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Is this science?

March 3, 2006

Mar 29, 2001,  Dov in biologicalEvolution forum.

I just finished a quick scan, in the April 2001 "Scientific American", of R M Hazen's "Life's Rocky Start", pp 62-71.

I have an uneasy feeling that I read an example of a scientifically corrupt article. Its approaches to the subject of Life's Start is like the approach of "developing" a patent medicine, and the whole presentation is amply pregnant with "must have"s and "may have"s and "probably"s and "suggests"s etc.,. This versus what I think would be a scientific approach – going backwards from present life forms and peeling off layers in back-tracking.

The opening statements irked me : "..the first living entity must have been crafted from air, water and rock". Now this is what I call a scientific statement.

I wonder if you folks out there saw this article and what your opinion is about it…and while we are at it what is your opinion about his "life being a product of…basic chemical reactions…"…

DH

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