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The Origins of Life on the Earth

Note: the following event is not sponsored by
this meetup.  I only promote it because the topic
is fascinating and very relevant to
Christian/atheist discussions.  (RSVP here if you
want; but it doesn't mean anything, like no saved
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If creationism is wrong, and life really did evolve out of non-life, then how did that happen?  Isn't it impossible?

If you are seriously looking for the answers to those questions, then here is an opportunity.  It is a free lecture by a life origins research scientist.  The following info is from the internet:

Presentation: "The Origins of Life on the Earth"

Presenter: Niles Lehman, Professor of Chemistry, Portland State University


Sometime around 4 billion years ago, a funny thing happened on the Earth: lifeless chemicals gave rise to living organisms. This lecture will discuss what we know -- and what we don't know -- about this fascinating time. It will describe some of the basic chemical reactions that had to have happened for life to emerge, and explain that many of them make a lot of sense, while others are still hard to envision. The audience should get a rough sense of how life got started here on the Earth, and perhaps some insights into whether it could have happened elsewhere in the universe.

Dr. Lehman earned his BA in chemistry at UC Berkeley in 1984 and the PhD at UCLA in 1990. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps Research Institute [masked]) and University of Oregon [masked]) before joining the PSU Chemistry faculty. His research is focused on the biochemical and genetic issues involved with the origins of life on the Earth. As an evolutionary biochemist, he is interested in applying the same principles that govern the changes over time in modern populations of organisms to the populations of molecules that comprised the "primordial soup" from which life self-organized some 4 billion years ago. He is currently the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Molecular Evolution.

Parking info:

Parking free after 7 pm in Structures 1 and 2.  TriMet access via MAX Green and Yellow Lines and Portland Streetcar


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