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THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHing Greg Kitsock’s thoughtful and thorough piece on Dr. Hubert P. Yockey’s groundbreaking use of information theory to show why the origin of life is one of science’s unsolvable problems (“The Primeval Soup Myth,” 8/6).
George Mason University professor Harold Morowitz was quoted in the article as saying that he has met my father two or three times, and claims that my father has “some deep theological beliefs that are carried over into his scientific writing” in an effort to dismiss his work. Morowitz should confine himself to facts and scientific methods in a scientific discussion, not scare tactics without a shred of evidence.
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I am nearly 40 years old and my father has been one of my best friends all my life. Despite the thousands of hours I have spent talking with my father, I have no clue what his religious or spiritual beliefs are. My brothers and I were not raised in any church and the little religious instruction I received as a teenager I obtained on my own initiative. Throughout my life, my father has neither expressed criticism nor support for any of my spiritual explorations.
I do know that my father believes that science must stick to facts and scientific methods and let religion manage matters of faith. The search for the origin of life is based on the faith that matter has the ability to organize itself into life, not on scientific principles. What will happen in 10 years is not the emergence of new methods that will permit the creation of life in a test tube as Morowitz predicts. Instead, in 10 years, innumerable molecular biologists will have been left behind by a new generation that understands information theory, that recognizes it is indeed the mathematical foundation of molecular biology, and that uses it daily to solve problems that, unlike the origin of life, do have answers.
Silver Spring, Md.