In his review of Ben Stein’s new movie Expelled, Time magazine critic Jeffrey Kluger tells us:
The man made famous by Ferris Bueller, however, quickly wades into waters far too deep for him. He makes all the usual mistakes nonscientists make whenever they try to take down evolution, asking, for example, how something as complex as a living cell could have possibly arisen whole from the earth’s primordial soup. The answer is it couldn’t–and it didn’t. Organic chemicals needed eons of stirring and slow cooking before they could produce compounds that could begin to lead to a living thing.
I am having a flashback to Columbo.
Murderer: “Well, apparently the killer did a, b, and c.”
Columbo: “Oh… well that explains it.”
Columbo walks toward door, pauses, and turns: “Oh, just one more thing, sir.”
OK, so the soup was stirred for a million years… What difference does that make?
By the way, the authoritative Mr. Kluger is a journalist and attorney who’s authored some stuff on science topics. I guess that gives him standing over and above the rest of us “nonscientists.” You know, it’s the old “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV.”