By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International
During the dark ages, people believed non-living materials could become life by a spontaneous process. They foolishly believed that garbage had the potential to turn into maggots, flies, and rats. This was proven false when the Italian physician Francesco Redi performed his famous experiment. He covered some garbage with a very fine gauged screen separating the flies and rats so that were not able to infest the garbage.
Redi’s simple experiment proved that life could not arise from non-life spontaneously. This became the prerequisite for the important Law of Biology that states all life comes from pre-existing life.
Later in history, Darwin and other evolutionary biologists modified Redi’s law by stating life originated spontaneously from non-life in the distant unobservable past. These scientists believed that billions of years ago, in some unknown place, in some unknown way, non-living molecules assembled by chance to form the first cell which then became the mother of all life. Click here to continue reading.