to create life.
In the last three decades, evolutionists have been using Prigogine's thesis
to argue that life can arise from non-living matter through its inherent
self-organizational properties. The evolutionist objections to our previous
article on the subject, titled Thermodynamics
Falsifies Evolution, has centered on these self-organizational scenarios.
A very recent comment from Ilya Prigogine himself, however, shows that
the evolutionist impasse on the origin of life is still very deep. This
comment comes from a correspondence between Karl Priest of the Intelligent
Design movement and Ilya Prigogine. In his reply to Priest's question
about the origin of life, Prigogine gave this remarkable answer:
Dear Mr. Priest,
The results of my research in thermodynamics were to show
non-equilibrium systems may lead to complex structures. For a recent
account, see my book "Modern Thermodynamics, From Heat Engines to
Dissipative Structures" (D. Kondepudi and I. Prigogine, John Wiley
Chichester, 1998). However, this is still far from a theory of biological
evolution. To my knowledge, we have still not discovered the mechanisms,
which lead to the remarkable adaptation between life, and environments,
which we observe in nature. Darwin's theory remains important but
it is far
from giving a complete answer.
Ilya Prigogine 1
Not surprisingly, Prigogine continues to hope to find evolutionary mechanisms
that will supposedly explain the origin of life. However, he sincerely
admits that no such mechanism has yet been discovered.
We hope that this frank explanation from Prigogine himself may help evolutionists
to get rid of their dogmatism and see nature as it is: There is no known
laws, mechanisms or properties of matter which can explain the origin
of life and its complexity. The scientific evidence clearly points that
an intelligent, purposeful design lies in the origin of life of Earth.