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There are basic logical and scientific principles that apply to the question of the origin of life. These overriding principles are normally lost in the smoke of smaller arguments about missing links, arks on mountains, finches on islands, and fossils. Without a proper framework to fit facts into, it's impossible to determine where they lead to in the debate of the origin of life. What follows in this and the following two chapters in Solving the Big Questions as if Thinking Matters will provide such a framework, and, although couched in scientific terms, is nothing more than everyday common sense.

The preeminent question that we must address in trying to determine the origin of life is this: Does our physical world hold within itself the capability to cause its own origin, and then serve as a raw material for the transformation of life from simple to complex? If it does, then evolution is possible. If it does not, then we must look for another cause of the origin of life.

The basic evolutionary premise presents an immediate and apparent problem. Evolution in the broad sense is a progression from simple to complex: Big Bang explosion transforming thermal noise and hydrogen gas into the universe; simple atoms transforming to cells and then to humans. The most apparent question is how can this be true when it contradicts what we observe and experience in everyday life? We don't see matter organizing itself—rather, it rusts, breaks, falls apart, gets all disorganized and messy. If you understand that, there is no need to read the rest of this chapter. For those who disagree, or feel it is scientific for things to spontaneously transform from simple to complex, read on.

The Second Law Of Thermodynamics
What About The Exceptions?
The Origin Of Matter

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