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The Miller and Urey Chemical Evolution
Experiment Fails to Explain Our Origin


The idea that simple chemical components — those existing on a primitive earth — were in some way the progenitors of larger compounds that in turn lead to increasingly complex building stages, next on to cells, and then the life forms we see today... all this... is not a new idea. But in historical terms, this concept was not fully tested or explored until scientists tried to mimic the primitive conditions in the laboratory. Can we put our origin to a test!

The now famous Miller and Urey experiment, conducted in 1953, was among many approaches to come. Their work tested the theory of a chemical evolution. This was in reality an attempt to demonstrate a possible chemical means explaining our origin.

Without going into specifics here... we do that elsewhere within the WindowView... the Miller and Urey experiment was not so much a demonstration of possible chemical origins as it was the demonstration for the presence of intelligence and design — in this case originating from the scientists themselves. Their experiment was not only designed, but designed in favor of success... thus trapping chemicals that may or may not have remained stable and persistent in a primitive setting. This very simple point is so often lost in the excitement of such a scientific demonstration. Yes, their laboratory trial produced more complex chemicals from simpler starter compounds... but with the aid of a cold trap they selectively captured the end products of their experiment. Where in nature are such traps found? Perhaps only where an intelligent agent decides such a trap is needed, much like what Miller and Urey designed into their experiment.

Today, we are no closer to plausible explanations for a chemical origin to life. There seem no theories that are even close to a certainty for how a chemical evolution could have come about. Too many physical and chemical problems have presented a barrier that no one has been able to surmount. The idea that design has something to do with our being here is the point we are stressing here. Within the WindowView we provide many other evidences — from many other angles — that all add up to life's origin as the result of and a cause based on intelligence. It's not by chance or some random process.

If you are yet to explore the idea that our origin is by an intelligence at work and evidence comes in the form of of design, then we invite you to visit our Science Area. These ideas are key to understanding a major portion of the WindowView. All this is important to understanding our being here!

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  • Various sources were used to develop this time line. Where possible dates are cross checked or events are placed in relative position. Many of the dates used above come from the following references:
  • Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum)
  • Ayers, Ed. 1999. God's Last Offer - Negotiating for a Sustainable Future. (A)
  • Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G., Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum) (New edition 2003)
  • Graham, Billy. 1992. Storm Warning. Published by: W Publishing Group (formerly Word Publishing)
  • Grun, Bernard. 1991. The Timetables of History - A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. New Third Revised Edition. Based on Werner Stein's Kulturfahrplan. A Touchstone Book:New York. (G)
  • Ice, T., and R. Price. 1989. Ready to Rebuild — The Imminent Plant to Rebuild the Last Days Temple. (IP)
  • Infoplease.com (Info) http://www.infoplease.com/
  • H. Lindsey. 1973. There's A New World Coming. Bantam Books. (Lindsey)
  • Randall Price. 2001 Unholy War. (P)
  • Dr. G. Schroeder with Z. Levitt. Genesis One. Levitt Ministries (see note in graphic box at top of this table for details).
  • SciNews: Science News is a science news weekly generally obtained by subscription, also see: http://www.sciencenews.org/
  • Web (Internet): Occasionally we find what appear as reliable, but formally unpublished, sources on the Internet. As such these entries remain to be fully confirmed. In many cases this information is found to agree with the remainder of the timeline and the published sources used here.
  • Zondervan Corporation. 1985. The NIV Study Bible. Zondervan Bible Publishers:Grand Rapids.

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