Master of Arts (MA)
W. David Beck
Primary Subject Area
Primordial Soup, Genetics, DNA
Hart, Jennifer A., "An Analysis of the Primordial Soup Hypothesis with Respect to DNA Structure and the Genetic Code" (1995). Masters Theses. 82.
The primordial soup hypothesis is currently the most popular origin of life theory. This hypothesis suggests that DNA and self-replicating organisms were formed out of a warm, aqueous environment on the surface of the prebiotic earth. However, recent studies have shown that the primordial soup hypothesis is not only lacking in factual support, it is also internally flawed. The primordial soup hypothesis is statistically impossible, and it does not adequately account for the origin of the specified complexity of the genetic code. The very nature of the genetic code requires an intelligence source. Universal experience shows that specified complexity is always the result of intelligence. Furthermore, the hypothesized chemical reactions that would have formed amino acids and proteins have not been reproduced in laboratory conditions which reflect the conditions of the prebiotic earth and atmosphere.
The inadequacy of the primordial soup hypothesis requires that another origin theory be proposed. Any new origin theory must be statistically more probable than the primordial soup, and it must also adequately explain the existence of the specified complexity of the genetic code without having internal flaws. The positing of intelligence as the origin of life satisfies these requirements. This theory is statistically more probable than the primordial soup, and it also demonstrates an intelligent source of the specified complexity of the genetic code. Thus, the intelligent-cause theory must be affirmed over the primordial soup hypothesis.