VOL. XV, NO. 15
5/27/97 - 6/9/97
Letters to the Editor
Great News about Wages
Greg Lake Interview
Mobile Then & Now
UST's in the U.S.
|Figure 1. Original cellular genesis in retracement taped by Mr. Randall Grubbs. A large chunk of thermal protein (1000x) is contacted by warm 1.0% sodium chloride solution. On cooling, protocells stream forth in less than two minutes.|
[Editor's note: The following is a transcript of the presentation by Dr. Sidney Fox on May 15 at the Harbinger symposium, "Religion & Science: The Best of Enemies - the Worse of Friends," with an introduction of Dr. Fox by Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb, one the project's directors.]
by Sheldon Gottlieb
From the dawn of recorded history we know that human beings have been asking questions about who they are, where did they come from, what purpose, if any, do they have on this planet, and what happens to them, if anything other than decay and recycling, after they die. Over the past few weeks we have explored aspects of these questions from the religious, scientific, and philosophic points of view.
Tonight we are going to explore one of the more fascinating aspects of the subject of where do we come from, from the point of view of how life on this planet originated--how life came into being from non-life; how inanimate organic molecules self-organized into animate cells. One thing that will make tonight so exciting is a video tape that you will see, one that has not yet been shown to the rest of the scientific world,one that is being prepared for presentation before a scientific audience, in which you will see the phenomenon of living cells forming before your eyes.
A few months back, Pope John Paul II, came out with what many people consider -- at least for the Vatican -- an historic statement concerning the Roman Catholic Church's view on accepting evolution as a scientific theory.
Before the Papacy makes such a historic statement, it tends to study the issues very carefully. The Pope did not want to have the church make the same mistake with evolution that it had made with Galileo and Giordano Bruno.
There is no doubt in my mind that one of the great influences on the Pope was the work of the man we are going to be privileged to hear tonight, Dr. Sidney Fox.
Dr. Sidney Fox is a native of Los Angeles, who received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. The chairman of his Ph.D. dissertation was the famous evolutionary biologist and geneticist, Thomas Hunt Morgan, who personally taught young Sid aspects of evolution. (...Full Story)