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All cultures have developed stories to explain the origin of life. During medieval ages, for example, European scholars argued that small creatures such as insects, amphibians, and mice appeared by "spontaneous generation"—natural self-assembly of nonliving ingredients—in old clothes or piles of garbage. Italian physician Francesco Redi challenged this belief , when he showed that maggots come from eggs laid by flies, rather than forming spontaneously from the decaying matter in which they are found. A series of experiments conducted in the 1860s by the French microbiologist Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) also helped to disprove the idea that life originated by spontaneous generation Charles Darwin (1809–1882), the famous English naturalist, suggested that life might have first occurred in "some warm little pond" rich in minerals and chemicals, and exposed to electricity and light. another influential suggestion regarding the origin of life was provided by Russian scientist Aleksandr Oparin (1894–1980) and English scientist J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964)
Question 2: Some of the theories are the "Big Bang theory" that was the formation of the universe 20 billions years ago. Earth formed 4.5 bya. It was found water vapor, hidrogen, nitrogen, amonia, and methane in the atmosphere at first. and the oxygen were not found at first in the atmosphere
Hope that helps with your assignment!
Also for your first question the book of Genesis in the bible could also help :)
Thank you so much! This helped a lot!! And on the last comment about the book of Genesis, that is exactly what I used the first time but my teacher said I had to answer the question as if I agreed with their theory so I have to re-do it... :( Are you a Christian?? :)
Yeah I am and great news that that helped you out a lot!
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That's awesome!!! So am I. :) I wish my teacher would just accept my answer, but oh well... Sucks when the school system gives you an F because you don't agree with their theories... >:(
If the genesis story (notice i used the term "story") was legitimate/factual, it could be an appropriate answer. But, given the subjective/interpretative nature of said text is not falsifiable (meaning it cannot be tested to find whether it's true or not), it is not an accepted explanation for what actually occurred. Additionally, neither the Big bang theory (nor the theory of Evolution) offer an explanation for the origin of life. What you're looking for is "abiogenesis". A good place to start your research is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis.
Yes, that was one of the theories they were asking for. And as for your comment about Creation can't be proven...look around you, there's your proof. You also have to have Faith. The crap they try to teach us in school about where we came from is utter nonsense...I don't know anyone who could actually say it makes sense because it just doesn't. Thank you for your help and the link! I will read it and see if it can help me a little more with answering the question the way my teacher wants to me to answer it. :)
No problem. You should really look into these theories, while they may not be "the truth", they are the closest approximations humans have to reality. "look around you there's proof"? how so? "Faith" is actually the reverse of proof, which involves blind, and unquestionable acceptance of information, that in itself provides not concrete argument for a logical basis of reason. I dislike talking about religion (even more on a biology board), simply because the negation of facts by individuals who claim to know how nature works, yet, they can't even understand natural processes, such as photosynthesis. I hope you don't consider this "an attack", and don't reply to this if you don't want to.
I don't consider it an attack at all. :) What do you believe in exactly or are you agnostic? You don't seem to believe in Creationism or any Scientific theories, from what I observe from your comments above. ^
Lol, thank you.
but arronq has a point :(
Okay, i'm glad you don't, most people immediately categorize any argument against their beliefs "an attack. Thanks for being open-minded. I definitely dont subscribe to any religion, but at the same time, one cannot be sure that there isn't a more powerful, higher entity. Though, i can assert myself that an anthropomorphic idea of a "god" does not exist. And, were certainly not being watched nor judged it.
No, I am very open-minded. We all have our own beliefs and opinions. For people to feel attacked is ridiculous, unless the person they are arguing with is being harsh. I do not agree with either of you. I would say I am sorry, but I am not sorry for having my own beliefs. I won't ever change the way I believe and I wish I could convince you otherwise but you don't seem open to it at the moment. I hope one day you change your mind. :)
Thanks for the optimism. I don't have a problem with people believing what they want, unless it affects me negatively. If it helps people accept death and be better persons, then by all means do it. It's unfortunate that some people don't see it this way.
Well, yeah, santa and other figures are there to create a sense of magic around these things. Most people can accept that these things are implausible as they grow older and delve into logic.
You have to of grown up in a Christian home, like I did, to understand it as well as I do. It is a far cry from being able to even be compared to Santa.
I'm not saying I am some wonderful, perfect Christian...because I am far from it. But I do try. I don't have it all figured out, but I have been a Christian since I was born, thus, I understand the concept of God better than people who don't even believe in Him. Make sense?
I was brought up as a catholic, myself. And, i found the creation story incongruent with the logic used to explain other phenomena. I understand the concept of god people try to extend forth, but it just has so many gaps in reasoning that i can't accept it as being truth or anywhere close to it.
I totally understand where you are coming from. Catholics believe a little bit differently than Christians do though. I don't agree with a lot of the things the Catholic believe in.
There is some variation, but it's very similar. We'll it was nice to have a sensible conversation about this with you. Have a good day.
I enjoyed this conversation as well. Other times when I have tried discussing this topic with others, they became rather vicious with their words. I enjoy talking to people like you, who don't thrash out because they can't change me. Thank you. You have a great day as well! :)