Account of life: The earth is 4.5 billion years old. At that point in time, several distinct forms were instantaneously created, an amoeba, a fish, a plant, a reptile, an amphibian, an arthropod, and a mammal. These original forms diversified into the innumerable species we see today. But these forms did not evolve from one original organism, so there is no need to justify the origin of life from a biochemical soup. Life was instantaneously created along the forms listed above at the beginning moment of time. Random mutation and speciation has occurred from this beginning moment in time to produce all of the species we see today.
Afternote: This is not my view, and I am not presenting it as such. If I were, I would need to provide evidence for the truth of this account. I have proposed this because of a recent discussion with a friend, and because the creationist crowd seems to be a little slow these days. My question is, although there is no factual evidence in support of this account, is there enough scientific evidence to disprove this account of life?
Thanks guys, my geology background is severly lacking. I was thinking of very complicated biological arguments, but the geological evidence is much simpler. Is there anything else that could be offered?
I actually do not find this argument particularly convincing. Could it be possible that these organisms survived by other means, at least initially, and then later evolved the means to breathe oxygen? Also, I suppose I could change the original position so that these species were simultaneously created 2 billion years ago, when dioxygen formed. Come to think of it, the simultaneous origination of the original forms does not need to correspond to the creation of the universe. What do you have to say to this?
As a question of curiosity, why was there no dioxygen until 2 bya? Did dioxygen appear with the first plants, or was it caused by some other factor that in turn aided the formation of plants and animals?
I don't know enough geology to argue about the nature of the evidence, but I'll take your points as true.
amoeba "kind" - Achaean period plant and fish "kinds" - Vendian period arthropod "kind" - Pre-Cambrian period amphibian "kind" - Devonian period reptile "kind" - Carboniferous period mammal "kind" - Triassic period ignorant creationist "kind" - Cenozoic period
Being a flexible scientific investigator, I change my position so that each of these "kinds" were inserted at various points in the earth's history, as you have labelled. But I am going to contend that each kind insertion was a separate event, and that no two kinds evolved from one another.