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Abiogenesis: The Faith and the Facts
Lecture by Dr. Edward T. Peltzer

Dr. Edward T. Peltzer

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A-bio-genesis = non biological beginning

For over 50 years scientists have been searching for the chemical origin of life?a purely naturalistic explanation of how life began.?In this lecture held at the University of California Santa Barbara, chemist Edward Peltzer explains that we have four options to consider and test:

1. Life is the result of unguided chemical reactions and random processes
2. Life is the result of purposeful physical laws and initial conditions
3. The laws of nature and fine-tuning of the initial conditions are sufficient to account for the origin of life
4. natural processes alone prohibit the origin of life

After reviewing the evidence for each option Peltzer comes to the conclusion that chemical cross-reactions, including the Maillard reaction, would have prevented a purely naturalistic origin of life. His research thus supports the Law of Biogenesis, that life proceeds only from pre-existing life.?He concludes that the biological cell is an irreducibly complex structure and that abiogenesis is a myth of modern science and a faith proposition of those that maintain that only naturalistic explanations should be considered in explaining our ultimate origins.

Peltzer reveals overwhelming evidence that life is not the result of unguided chemistry and random processes, but fears that like the alchemists of old, materialist researchers will press on trying to turn non-life into life despite the evidence.

Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including Q and A) Recorded at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006

About the Speaker

Edward Peltzer is a Senior Research Specialist at an oceanographic research institute. He received his B.S in Chemistry from Bucknell University (1972) and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1979). Since 1996 he has been the Associate Editor of Marine Chemistry, and is currently a member of Americal Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, American Scientific Affiliation, and the Oceanography Society. As a graduate student in the 1970s Peltzer developed ground-breaking chemical techniques for analyzing hydroxycarboxylic acids in the Murchison Meteorite which yielded important information in origin of life research. Original research articles for the real "hard-core" students of prebiotic chemistry:

1. Peltzer, E. T. and J. L. Bada (1978). alpha-Hydroxycarboxylic acids in the Murchison Meteorite. Nature 272: 443-444.
2. Peltzer, E. T., J. L. Bada, G. Schlesinger, and S. L. Miller (1984). The chemical conditions on the parent body of the Murchison meteorite: some conclusions based on amino, hydroxy and dicarboxylic acids. Advances in Space Research 4: 69-74.
3. Miller, S. L. (1953). A production of amino acids under possible primitive earth conditions. Science 117: 528.
4. Miller, S. L. (1955). Production of some organic compounds under possible primitive earth conditions. J. American. Chemical. Society. 77: 2351-2361.
5. Miller, S. L. (1957). The mechanism of synthesis of amino acids by electric discharges. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 23: 480-489.
6. Miller, S. L. and H. C. Urey (1959). Organic compound synthesis on the primitive earth. Science 130: 245-251.
7. Miller, S. L., et al. (1972). Prebiotic synthesis of hydrophobic and protein amino acids. Proceedings National Academy of Science, USA 69: 765-768.
8. Miller, S. L., et al. (1972). Nonprotein amino acids from spark discharges and their comparison with the Murchison Meteorite amino acids. Proceedings National Academy of Science, USA 69: 809-811.


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