More scientific claptrap

I watched an article the other day about an American spacecraft that had travelled to an asteroid and snatched a handful of dust from its surface and brought it safely back to Earth. Well, they were waiting for it to safely land in the middle of the Utah desert. The flight had taken 7 years to achieve, flying out there and back, and the astronomical scientist commenting on the programme was very excited, arguing it could give us insights into the origins of life. Might give us insights into the origins of life. They might find amino acids – and there’s the claptrap.

In an attempt to silence the Bible thumpers in America in the mid to late 1950s an experiment was created to find if- when the right chemicals were present – the presence of great electrical power would create within the soup the correct conditions for the development of life.

And lo, the American scientists proved it to be the case. They found Amino acids in the samples, after a suitable amount of time, feeding electric shocks through the mix, had passed.

And there it was. Life had clearly begun in a chemical soup under the conditions geologists suggested had existed in some far distant past. Thunderstorms and earth quakes.

On his deathbed one of the scientists admitted they had falsified the results by contaminating the liquid with amino acids they had placed there to be discovered.

Now I have no love of Bible thumpers and evangelicals who declare that every word in the Bible is the very word of God and must be understood – well usually it is in the way they choose to interpret the words themselves. I once had a man stand on my doorstep and tell me that Adam was the wisest man on Earth. The argument ran that he must be so because, when God presented him with the animals he got all their names right.

Well I figured – if he was the first man on Earth then it stands to reason he was the wisest man around. Also, if he guessed the names of the animals, since no-one else was there to have named the animals, it is inevitable that the names he gave them were the right ones. But, I wondered, in which language had he named them? I did not ask.

Inevitably these were Americans trying to befuddle me and convert me to their hapless, hopeless religion. When these types called again at my door years later I told them I did not want their publication and that anyway I was a devil worshipper. They didn’t call again.

But to return to the scientific claptrap of the title of this piece.

The scientist was still trying to tell us that unaffiliated amino acids would somehow form living cells. Cluster together for no good reason and create a living thing that was capable of replicating itself. I have argued this point before but it bears repeating.

No life form, even the most simple – a virus which depends on other cells’ mechanics to replicate itself and its genes – develops without a cell wall around it. Life evolves within the cell body. A mud puddle on the edge of the sea in the middle of a thunderstorm does not constitute a cell wall. No matter how long ago it was. (Science likes to stultify the mind’s capacity to think rationally by quoting unimaginably high numbers.)

Add to this the researches of Fritjof Capra in which he states it is necessary to have a minimum of some 240 different amino acids before life can be sustained, and we begin to see how outlandish the ideas of the 1950s were – clearly part of another agenda. But to find them advanced by an ‘expert’ in 2023 leaves me in despair.

That’s before we even get to the questions of how was the money raised for such an extended flight and what was the real purpose? Why was that wealth spent on so trivial a matter when life on this planet teeters on the edge of collapse? The only conclusion I can reach is – rare elements. How can we mine the asteroids? Are they worth mining in the first place?

So once more we find the academic, scientific community towing the line of prevalent opinion (aimed at maintaining dominance and oppression) to ensure further funding for whatever outlandish experiments it can come up with next.

And meanwhile throw a sop to the kids to keep them quiet, believing this is the only planet in the universe which has life on it, but don’t let them dwell on that too long since they may then ask the question – why aren’t we protecting it?

Author: Keith Armstrong

Dance teacher, writer, film-maker, educationalist, enthusiast.