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A Prediction for Artificial Life

Materialists predict they will create "artificial life" in a test tube in the next 3 to 10 years. I have a counter-prediction: They will succeed only by re-defining "artificial" and "life." For example, "artificial" will cover any human manipulation of an existing organism -- so replacing a few genes or enzymes in an already-living cell will count as creating "artificial life." And "life" will be anything that can undergo "Darwinian evolution" -- such as an artificially engineered system of molecules -- even though it can be sustained only in a carefully controlled laboratory environment.

But a free-living cell? I don't think so. We are still many years and many discoveries away from understanding the nature of life even in prokaryotes. And Darwinists -- with their attitude that they already know all the important things there are to know about life -- will not be the ones to
make the necessary discoveries.

That's my prediction.