Re: Dembski and Nelson at MIT and Tufts

Kevin O'Brien (
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 14:12:09 -0600

>Heisenberg, Schrodinger and Dirac laid down the foundation of quantum
>mechanics--which describes the whole of chemistry. Those I listed were the
>fathers of quantum mechanics.

Of course they were, but they won their prizes for their discoveries of
different phenomena of quantum mechanics, not because they were the fathers
of quantum mechanics. As you explain above, they won their prizes
individually for their individual achievements as quantum mechanics was
first being described, not all together as a group years later after quantum
mechanics had been recognized as a legitimate field.

Those who laid the foundations for the ultimate success of abiogenesis were
not doing the kind of research that would attract much attention outside
their field, or would lead to any amazing breakthroughs on its own; it
wasn't until after their individual research could be examined in total that
they understood what they had achieved.

>Who are the fathers of life from matter?

Even if I knew who they all were, I wouldn't waste space writing out a
hundred plus names that no one but me would recognize. Who are the fathers
of enzymology? I don't know, and it doesn't matter. Their research
demonstrated that enzymes are catalysts, whether we can name them or not,
whether they were ever officially awarded for their efforts or not. The
same is true of abiogenesis.

>Cool it man!

I will when you stop spouting nonsense and actually read the scientific
literature for a change.

Kevin L. O'Brien