Re: salty water?
Posted by DA Morgan on May 16, 2002 at 15:33
Re: salty water? (Andy™)
Of couse it is. But speculations about chemicals that could be put into pills and kill germs was speculation before penicillin. Now it is so mundane as to not even raise an eyebrow.
My point is that you are trapped by your perspective. Today, not having all of the pieces to the puzzle, it is impossible to say whether life formed spontaneously from chemicals built up in nebulae.
But take yourself 100 years into the future and assume that 60 years in the past (about the same time in the past that antibiotics were first introduced) we are having this discussion.
If someone were to pull up this thread you would look the same as the people that said men couldn't fly before the first airplanes.
Things always look easy with 20:20 hindsight. The trick it to be willing to see which way the wind is blowing and adjust one's mind to accept the possibility.