We don’t know. Some people think we know, but a real scientist will agree with my first sentence.
The theory, still unproven, is that life evolves from dead matter. We’re still searching for life on other planets to prove this wet-dream of scientists, but still we have no proof of concept – just a concept – to the chagrin of science. We are frankly disappointed we haven’t found life elsewhere than Earth.
Evolution starts with creation of stars that create elements like the ones we have on Earth. We think when conditions are right that the chemicals develop amino acids (this is proven), which are the basic building blocks of life.
From there, eventually by combination and permutation it develops into something that could be called life.
Again it’s not proven but widely accepted. We don’t know for sure, hence my first sentence.
So which is it? Adam and Eve or the Big Bang?
It’s a dark mystery.
We all know how an atheist would answer, and we all know how a fundamentalist Christian, Jew or Muslim would answer. Trying to argue either side would therefore be fruitless, like expecting to convince a pro-lifer or pro-choicer to accept the opposing view.
Simple acknowledgment will suffice. Both communities are replete with ambiguities. For example:
- Do we really understand how chemical evolution morphed into biological evolution? Just how did amino acids become DNA anyway?
- What’s causing the galaxies to accelerate apart rather than slow down and collapse in on themselves? Dark energy? What’s that? Obviously, astrophysicists don’t know. That’s why they call it dark. Not as in evil, but as in “I have no clue.” All they know is gravity should be slowing it down and it’s not. What’s really happening is a dark mystery.
It goes on and on.
- There’s too much mass in the galaxy. They call that one dark matter. Instead of flying apart, the outer stars, like ours, remain orbiting the galactic center and we don’t understand why.
I’m sure you realize I don’t have the answers either, but that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
The whole quandary is a dark perplexity.