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Less than 600 years ago, the vast majority of scientists believed the sun goes around the earth.   Even after both Copernicus and Galileo died, many scientists still insisted the old Ptolemaic model was correct.   If we examine the evidence with any fairness at all, what humans call "science" has a historical track record of constantly changing its mind regarding even the most fundamental of concepts.

According to historian Will Durant, medical research was set back several decades because scientists refused to accept basic evidence for human blood circulation.  Until very recently in historical terms, most scientists believed disease spontaneously arises.  Two decades into the 20th Century, the majority still believed in an eternal static universe containing a single Milky Way galaxy.

Since the mapping of the human genome and other recent evidence, today there are major revisions taking place in biology, astronomy, physics, quantum mechanics, and virtually every other field imaginable.  Many if not most scientists today believe life existed prior to the earth itself.

Emerging theory among various astrobiologists goes something like this:  What causes life came out of the big bang, is refined in stars, is constantly re-seeded from supernovas and other cosmic events, finds it way around accretion disks of newly formed stars, and, from there, ends up on innumerable planets and space-rock debris.

Then, as conditions allow within newly formed solar systems, life probably arises on untold zillions of planets, most likely in many exotic forms unknown to us.  At least one scientist has proposed exotic forms of life may hover on giant gas planets, needing no solid surface to survive.

Additionally, many geneticists have begun to openly challenge fundamental natural-selection theory, contending that reproductive survival is only one of several reasons why living forms change.  How to define "species" is still debated; the term itself is a human construct, part of an invented system artificially classifying life according to our very limited view and understanding of a much larger cosmic process.

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The modern evidence is overwhelming that all of life is created to adapt and change within an ever-changing grand-design cosmic reality, very far over our collective heads.  And, though what we define as "species" arise and die out, life itself marches on, in spite of great cataclysmic events here on earth and, much larger and far more destructive events within a space/time continuum called "universe".

On the other hand, today there is zero evidence life ever has or ever will "evolve", in the sense life somehow magically self-designed from scratch.  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica article "Evolution", modern science doesn't know how, when, where, or why life first arose on earth, or what form it took.  Life adapts and changes in reaction to ever-changing universal environments, and that is all.

For all we know, life may have existed prior to the universe we live in. And, life may continue to exist forever and ever, long after our current universe passes away.  Does science really know what is true?   You decide. 

 

http://www.RichardAberdeen.com

Richard Aberdeen is a Nashville, Tennessee based author and songwriter and owner of Freedom Tracks Records, a multi-genre independent record label focusing on political and social issues, where the music is always free.


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Extensive supporting footnotes and links for the a... by Richard Aberdeen on Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 5:29:34 PM
Thanks for the link but it doesn't seem to work.... by Daniel Vasey on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:24:48 AM
Try this one--I'm not sure why the other one doesn... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 8:45:16 AM
Correction to above link:http://freedomtracks.com/... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 10:56:14 AM
Where do I begin?Large numbers of geneticists reje... by Daniel Vasey on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:23:31 AM
First of all, it is erroneous that only theologian... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 8:52:40 AM
I also might add, if you go to www.sciencedaily.co... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:32:29 AM
So, are we getting closer to the notion that the u... by Burl Hall on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 4:40:36 AM
According to Jesus, he is the way, the truth and t... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 2:15:13 PM
Never said anything about intelligence in my post,... by Burl Hall on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 4:40:18 PM
The existence of parts within parts and everything... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 8:53:35 PM
Also, regarding your mention of "the deep", consid... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 8:58:39 PM
The attitude to science as portrayed here, is flaw... by David Chester on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:42:06 AM
That is correct, science is not what is true but r... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:03:45 AM
I also might add, Darwin unlike many modern scient... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:19:22 AM
Correction to my response in second paragraph abov... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 10:07:55 AM
Science is method, not dogma. Referring to current... by Jim Eldon on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 12:30:35 PM
Thanks for simplifying and cutting through the bs ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 1:14:47 PM
My response is in two parts, because this forum do... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:29:00 PM
[ PART TWO ] As a different example, it is... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:36:23 PM
Richard, You are making a claim and the burden is ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 10:40:15 PM
I've heard that nonsense before, which comes strai... by Richard Aberdeen on Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:14:08 PM
I might also add, a common claim from atheists aro... by Richard Aberdeen on Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:21:44 PM
How about this, perhaps my favorite bumper sticker... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 at 11:51:16 PM
This is copied from the footnotes of the above art... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 1:46:21 AM
This is copied from the footnotes of the above art... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 1:48:03 AM
To say "I am agnostic" is to claim the universe mi... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 1:53:19 AM
Back to you: Who created God? AND what do you mean... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 8:04:53 AM
As I have already stated previously, God as "I AM"... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 2:05:47 PM
Sorry, I did not intend to make multiple responses... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 1:59:43 AM
Many well known scientists, educators and others u... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:02:33 PM
 To the extent that anyone knows what is true... by Carol Jackson on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 3:35:15 PM
No, evidence is the means we have of knowing anyth... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:44:10 PM
Richard, You have clearly "won" this discussion. M... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 1:54:09 PM
Same to you.  Opinions are myriad and I hold ... by Richard Aberdeen on Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 4:04:24 PM