Re: The Origin of Life Prize

Bill Hamilton (
Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:59:45 -0400

Art wrote

>Somehow I am very suspicious of this site. Sounds like a setup to me.
>It certainly is in my opinion, a prize that will never be claimed.

While I wouldn't characterize my reaction as suspicion, let me point out
that the rules of the competition would make it difficult or impossible for
me as a Christian to consider participation, even though I'm fairly
convinced that evolution does occur and could well be a mechanism God used
to bring about life as we know it. The first paragraph on the page
stipulates that

The Origin-of-Life Prize" (R) (hereafter called "the Prize") will be
awarded for proposing a highly plausible mechanism for the spontaneous rise
of genetic information in nature sufficient to give rise to life. To win,
the explanation must correspond to empirical biochemical and thermodynamic
reality, and be published in a well-respected, peer-reviewed science

The kicker is "spontaneous". If I were to submit an entry, I would by
implication be accepting their claim that life arose spontaneously. As a
Christian I know that, whatever the mechanism(s), life was ordained by God
and therefore did not arise spontaneously.

Bill Hamilton
William E. Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D.
Staff Research Engineer
Electrical and Controls Integration MC 480-106-390
GM R&D Center
30500 Mound Road
Warren, MI / (home)