Can Lifeless Chemicals Produce Life?
You tell me. Can lifeless chemicals produce life, or does life come from life? And if life comes from life, what does this tell you as to the origin of life?
Do you remember when you went to school, you learned that Louis Pasteur disproved "spontaneous generation"? That is, disease did not come from nowhere, but came from life. Yes, even bacteria does not arise from mere chemicals. Not even a "primordial ooze".
Unfortunately, an idea called vitalism arose, probably spurred on by church teachings. Vitalism said chemicals took two forms: those of life and those not of life. The chemistry of life became organic chemistry. The other was inorganic chemistry. But wasn't vitalism shot down eventually?
Yes, it was. But it would later be reborn as evolution. But you can read more about that here: Chemistry Questions: Organic Compounds, Life, and Vitalism
Some teachings die hard. Isn't it about time vitalism - in whatever form - should be put to rest?
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