Still to early imo to say what these things are, and more importantly, where they come from. We have an enormous, complicated and extremely active
biosphere... any number of organisms can be 'swept up and rained down.' Further, imo, I don't see panspermia as a stumbling block for ID....
can't see this settling any of the arguments (eg IC, front loading etc.) I do see where your going (assuming your seeing this as a sort of 'missing
link' between chemistry and biology) but I would't jump the gun yet.
FWIW I liked your first title better.
Originally posted by Mr Mxyztplk
Intelligent design merely states that there is a God
No. ID says that we can, scientifically, detect design in nature... at least that's the attempt. Interpretations of philosphical and metaphysical
implications will, and do, vary. I like to say it shows that we're not here by accident. Technically you could plug in some uber-advanced alien
civilization and not change anything about the design inference.
The 'alien designer theory' isn't testable or falsifiable either BTW.
Unless we get some better scopes and find: "inspected by #47" or better: "made in Serpo" written on the bottom of the flagellum. 'Cause
everybody knows Serpians make the best ones.
Creating life from the 'ground up' isn't outside the realm of possibility and some scientists (see: Guth) theorize we could even create an entire
universe, define the paramaters etc, etc. So the designer could
be 'normal' if you will. There's just no way to determine that... hence
nobody claims to be able to identify the designer. Which bugs the critics to no end.
While the whole 'God did it' thing annoys me, at the end of the day, it is my belief
and I don't care to argue against it (ie, pro alien.)
Technically though, that extrapolation is un-warranted/neccessary and changes ID from science to philosophy aka
psuedoscience. Some say the
'science part' of ID isn't really science either but I digress.
But... imo, that's the fear to be sure. If ID is shown valid (many-many moons from now, if ever) every creationist from here to Timbuktu will be
saying I told ya so... or something to that effect. Might all just be philosophy at the end of the day (which means "they" couldn't ever
"disprove" it)... sometimes I just don't know. Sorta like using science to determine good and bad (ie, design and chance), which science doesn't
Still pretty cool find though
They said that they think it's replicating based on the 'buds' viewed under a micrograph... if it's
replicating without DNA that's BIG news I would think. Regardless, if it did come from space... that's big, BIG news too. Guess will know more
when the next series of tests are published.