On March 30, 2017, Ratio Christi was privileged to host Dr. Paul A Nelson of the Discovery Institute.
Why don’t dead cells come back to life? “Because they’re dead!” is the obvious answer, sometimes followed by “what a stupid question” – but the obvious answer conceals a remarkable fact. The material or physical components of a cell, even when present in their entirety, do not constitute the living state. Moreover, there is no known causal pathway from the physical components alone, no matter how complete, to a functioning cell, an abiogenesis conundrum we can call “the Humpty-Dumpty Effect.” For decades, origin of life researchers have observed the Humpty-Dumpty Effect, drawing from the phenomenon conclusions that range from “It’s trivially true, but so what?” to seeing profound consequences about the direction of future investigations into the origin of life. In his talk, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Paul Nelson will review the nature and history of the Humpty-Dumpty Effect, looking at the spectrum of scientific reactions to its reality, and conclude with possible implications about the existence of an intelligent cause for life, usually named God – although Neil deGrasse Tyson says it could be a computer simulation.
N.B. We would like to reiterate that Ratio Christi TAMU does not endorse or promote one view of origins over another and has members of all perspectives including young-earth, old-earth, and evolutionary creationists. Dr. Nelson will explain that, given one’s assumptions, an array of differing positions on origins can and do exist within Christianity and the culture at large. Specific views in this talk will be those of Dr. Nelson’s only.