Walter Bradley on Origin of Life Research (Dallas Science Faith Conference 2020 Pt1)

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The origin of life from non-life remains one of the most enduring mysteries of modern science. Dr. Walter Bradley explains why materialist suppositions fail as science, pointing to the need for an intelligent author of the first life. At the 2020 Dallas Conference on Science & Faith his presentation explored the paradox-filled intellectual world of origin-of-life research. According to Bradley, one of science's biggest questions has always been, and remains, what is the origin of the first life? The Baylor University Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus and co-author of the seminal intelligent design book The Mystery of Life’s Origin, discussed the current state of the research which is that scientists simply don't know what brought about the first life. Also in this segment, a Q&A session with three scientists who sparked the modern intelligent design revolution. That was in 1984 with the publication of The Mystery of Life’s Origin (see The pioneering authors, biochemist Charles Thaxton, materials scientist Walter Bradley, and geochemist Roger Olsen, were interviewed by Center for Science & Culture director Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in Cell and Darwin's Doubt. The annual Dallas Conference on Science & Faith explores exciting scientific discoveries about the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the development of biological complexity, as well as critiquing the scientific and cultural impact of Darwinism. It also deals directly with the intersection of science and religion and the role that faith plays in scientific research and study. Walter L. Bradley is a senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture and the namesake of the Institute's Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science (Physics) in 1965 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1968, both from the University of Texas (Austin). He subsequently taught at the Colorado School of Mines, Texas A&M University as Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and for 10 years at Baylor University as a Distinguished Professor. His research area has been Materials Science and Engineering, with a focus on the mechanical properties of plastics and polymeric (plastic) composite materials, fracture and life prediction. He has received more than $7 million in research funding and published more than 150 refereed technical papers and book chapters. He has been honored by the American Society for Materials and the Society of Plastics Engineers as Educator of the Year. His most recent work has focused on converting agricultural waste into functional fillers for engineering plastics to provide new economic opportunities for poor farmers in developing countries. Be sure to check out these related videos: The Power of Evolution (Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe, Ep. 3) Did you know that a growing number of scientists doubt the Darwinian theory of evolution? At the Heart of Theistic Evolution, an Inescapable Contradiction ============================ The Discovery Science News Channel is the official Youtube channel of Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture. The CSC is the institutional hub for scientists, educators, and inquiring minds who think that nature supplies compelling evidence of intelligent design. The CSC supports research, sponsors educational programs, defends free speech, and produce articles, books, and multimedia content. For more information visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Twitter: @discoverycsc Facebook: Visit other Youtube channels connected to the Center for Science & Culture Discovery Institute: Dr. Stephen C. Meyer: The Magician's Twin - CS Lewis & Evolution: Darwin's Heretic - Alfred Russel Wallce:
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I guess I can finally say "first." I have heard all of this information before but i gotta say it never gets old since I changed my perspective a few years back. I pray that these videos continue to be produced.
REALLY fantastic stuff. Walter Bradley and Jim Tour both formed the foundation of my thinking around Origin of Life. The problem of Neo-Darwinism shouldn't even be broached in conversation unless & until Origin of Life is solved & argued first. To just grant life as a brute fact or just assume it is to concede FAR too much.
I love the Discovery Institute, great to see more from them!
I find that most people who have faith in evolution think I'm stupid if I conflate the origin of life, abiogenesis (few have heard of "chemical evolution"), with evolution. They're positive there was an initial microbe that came about somehow which started evolving. But they don't know where it came from or how, and they don't want to discuss it.
Thanks for recording this. I'm looking forward to the second part. I will say though that it is kind of sad that already the atheists have given this video thumbs down.
Origin of life "science", as it is presented to the general public, is actually a pseudoscience that denies real chemistry. Change my mind (or refute me If you can). The "chemical evolution" hypothesis of Oparin doesn't make any chemical sense. The first living cell, with a minimum of 256 protein-coding genes, ATP production capacity, filled with complex molecular machinery, and self-replicating, could not have formed spontaneously according to our current knowledge. For life 4 classes of compounds are needed: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleotides, we don't know how to synthesize any of those in prebiotic-like conditions. What we know is that in order to synthesize then, a series of intermediate steps are necessary, and that these intermediate products (and final products) are frequently unstable to air, light, water..., (the peptide bonds of proteins, for example, rapidly undergo hydrolysis in water), which means that time is a not a good argument in favor of abiogenesis, the whole process would have to occur very rapidly. Also, life compounds are homochiral, but random reactions produce racemic mixtures (for example, the aminoacids produced by Urey-Miller are racemic, while life's proteins are made (almost exclusevily) of l-aminoacids), and that is a huge problem in terms of chemical synthesis. Also, the proposed reactions for the prebiotic synthesis of nucleotides are thermodynamically unfavourable, meaning they do not occur spontaneously. And that is only the beginning of the problem, even If we had all the molecules, we have no idea how to build a cell. All the nanotechnology that we have developed so far looks like "childplay" in comparison with the "simplest" cell. In summary, from the point of view of the chemical sciences, origin of life remains a total mistery.
awesome content keep up the great content
well done pleas more videos on origin of life
The lack of any real doctrinal teaching in the congregations per se is UNMITIGATED. Just taking family to church means nothing! GOD'S BREATHED WORDS CALLED THE BIBLE give clear teachings in plain language, especially the epistles that specifically addresses the Body of Christ under grace, not law. The average believer cannot even discuss God's breathed words with any depth at all. Most all denominations in the enviorns of Christianity do not even agree on how one is actually saved and all that ramifies thereafter, beginning with receiving new birth ( born again of the heavenly Adam, given the Holy Spirit upon hearing with faith, the gospel of one's salvation) and God's righteousness in Christ. For these reasons and more the college kids are seldom, if ever, able to defend the faith. They can also now know more and more about Intelligent Design, it is at their fingertips. Good doctrinal bible teachers are FEW AND FAR BETWEEN today. Paul said in 2 TIMOTHY 4:3 a day was coming when sound doctrine will not be endured. So, in the churches the vacuum- little, if any, real knowledge and understanding of God's breathed words- fills up with constant emoting, even having songs, books, traditions which are unbiblical. Hence, the faith young people going to be taught by ATHEISTS is easily destroyed much of the time.
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You four gentlemen are such an inspiration, in this poor fallen world, to see your wisdom and insight on the forefront is a huge blessing !!
and I think we can not do back-engineering wit human body, you can only take apart for peaces which is something way different
A would say that there is no other way then first life was as full functional man and women because human is irreducible and you cant do back-engineering to one cell without having man and women in first place
Searching for the Origins of life are scientists who can't see the forest for the trees.
It's like a research on how phones can create.
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Do phones reproduce?
Should be more like how the factory that made phones got created.