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Comment author: deekoo 05 July 2010 09:56:47PM 5 points [-]

moedavid, Darwininan evolution is relevant from the moment you have anything that replicates itself - any of the hypothesized simpler replicators would have been subject to the same process of selection-by-survival that drives the evolution of modern life forms.

It's a mistake to look at modern bacteria as if they were the first life on Earth. A modern bacterium is the product of billions of years of evolutionary refinement, and the short lifespans of many bacteria mean that they can cram more evolutionary iterations into that time than more long-lived organisms can. They may well be genetically further away from the First Cell than we are.

Also, there is a big leap from 'we haven't been able to determine the exact naturalistic mechanism by which DNA life evolved' to 'therefore it was created by intelligence', and another big leap from 'it was created by intelligence' to 'it was created by supernatural intelligence'.