The argument from biogenesis: Probabilities against a natural origin of life [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 19 (5):739-764 (2004)
No evidence exists that the accidental origin of life is too improbable to have occurred naturally, but there are numerous attempts to argue so. Dizzying statistics are cited to show that a god had to be responsible. This paper identifies the Argument from Biogenesis, then explains why all these arguments so far fail, and what would actually have to be done to make such an argument succeed. Describes seven general types of error, with examples. Includes a table of forty-seven statistics used by over twenty authors to date.
Keywords biochemistry  biogenesis  god  life  naturalism  origin  probability  statistics
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-005-6860-1
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Neeraja Sankaran (2012). How the Discovery of Ribozymes Cast RNA in the Roles of Both Chicken and Egg in Origin-of-Life Theories. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (4):741-750.

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