Yale University Computer Science Professor Takes a Look at Protein Formation Probabilities – Wintery Knight

When I was in graduate school, we studied a book called “Mirror Worlds”, authored by famous computer science professor David Gelernter at Yale University. This week, I noticed that Dr. Gelernter had written an article in the prestigious Claremont Review of Books. In his article, he applies his knowledge of computer science to the problem of the origin of life.

Evolution, if it is going to work at all, has to explain the problem of how the basic building blocks of life – proteins – can emerge from non-living matter. It turns out that the problem of the origin of life is essentially a problem of information – of code. If the components of proteins are ordered properly, then the sequence folds up into a protein that has biological function. If the sequence is not good, then just like computer code, it won’t run.

Here’s Dr. Gelernter to explain:

To read the rest of this insightful post that discusses the probabilities of proteins forming themselves by chance, please click on the direct link below:

Yale University computer science professor takes a look at protein formation probabilities


  1. I’m not sure how much more evidence is needed to finally bring down the theory of evolution. It seems that even real science, can’t convince those who say science has proven the theory, to abandon it once and for all.


  2. Even a non-Christian such as Aristotle did not believe that life could arise from non-life by spontaneity and chance (see his Metaphysics, book I, chapter 3). Why? Because by definition chance does not explain a purposeful or designed event. If one tries to explain a purposeful event by chance then the cause would not be chance but evidence of some kind of goal directedness or end. Chance could not even explain a chance event. If we said that chance explained a chance event, then it would not be chance but it would be some deliberate (therefore, purposeful) producing of a so-called chance event. Purpose must have one (or something) who brings forward the purpose, as design implies a designer. At some point biologists have to consider metaphysics and the law of causality. In the words of Aristotle, “among existing things there must be from the first a cause which will move things and bring them together”. Thanks for the great post, Bruce. Keep up the excellent work.


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