I thought I would again share a small portion of the new book I am writing, “Defensible Truth.” This portion is from the second chapter and precedes a discourse related to the creation of plant life. It picks up after a brief evolutionary depiction of plant life flourishing from Cyanobacteria.
Defensible Truth Several Paragraphs Into Chapter 2
First, we must ask the question, where did these algae come from? After all, they had to have started somewhere. The evolutionist says, in a hot salinated pond somewhere in a then new environment, a blob of protoplasm formed as a mixture of proteins enhanced by an electrical charge, such as lightning. Being charged by this jolt of electricity the aforementioned protoplasmic blob was shaken, and the heart of life was shocked into everlasting habitations.
This idea was postulated by Charles Darwin in his book “The Origin of Species,” where he uses many of his grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin’s ideas to formulate his own. It is interesting to note, history suggests that Charles Darwin was not only influenced by his grandfather’s ideas, but by the 1818 work of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” subtitled “The Modern Prometheus.” In the introduction of the 1832 edition of her fictional novel, we find that Dr. Darwin (Charles Darwin’s grandfather) was the source of her idea.
She states, “They talked of the experiments of Dr. Darwin, (I speak not of what the Doctor really did, or said that he did, but, as more to my purpose, of what was then spoken of as having been done by him,) who preserved a piece of vermicelli in a glass case, till by some extraordinary means it began to move with voluntary motion. Not thus, after all, would life be given. Perhaps a corpse would be reanimated; galvanism had given token of such things: perhaps the component parts of a creature might be manufactured, brought together, and endued with vital warmth.”
This vermicelli experiment, while inciting a fascinating story, has never been proven or replicated in any fashion. The tale then stands as a myth that compelled Mary Shelley to fascinate her friends with a ghost story. A competitive yarn born of a gauntlet thrown down by Lord Byron; pitting himself, Mary Shelley and two other friends against one another to see who would produce the best tale.
While Charles Darwin’s fantastical idea of saline solutions, lightning, and protoplasmic blobs make for a great novel, reality measures fact against fiction and finds his theory as an unfounded narrative. The fact that Darwin’s core nominate is unprovable, unobservable, and extremely low on substance, renders his whole work to be a measure of complex conjecture.