I find it ironic that the revival of creationism that I spoke of earlier is taking place during a decade where research into artificial life is making enormous strides. Now I’ve been following developments in artificial life ever since reading about it in Steven Levy’s book and I’ve spoken about artificial life many, many, many, many times but I was prompt yet again by a recent article (and another and still another) about synthetic biology.
The point is this. If artificial life demonstrates that ordinary humans can create life from scratch (Today polio viruses, tomorrow–well–where will it end?), is there really a need for some divine being? Of course it doesn’t really settle the god issue because true believers have an infinite regress of first causes to fall back to. All the synthetic biology really does is flog the long dead horse of vitalism–which I’ve also written about before.