(so, yeah, I missed another day. not a great start for a guy who wrote a book on the importance of 15 minutes of continuous effort a day. It’s ok, I’ll forgive myself. Doing some extra writing tonight)
When I first read the Genesis Question back in the 20th century, I was surprised that there were so few extrasolar planets that had been discovered (it was just under 300 at the time of the first printing). Listening to high school government educators and watching Hollywood movies, I thought it was safe to assume that we knew about the existence of thousands of planets. Any one of them no doubt bursting with life.
In an article just published a few weeks ago, that number was cited at over 3000. So we have detected roughly 10 times as many planets as we had when I first began reading on the subject of Creation Science and Astronomy and the body of work at Reasons to Believe.
With 10 times the body of evidence, the likelihood of finding another Earth-like planet seems to keep going down. In fact the probability of even finding another solar system resembling ours keeps shrinking with every new discovery.
If you ask the average person what is required on a planet in order for there to be life, most people would answer: water. Where there is water there is life after all. But this is the answer of an uneducated person, or of a NASA scientist with an agenda.
In order for a planet to support life requires far more than just the presence of water. For example, Jupiter may have a chunk of frozen H2O somewhere in it, but there is no possibility of Jupiter supporting human life or any kind of life for that matter. The science fiction fans may take exception to that, arguing that life can take on many forms some that haven’t been discovered yet that have adapted to live on the harsh conditions of the gas layers of Jupiter.
Perhaps if physics and chemistry worked differently from planet to planet, otherwise, no, you are wrong. It is impossible for life to exist on Jupiter. Let’s take a look at what exactly life is and what it requires.
If you’ve watched Star Trek than you now that we are carbon-based life forms. Everything alive on Earth is carbon-based life. Sci-fi authors have speculated that silicon could be the basis for other life forms, since the silicon molecule is so close in structure to carbon and that those silicon-based life forms would be much hardier and not require oxygen to live, etc… Take one semester of biochemistry and you will be immediately corrected on this.
All life in this universe under the laws of physics as they exist need to be built up from molecules of carbon. All life requires at the very minimum of minimums, 1) the ability to process energy, 2) the ability to reproduce. The instructions for how to do these things needs to be encoded in strands of DNA which store information and program the cells to carry out the functions to do these two incredibly small subsistence level “life things.” Silicon cannot form stable enough chains to store even that small amount of information.
So for those of you that thought that we would discover crystal-based, liquid-based, or gaseous life-forms, you are now arguing for atheism based on fantasy works and should probably let the grownups continue the discussion.