On Origin of Life, Chemist James Tour Has Successfully Called These Researchers’ Bluff

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Tour issued his challenge in reply to the false claims made by YouTubers, like Dave Farina, about how these hurdles to life’s origin had been fully addressed. Source
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Irreducibly Complex, Bacterial Cell Wall Manufacture Is an Evolutionary Enigma

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Evolutionary processes cannot select for some future utility that is only realized after passing through a maladaptive intermediate. Source
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Origin of Life: Cambridge Astrochemist Paul Rimmer Analyzes the Tour-Farina Debate

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The differing perspectives of Tour and Rimmer result from the differences in their starting assumptions. Source
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Sean Carroll: “How Could an Immaterial Mind Affect the Body?”

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Aristotle noted that when we think carefully about natural causes we see that there are four distinct ways that causes can lead to effects in nature. Source
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A Mystery: Prebiotic Synthesis of Simple Organic Monomers

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In 2010, University College London biochemist Nick Lane stated the primordial soup theory “doesn’t hold water” and is “past its expiration date.” Source
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New Animation on Topoisomerase Demonstrates Irrationality of Denying Design Evidence in Biology

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Replication or transcription of DNA stresses the macromolecule, resulting in supercoiling. Topoisomerase II relieves the stress. Source
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Long Story Short — Did Purely Natural Processes Produce Biopolymers?

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Science provides a clear expectation of what natural processes produce, and what we observe in the biopolymers of life is dramatically unexpected.  Source
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Purifying Bad Results: How Origin-of-Life Researchers Cheat via “Relay Synthesis”

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This is not a question of scale — even if the “chemist’s flask” were the entire Earth. Source
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