Today if someone were to ask me the question "What is a life form?" I wouldn't know what to answer, and the truth is that most of us would struggle to answer this question. According to the scientists, "A life form is a self-sustaining chemical capable of evolving itself." Is the answer to one of the biggest mysteries of the universe that simple? It certainly is not, and that answer has confused me even more. So I ask again, what is a life form?
This question has not been clearly answered despite years of research and the question, itself, has been debated for some time, without any outcome. According to the Theory of Evolution, a group of chemicals evolved to create life. The other theory argues that God created life as well as rest of the universe. As of now, neither group has provided groundbreaking evidence in order to prove their respective theory correct. Though the groups are firm on their theories and beliefs regarding the beginning of life on Earth, both the theories remain highly inconclusive and debatable to date.
Is there a way to settle this debate? Well, there is a group strongly lobbying its belief in Darwin's Theory of Evolution. This lobby has high expectations from an experiment that is being carried out in a laboratory in Florida by a group of scientists. There is a new stream of science which is known as "Synthetic Biology" and this particular science is dedicated to researching the evolution of life on Earth. The experiment is called "Artificially Expanded Genetic Information System" and is more commonly known by its acronym "AEGIS." Under this experiment, the scientists have been trying to create a self-sustaining synthetic genetic life form which will be capable of evolving itself. Though, at the moment, "AEGIS" is in the initial stages of development, the scientists strongly believe that with enough time, the synthetic life will evolve as it is designed to do. Darwin’s theory will get a great boost, if the “AEGIS” experiment turns out to be successful.
Before Darwin loyalists start rejoicing the possible successful outcome of the "AEGIS" experiment, I would like to bring to everyone’s attention that, just like the scientists who are attempting to design life in a laboratory with combination of various chemicals, there must have been a scientist who designed and decided the first life form on the Earth. This scientist, my dear friends, is none other than the supreme powerful being whom we all call "God."
Now, thinking from a neutral perspective, I believe that both the groups are trying to garner maximum support for their theories, with an aim to achieve mass appeal for their respective group. It is assumed that the theory that attains the maximum appeal can have an edge over the other because of their acceptance by the majority. If one looks at the issue philosophically, scientists should not repeat the mistakes that God made while creating human life. Howerver, the real burning issue here is which of the two theories — Darwin or Genesis — is correct?
In my opinion it would be a better option for all of us to look at both the theories in conjunction with each other. The Darwin theory assumes that based on intelligent design, life is a mixture of chemicals evolved by natural selection, whereas, the Genesis theory assumes that day by day God created the animals, birds, trees, man and woman. So, if you look closely there are hardly any differences in both the theories and, without going into minute details, both the theories assume that the life form was created by an intelligent design. In Darwin's theory wherein the intelligent design is not given a name, the Genesis theory calls this intelligent design "God." So it would be better for both the groups to work in conjunction with each other and look at the uncovered facts or continue with their research, keeping in mind each other’s beliefs. This way we will be a little closer to realizing the mysteries of life that have baffled humankind since long.
In addition I opine that the scientists should research life in order to learn the secrets of it and not to create an artificial intelligence/cloning in a laboratory, as we certainly wouldn't want the fiction of Frankenstein to turn into a reality.