Posted: Mar 25, 2010 3:14 pm
by byofrcs
rainbow wrote:
Rumraket wrote:
I find it exciting because many of these various compounds are the building blocks of life today. I find it exciting because they could have been the building blocks of the first lifeforms on earth. I find the Origin of Life an exciting subject.

I find the origin of life to be interesting too.
However these simple undirected reactions form many more compounds that are not 'building blocks of life', for instance the alkane hydrocarbons we've discussed elsewhere.
There is nothing magical or significant about them. There are just simple organic compounds. The right proportions under the right conditions - they form, along with thousands of other compounds.
Now find some RNA in space, and I'll be really impressed!

That doesn't make sense unless there was some kind of competition in space to select for the chemicals to cause then to evolve to RNA.

Where is the competition in space to drive selection ?.