A critical reader commented on a previous column that I’ve been blind to something obvious when it comes to abiogenesis – the formation of life from non-life:
Once you bring up abiogenesis, that's a loser for naturalists/atheists. You need some type of genetic code, a method of replication, and metabolism all at the same time for a group of chemicals to survive for natural selection to work. I'm skipping over a bunch of other things, like all the amino acids have to have left-handed chirality, etc. And we keep having discoveries that push the sudden appearance of life (once conditions permitted) to just a blink of the eye in geological terms. "What could be the alternative to life coming from nonliving matter?"
(He’s quoting me there)
So blind in assuming certain assumptions... it's not about the need for matter. The heart of the matter is the need for intelligence to organize matter.