American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter. Also called autogenesis, spontaneous generation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, the production of living things otherwise than through the growth and development of detached portions of a parent organism; spontaneous generation. Abiogenesis was formerly supposed to prevail quite widely even among comparatively complex forms of life. It is now proved that it occurs, if at all, only in the simplest microscopic organisms, and the weight of evidence is adverse to the claim that it has been directly demonstrated there. The tendency of recent biological discussion, however, is toward the assumption of a process of natural conversion of non-living into living matter at the dawn of life on this earth. Also called
abiogeny. See biogenesisand heterogenesis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) The supposed origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation; -- called also
abiogeny, and opposed to biogenesis.
- n. a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter
- a- + bio- + genesis (Wiktionary)
“So the question is, "How do you know if the blind leap of faith in abiogenesis is wrong?”
“Sadly, in practice, abiogenesis is not yet allowed to be considered falsifiable or subject to the weight of evidence.”
“Is it acceptable for scientists, functioning as scientists within science, to take and to teach the view that belief in abiogenesis is not scientifically warranted by the evidence, and to support this view with the chemical evidence that this is not how unguided chemicals behave?”
“If the leap of faith in abiogenesis can persist despite the repeated failure of attempted abiogenesis theories and the absence of any defensible explanation of how it is supposed to actually work, how can a faithful believer in abiogenesis know if that faith is misplaced and they are wrong?”
“So, it would seem that by Coyne's own standard, believers in abiogenesis are in a state that cannot be described as a way of knowing.”
“Because my knowledge of abiogenesis is pretty minimal.”
“If you include abiogenesis with evolution, then the neodarwinist will say, Ah, but abiogenesis is completely different.”
“The latter statement indicates that we * have* determined that abiogenesis is impossible within the limitations of our methodology. fifth monarchy man: Exactly”
“This statement indicates that we have determined, within the limitations of our methodology, that abiogenesis is impossible.”
“The latter statement indicates that we * have* determined that abiogenesis is impossible within the limitations of our methodology.”
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