The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

It's Alive!!!

We (that is people) created life. Specifically, this guy created life.

That's right. Artificial life. Why this was not front page news I have no idea. This is huge!

I anxiously await the hysterical reaction from the religious right.

3 Comments:

  • Very interesting. That quote of his at the end of the article, "we are trying to create a new value system for life" was kind of weird though.

    Could this actually strengthen the creationist's argument? It could go something like, "The only way we know for sure how to create life is through the design and manufacture of that life by another being. Therefore, given the current evidence, life on Earth was most likely created by another being." Also, they could argue that being created in the maker's image means having the same abilities, like creating life.

    I really don't know anything serious about evolution. It wasn't really taught in school, other than Darwin's finch observation and natural selection with moths in England. I mean, I will certainly agree that there is a wealth of evidence to support the ascertion that humans evolved out of some ape-like type species.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM  

  • oops, I meant to end the comment with:

    "But how come there isn't more of a publicized debate about how the first speck of life started?" Maybe now it will be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:01 PM  

  • The thing about evolution is that it doesn't speak to the origins of life, just the progression of life. The origin is still somewhat of a mystery.

    Your point reminds me of something that occurred to me one time. We're relatively close to creating computers capable of passing the "Turing Test" meaning they're self aware and intelligent, like us. If we can do that, we can probably create whole worlds of these beings, and if we can do that, we can probably do it close to an infinite number of times.

    This means that for any given "real world" it can produce millions of "artificial worlds" which, from the inside are indistinguishable from the "real" world. That means that for any random intelligent being, it is far more likely that it exists in a computer than in a real world.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 6:03 PM  

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