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Date: 2008/02/27 11:18:02, Link
Author: LawnBoy
Quote (kevinmillerxi @ Feb. 27 2008,11:05)
"why is panspermia considered scientific and ID is not"

There are a couple of things here.

1) Your premise is flawed.  You equate two ideas that you claim both rely on an external intelligence.  In fact, that reliance is only in ID.  Panspermia does not assume an outside intelligence at all.
2) Panspermia is just a hypothesis.  It hasn't been proved enough to be considered a theory.  Considering it a valid scientific hypothesis is acceptable.  Calling it a valid scientific theory wouldn't be acceptable.  Trying to use political means to force Panspermia to be taught in public schools as equivalent to real scientific theories would be even less acceptable.

Date: 2008/02/27 17:19:42, Link
Author: LawnBoy
Quote (kevinmillerxi @ Feb. 27 2008,11:20)
Apart from that though, I agree that the best Panspermia can ever be is a hypothesis, because it doesn't answer the ultimate question of how life originated in the universe, just how it originated on earth.

As to your second point, I'm trying to cut away the religious and political baggage attached to this issue and focus on the scientific questions.

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I'll concede your first point--sort of. Certain versions of Panspermia don't require an external intelligence, but others do


That's true in a way, but it actually partially answers your questions.  There's an inverse correlation between how much a particular version of panspermia relies on external intelligence and how will respected that version is.  A version that says the precursors of life came and asteroid or a comet provide testability (we can look for forms of life in asteroids and comets), whereas a version that says that an intelligent alien colonized the earth gives us nothing testable.

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Apart from that though, I agree that the best Panspermia can ever be is a hypothesis, because it doesn't answer the ultimate question of how life originated in the universe, just how it originated on earth.


I can't quite agree.  It's possible that we will find evidence of life on asteroids or comets or Mars in a form very similar to what evidence says earliest life on Earth was like.  If that combined evidence were strong enough (and resolved correlation/causation issues), then panspermia could be considered a valid Scientific Theory of how life started on Earth.

However, it wouldn't answer the question of how life started in the universe - it just pushes the question of original creation of life back.  In that case, it would be a valid Theory for one problem and irrelevant to another problem.

Date: 2008/05/05 17:14:20, Link
Author: LawnBoy
I don't know if this had been noted previously, but the weekend numbers are up:

15th place
$678,304 for the weekend
$6,613,256 overall so far

 

 

 

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